Epic European Cycle : 2015-09-19 : To Premantura

Type Name Description Service Provider Cost Kms To Date Total Notes Actions
Cycle Marcana to Premantura $0.00 0.00 0.00 Day 69: 46km: Total 2949km
Type Name Service Provider Confirmation Location Cost Notes Actions
Camp Camping Stupice Premantura $65.00 Two nights

Trip Log

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We rode down to Premantura today, which is a very touristy resort town south of Pula. We didn't come directly via the highway - we rode secondary roads through Kavran. The 8km after Kavran, although it was marked as a major route, was gravel... and it was through a valley. 4km downhill on gravel, followed by 4km uphill on gravel. So, for the first half, I was gritting my teeth, and for the second half, I had grit in my teeth (from the gravel trucks kicking up dust). That downhill gravel was a real woo-hoo killer. Dang. And I was so looking forward to one last good woo-hoo before we get to the much less lumpy side of the Istria peninsula.
There are so many campsites along the Istria coast that we have our pick in a lot of places. So, I created a spreadsheet of the campsites with a few key pieces of information (capacity, washer, WiFi, stars, and TripAdvisor rating). There are tons of campgrounds in the area we're in tonight, and three of them looked good, but one near Premantura - Camping Runke - looked particularly good, so we aimed for that. We came through Pomer, and the Pomer campground looked nice, but we pressed on, crossing the Pomer Bridge to get to the peninsula, and then climbed a big nasty hill to Premantura. I say it was nasty because it was at least 8%, with no shoulders, and unforgiving traffic. The Italian drivers seem to be the most unforgiving. I pushed up a lot of the way. When we got to town, we headed to Runke only to find out that it's only open for one more night (we were looking to camp for two nights so that we go through Pula on Monday instead of Sunday). So, in spite of my research, we ended up staying at Camping Stupice instead, which is nearby, and had particularly bad reviews from tenters who said the ground was very slopey and rocky. It is, but because it's the end of season the campground is quite empty and we got a primo spot on an isolated row off the side of the campground away from the industrial part with the rocky slopey ground.