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.



Larisa Kunst, Heidi Olenik

Tel: +386 (5) 663 75 80, +386 (5) 663 75 86



Region / municipalities

Hrpelje - Kozina

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