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GoatQuest: a cycling adventure

The GoatQuest cycling adventure through the Koper countryside is aimed at people with a sense of curiosity who want more from their holiday than what’s on offer in the standard guidebooks. On this tour you’ll learn about all-but-vanished folklore and superstition, see how people used to live in the area, and take part in Istrian challenges for young and old alike – and you’ll do it all while enjoying the gorgeous vistas, fresh air, and hidden gems of the Koper countryside.

Physical endurance isn’t required, since you can choose between bringing your own bike or renting one of our electric bikes.

 

An adventure for the active, the playful, and the curious

GoatQuest is a trip you embark in with your friends and your bicycle. We take care of guiding you through the most beautiful parts of the Koper countryside, pointing out local folk tales as we go, all while you complete the quest we’ve set you.

Peaceful Friends

On GoatQuest you will:

  • Search for hints to complete the quest

  • Learn about Istriana goats – and if you’re persistent enough, perhaps even see one!

  • Rest beneath a legendary oak tree and reflect on local superstitions

  • Have a go assembling some Istrian building blocks and constructing a typical Istrian stone dry wall.

  • Identify the scent of truffles.

  • Test yourself with Istrian challenges.

  • Protect yourself against the witches that Istrians call štrige.

  • Learn all you like about grape vines and olive trees, with optional visits to vineyards and olive groves.

  • Gaze across the Gulf of Trieste as far as the Alps – provided clouds don’t get in your way!

  • Relax with a traditional Istrian marenda, which will of course include products made of goat milk.

 
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GoatQuest for cyclists includes:

  • GPS directions, so you’ll always know where you are and where to turn next.

  • A brochure, to enlighten and entertain.

  • Stories, myths, and legends.

  • Real Istrian challenges.

  • Markers on the path, which will help you complete the quest!

  • A traditional Istrian marenda, including products made of goat milk – provided the goats are in a sharing mood!

 

Optional add-ons include:

  • An olive grove tour, including a degustation of home-made olive oils (requires advance booking and an additional charge)

  • A wine cellar tour, including wine tasting (requires advance booking and an additional charge)

  • A tour of the ethnographic museum (additional €1.50 per person, advance booking not necessary)

 

Istrian marenda

Marenda is an Istrian term for a light meal eaten in the morning or afternoon – enough to keep you going, but not so much that you feel too full to keep working! A marenda is often accompanied by a glass of wine.​

 

Your marenda will include:

  • Cow and goat cheese

  • Asparagus frittata

  • Fresh home-grown vegetables

  • Kroštole – a type of Istrian pastry

  • A glass of homemade refošk wine

  • A glass of homemade juice

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Choose the package that’s right for you

Getting started

We’ll supply everything you need to guide yourself around the countryside via digital navigation. Points of interest will be marked with a sign bearing the image of our goat. The route in full is 33km in length with an elevation gain of 605m. It is mostly comprised of paved side roads, as well as a few cycling paths. How you choose to travel is up to you. We recommend cycling – it’s good for the body and for the environment!

 

For hardened adventurers – bicycles

For experienced cyclists, we recommend experiencing the tour with your own bike.​

 

For slightly less hardened adventurers – electric bicycles

For those of you who are athletes at heart, but whose favourite aspect of sport is the wind in your hair, we recommend electric bikes.

Biking Trip

How it works

Self-guided tours allow you to set out on a journey of discovery on your own or in the company of your loved ones. We’ve done the legwork for you and compiled detailed instructions, researched and recorded local folktales, and logged your route in a mobile app. We’ve also added a few challenges along the way, to make the journey even more fun. All that’s left is for you to experience it!

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Who it’s for

Our tours are journeys of discovery, and they’re therefore appropriate for everyone guided by a sense of curiosity. For people, young and old, who want to learn about local myths, legends, and superstitions. For people who want to combine their lazy days on the beach with unique experiences. For people who hate boredom and have no time for guidebooks. In other words—they’re for goats, and not for sheep!

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