For road and mountain bikers, there are several roads with low traffic as well as cart tracks that offer a wide selection of MTB trails with different difficulty levels
in the immediate vicinity of Gabrovica
. For families and amateur cyclists, we would particularly recommend the numerous marked cycling paths.
The most popular one is the 120 km long Parenzana, which follows the path of the former railway between Trieste (Italy) and Poreč (Croatia). The well-marked cycle path with signs in blue with the numerical indication D8 enters Slovenia above the Škofije border crossing, and leads you to Croatia at the Sečovlje border crossing. We recommend starting your cycling tour in Muggia (Italy) right before the outfall of the Osp River into the sea, where the cycling route is also marked by a sign (9 km from Gabrovica). After a short ascent, the cycling route soon crosses the state border and gradually descends towards the Rižana River Valley on the other side. Between Koper and Izola, the route runs alongside the sea right by the former main road, which is now closed for all motor vehicles. 36 km after entering Slovenia, the road will lead you through Portorož towards the Sečovlje border crossing, where the asphalt portion of the road comes to it's end.
A shorter, yet no less attractive option is the Giordano Cottur cycling path, also set on the route of the abandoned railway line connecting Trieste to the route Ljubljana – Pula. You will find macadam in the largest part of the route, so it is not suitable for road bikes. The route starts close to the crossroads for Klanec at the regional road Kozina – Koper, where you also have the option to park. The very attractive route leading through well-preserved viaducts and tunnels high above the Glinščica Valley takes us by surprise upon its entry in Trieste, where the karst wilderness is suddenly replaced by the densely populated suburbs of Trieste. The last part of the route is paved and very pleasant for cycling, as it only crosses a few busy roads here and there. After 16 km of cycling, the trail will descend by 350 m and reach the very center of Trieste under San Giacomo (Sv. Jakob). After having visited Trieste, we recommend returning the same way, as Trieste is not a favourable option for cyclists considering its chaotic traffic and numerous ascents. A tip: there is year-round daily sea line from Trieste to Muggia, which is a good option for avoiding the rush hour in an elegant way on your return.
For families, we recommend the 4 km cycling trail from Koper to Vanganel. The path is perfectly marked, well arranged and completely flat and, unlike the Parenzana, also significantly less populated, so it is also suitable if you want to teach your children how to ride a bike. You could always extend your route in the direction of Izola or Bertoki, as it connects to the Parenzana not far from the Koper Bus Stop.
For those who want a bigger challenge, there is the AdriaBike cycling route which will – once completely finished – connect Kranjska Gora in Slovenia with Ravenna in Italy. The AdriaBike trail, which uses less busy regional roads and the existing cycling paths, is less than one kilometre from Gabrovica in the direction of Črni Kal. More information on cycling routes in the Municipality of Koper (also mountain biking) can be found on the website of the Municipality of Koper under the Tourism section. We would be very happy to help you with tips and suggestions, as we too enjoy exploring new places by bike, and are aware just how important it is to get information from locals who know the area like the back of their hand. Gabrovica lies at the crossroads of already existing and planned long-distance European cycling routes, so we would recommend making at least a few days' stop, since by combining various previously described cycling routes, you can safely and comfortably cross the greater part of the Slovenian coast.