Neglected Kanfanar – Rovinj railway in Croatia to be given new life as hiking and cycling trail

The town of Rovinj is a major attraction.
The town of Rovinj is a major attraction. Image: Jeroen Komen Wikimedia CC BY-SA 2.0

The trail, when completed, will connect the coast to the interior and, among other things, offer innovative and modern tourist facilities, relieve road traffic from cyclists, preserve the route and add accompanying technical and construction facilities as valuable industrial heritage. 

The main challenge at the very beginning of the project was to identify and analyse the present condition of the route which consists of different features such as large stone embankments, ravines and bridges and there were parts where the rail road longer exists. The objective is to develop cycle tourism, and complementary activities in the villages nearby, preservation of natural and in