The Camino of Southern Istria on the map of world pilgrimage routes - a new motive for coming outside of the main season

The route covers 193 km and passes through 2 cities and 4 municipalities.

Author  HrTurizam.hr

16. April 2024.

In recent years, along with other countries, Croatia has been on the map of the world's pilgrimage routes, and thus the Camino route of southern Istria will join the existing ones.

This route was created as a joint product of the southern Istria cluster, i.e. the tourist boards of the cities of Pula and Vodnjan and the municipalities of Fažana, Ližnjan, Medulin and Marčana.

The Camino route of southern Istria covers 193 km and territorially passes through 2 cities and 4 municipalities and will be an attractive motive for coming and staying for several days in the area of ​​South Istria, especially before and after the main tourist season.

The route was realized on the initiative and in cooperation with Brotherhood of St. Jacob from Samobor, which in 2017 became part of the eponymous Confraternity from Santiago de Compostela and is the certified publisher of the Croatian pilgrim's passport, which is a valid document for pilgrims on all European routes of St. Jacob.

Photo: Tourist board of the city of Pula

Photo: Tourist board of the city of Pula

As in the rest of Europe, the route will be marked with a bright yellow stylized shell, Jacob's scallop, applied on a dark blue background, as a recognizable attribute of the saint, and will be divided into seven pilgrimage chapters.

It's about seven stages which can be covered in one week, as long as it takes to truly experience the historical, cultural, and especially sacred heritage immersed in the impressive natural surroundings and unique urban units of southern Istria.

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Everyone who dares to cross, that is, cross the Camino route, will receive pilgrim's passport or Credential del Peregrino, as well as an official document on the completed pilgrimage, pilgrimage certificate or Compostela, issued by the Croatian Brotherhood of St. Jacob. 

The seal or credential will be 18 and will have characteristic motifs and colors for the locality next to which it will be located.

Photo: Tourist board of the city of Pula

Pilgrim's passport and certificate will be available for download at the tourist information centers of all tourist communities of the Cluster and at other locations published on the web portal, while stamps will be placed along the Camino route.

The project has a large promotional advantage considering that it is part of the world's Camino routes, which valorizes its importance among all stakeholders - restaurateurs, accommodation facilities, shops and others.

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The project was applied for the first time to the HTZ tender for the grant of support from the Fund for United Tourist Boards in 2022, for which the HTZ council allocated funds in the amount of 13.273 euros, while in 2023, as part of the same tender, 20.000 euros were allocated.

The funds were specifically used for the creation of a traffic study, trail markings, creation of visuals, photos, camino passports, stamps and compostela. 

Photo: Tourist board of the city of Pula

 

Opening The Camino route of southern Istria is planned for Saturday, May 4, 2024, crossing the path from Vodnjan to Fažana. The gathering is in Vodnjan, on the Župni trg, i.e. in front of the church of St. Blaža at 13:30 p.m., while departure is scheduled at 14:30 p.m.

The path has a total length of 12 km and passes by the church of St. James, the Kažun park, the church of St. Michael, St. Spirdon and St. Stjepana in Peroj and along the promenade by the sea, it continues all the way to the center of Fažana, where it is planned to arrive at 17.30:XNUMX p.m.

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Refreshments with water were organized for all participants along the trail, refreshments with frittata in Fažana, and transportation by bus back to Vodnjan, where the cars were left. 

In order to participate in the hike on the occasion of the opening of the route in order to receive a voucher for refreshments, it is necessary to register via the website www.southistria.com where all additional information can be found in four languages.

Photo: Tourist board of the city of Pula

Adria Camino Festival organized by the Brotherhood of St. James - Croatia with the support of the South Istria cluster, which will take place from May 2 to 5 in Pula at the Hotel Park Plaza Histria.

Various workshops will be held at the festival that will present various Camino destinations, talk about preparation for the pilgrimage, there will also be interactive workshops, and an exclusive screening of the new Camino film. The Way, My Way Bill Bennett.

All participants will also take part in the opening of the Camino trail of Southern Istria.

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Photo: Tourist board of the city of Pula

Photo: Tourist board of the city of Pula

Author  HrTurizam.hr

16. April 2024.