The Istria region, which includes rock climbing around Pazin, Pula and Rovinj is the 2nd best rock climbing area in Croatia after Paklenica. In terms of routes there are over 1,200 sport routes here, which are mainly single pitch, well bolted and on solid limestone rock. Close by there is also the excellent crag at Osp in Slovenia, and further rock climbing can be found around Trieste in Italy. This comprehensive region has a good mix of grades and has got something for everyone.
The best time to rock climb in Istria is the spring and autumn; though due to the varied character of the crags it is possible to climb all year round. For example it is possible to climb at places such as Rovinj, Pazin and Cepic in the hot summer months, or climb at sheltered crags such as Limski Kanal, Dvigrad and Raspadalica in the winter. Istria is a popular holiday resort, with the main towns being Pula, Rovinj, and Porec.
This area is ideal to include a few days rock climbing as part of your general holiday.
List of rock climbing areas around Pula and Istria
|No||Crag||Total No of routes||Number of Routes in Grade Range||Multi Pitch?|
|Up to 4c||5a to 5c+||6a to 6c+||7a to 7c+||8a to 8c+||Project|
|15||Vinkuran - Cava Romana||37||0||5||17||12||3||0||No|
|20||HC (Hard Core)||9||0||0||1||2||4||2||No|