Jadransko-jonska kolesarska pot za trajnostni turizem
Percorso ciclabile adriatico-ionico per il turismo sostenibile
Adriatic-Ionian cycling route for sustainable tourism
Strategic project of INTERREG VI-A Italia-Slovenija 2021-2027 Programme
Policy Objective: A more social and inclusive Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights
Specific Objective: SO 4.6: Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation
Project duration: 36 months (1/9/2022 – 31/8/2025)
Lead Partner: Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
- Regional Development Centre Koper
- Business Support Center Kranj – Regional Development Agency of Gorenjska
- Soča Valley Development Centre
- Municipality of Kobarid
- LAG Eastern Venice
- PromoTurismo FVG
Total project budget: 4.375.000 EUR
ERDF: 3.500.000 EUR (80%)
The ADRIONCYCLETOUR project faces the challenge of making the Programme area more attractive and accessible through the promotion of sustainable tourism linked to cycling. The main objective of the project is to help define the cycling route along the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) and Veneto regions) and Slovenia (coastal network). The cycle route is part of the Adriatic-Ionian cycle route that goes along the coastline from southern Italy and, passing through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania, reaches to Greece. The ADRIONCYCLETOUR cross-border project is part of the homonymous idea of the macro-regional flagship project of the Adriatic-Ionian initiative.
The project will be implemented in three steps. The first workpackage aims to enhance cooperation among tourist service providers at local, regional and cross-border level in order to improve the tourist offer and the providers’ marketing positioning. Existing data on points of interest and services along cycle routes will be updated, tailor-made tourist offer will be developed using different tools and training of service providers has been planned.
The second part of activities will focus on infrastructure and intermodal pilot services. Three pilot services will be implemented on the main route and on the connections to the hinterland. In Slovenia in the municipality of Kobarid, the missing section of the cycle path between Staro Selo and the Robič border crossing will be built. In the FVG Region, the corridor of the Soča (Isonzo) FVG5 cycle axis will be built on the Gorizia-Punta Sdobba section, which connects to the Gorizia-Nova Gorica cross-border axis. The intervention in Eastern Veneto is linked to the restoration of the Maranghetto cycle bridge, part of the GiraLemene cycle route. Four intermodal services will also be launched: bicycle transport on the Bohinj railway train, the Isonzo-Cividale and Koper-Karst bike-bus services and the maritime service for the transport of bicycles between the four cities of Slovenian Istria. Intermodal services will facilitate cycling in the cross-border area.
The third workpackage aims to establish a permanent cross-border working group at institutional level to promote a stable dialog on tourism and sustainable mobility, possibly within the Joint Committee of the FVG Region and the Republic of Slovenia. A specific contribution in terms of policy recommendations to macro-regional strategies to support the development of sustainable tourism and mobility at macro-regional level is envisaged.
Activities foreseen in the Slovene Istria and the Karst area:
- Restart of maritime passenger and bike transport service during summer 2023 and 2024 between Ankaran-Koper-Izola-Piran.
- Restart of the bike and bus service between Koper and the Karst in summer 2023 and 2024.
- Identification of tourist and mobility stakeholders who will be able to participate in the cross-border working group.
- Stimulate cross-border cooperation among tourist offices and associations in the exchange of information.
- Promotion of the region to local and international events.
Adrioncycletour official website: ADRIONCYCLETOUR | Italia Slovenia (ita-slo.eu)
Summer maritime and bus lines
A maritime line connects the cities of Slovene Istria this summer. The boat can carry up to 70 people and 10 bicycles. The transport is available every day, except on Mondays, twice a day. The stops for passengers are in Ankaran (pier Valdoltra), Koper (outer shore next to the parking lot on Ukmarjev trg), Izola (pier in front of the Marina Hotel) and Piran (port on the pier at the red lighthouse). Ticket prices vary from 2 to 5 EUR, bike transport to be additionally paid 1 EUR. The passengers’ service will be performed also in case of bad weather, unless this would be risky for a safe navigation. Boat Timetable 2023
During weekends also a free bus transport service for passengers and cyclists is available. The bus is equipped with a bike trailer. The departures are from the main bus station in Koper twice a day. BikeBus Timetable 2023
It is not possible to reserve a seat in advance. Both services are available till the 3rd of September 2023.
The two services are co-funded by the European regional development fund within the ADRIONCYCLETOUR strategic project, Interreg VI-A IT-SI Programme, and by eight municipalities of the Coastal-Karst region.
Boat passenger service Ankaran-Piran
Regional Development Centre Koper will relaunch boat passenger service which will connect four cities of Slovene Istria within the ADRIONCYCLETOUR project, Interreg VI-A Italy-Slovenia 2021-2027 Programme. The service will start on Tuesday, 27 June 2023, and will take place within Sunday, 3 September 2023, every day, except on Mondays, twice a day in the morning and in the afternoon. The boat called Zlatoperka that can carry up to 70 passengers and 10 bicycles will offer the service.
Booking is not possible. The passengers’ service will be performed also in case of bad weather, unless this would be risky for a safe navigation.
Ankaran-Koper: 2 EUR
Ankaran-Izola: 3 EUR
Ankaran-Piran: 5 EUR
Koper-Izola: 3 EUR
Koper-Piran: 4 EUR
Izola-Piran: 3 EUR
Bicycle transport: 1 EUR.
The stops for passengers are the following:
– Ankaran, on the pier Valdoltra
– Koper, outer shore next to the parking lot on Ukmarjev trg (Ukmar square)
– Izola, on the pier in front of the Marina Hotel
– Piran, port on the pier at the red lighthouse
This pilot action is co-funded by the European regional development fund (80%) and by the municipalities of Izola, Piran, Ankaran and City town of Koper (20%).
Free bus transport from Koper to the Carst during summer 2023
The ADRIONCYCLETOUR project, Interreg VI-A Italy-Slovenia 2021-2027 Programme, launches a service for passengers and cyclists during the 2023 summer season. It’s a circular bus transport service for passengers and cyclists – BIKE&BUS. The bus transport will be free and will be available on Saturdays and Sundays, from the 1st of July till the 3rd of September 2023, on the route from Koper to the Carst (and back).
List of bus stops:
Koper (main bus station) – Kozina – Rodik – Škocjanske jame – Lipica – Divača – Sežana – Štanjel – Sežana – Divača – Škocjanske jame – Rodik – Kozina – Koper (main bus station).
The bus is equipped with a bike trailer. The departures will be from the main bus station in Koper. Seat reservations are not possible in advance.
This pilot action is co-funded by the European regional development fund (80%) and by the municipalities of Komen, Hrpelje-Kozina, Divača and Sežana (20%).