If someone asked you to recommend the best things in Istria, you would not know where to start. Is it the beautiful nature, both the hills and the coast, or the food and wine? It might be the ancient and mediaeval remains, scattered all over the region or the fusion of the past and the present in many of its luxury villas and hotels. The reporter from Forbes was recently impressed with all of these things and concluded what is certainly true - Istria is one of the world’s best travel destinations. While all of the region is absolutely stunning, there are 5 things that should definitely be on everyone’s itinerary.
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One of the most unique experiences you can have in Istria is going truffle hunting. The truffle hunting tours are organised all-year round and you also get to try the delicacy that is one of the most expensive foods in the world! Istria is home to some of the best white and black truffles in the world so if you are left craving for more after the hunt, rest assured you will find them in many dishes of the restaurants across the region. The truffle tasting is even included in excursions to the Istrian countryside - a perfect combination of travel and gastronomy!
In the town of Pula you can find one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, Arena. It was built in the 1st century in elliptical shape and hosted gladiator fights in the ancient times. Arena is one of the most popular tourist attractions and Croatia’s best preserved ancient monument. Not only can you walk through the entire amphitheatre, you can also visit the underground area that holds the ancient oil and wine making exhibition. Should you want to see more historical heritage while in Istria, a full day trip like Ancient Istria is an excellent choice.
You will be able to try many delicious meals when in Istria and their tastiness is greatly influenced by the exquisite extra virgin olive oil. Oil production in Istria is a centuries-long tradition and the olive oils from the region have been winning international awards for their quality. Vergal, has not only won many of those for years in a row, but you can try it in Aminess restaurants and even help to hand pick the olives for its making!
Brijuni islands are one of a kind. Not only are they known for its pristine nature, the clear blue sea, but you can find archeological remains from Roman times and even a real dinosaur footprint! As if that was not enough, Brijuni islands used to be Tito’s residence, where he would welcome the foreign politicians and other visitors, who would bring him various gifts. Common gifts included exotic animals that still live in the island’s Safari Park. You can see a llama, an Indian elephant, a zebu, ostriches, zebras, parrots and peacocks, among others. There are also autochthonous Istrian animal species: Istrian "Pramenka" sheep, boškarin cattle, goats and donkeys. You can access Brijuni National Park by boat from Fažana.
The best way to fully enjoy your stay in Istria is to have pleasant and comfortable accommodation where you can fully relax and indulge in even more gourmet delights. An excellent choice is certainly the town of Novigrad in Aminess Maestral, for example, you can find several restaurants and bars, including Oliveto à la Carte Restaurant with a wide selection of Istrian specialties paired with quality wines. It is also a starting point for many excursions, home to the premium Vergal olive oil and an overall elegant, luxurious place to stay.
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