Istria – a perfect holiday destination
Visit Istria and take in...
Istria combines a playful, sunny coastline and a mystical rural interior. Learn about this perfect destination for your next holiday!
that you can discover slowly, because Istria is small enough to fit in your heart. And with 539km of coastline and 2820km2 of fragrant landscapes of vineyards, olive groves, hiking and bike trails, it's big enough to make your Istrian adventure last. Discover fishing towns alongside the turquoise sea and the hilltop fortresses of the rural interior wrapped in
the rich history of Istria
written by the cultures of the East and West, central Europe and the Mediterranean. Istria's history began in the 11th century BC when it was settled by the Histri, after whom it is named. After them came many other nations — the Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Franks, the Venetians, and the Austrians, among others. Their traces can still be seen in the urban stone architecture, the rectangular street networks, and the vivid toponyms of the villages and towns that are home to
the most famous of which is probably the Arena in Pula. A former battleground of gladiators and knights, today it is host to the open air Pula Film Festival. Because of its exceptional cultural value, the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč has been placed under UNESCO protection, as has Istrian polyphonic vocal folk music and Mediterranean cuisine. Which is perhaps the greatest reason why Istria has become
the capital of Croatian gastronomy
led by its local wine varietals, white Malvasia and red Teran, and its famous olive oil. Find a great local tavern or agrotourism farm and enjoy fragrant truffles or delicious boškarin beef goulash. If you prefer seafood, try freshly caught sole, calamari, or delectable Mediterranean scallops. And enjoy, because...
everything you try in Istria is bursting with unforgettable flavours.
Top 10 experiences in Istria
- Sunset Panorama boat excursion in Novigrad
- the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč; Hum, the smallest town in the world; Roč, cultural monument
- the picturesque hilltop towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, and Motovun
- Brijuni Islands National Park
- Roman amphitheatre in Pula
- Parenzana hiking and bike trail
- Baredine Cave
- fish picnic in Rovinj or the Lim Canal
- boat excursion to Venice
- Istralandia, one of the 5 best waterparks in Europe
- homemade fuži pasta and gnocchi, Istrian prosciutto, fresh fish, game, kroštule sweet knots, fritters...