The largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Istria is a must-see destination. The bucolic interior of rolling hills and fertile plains attracts artsy visitors to Istria’s hilltop villages, rural hotels and farmhouse restaurants, while the verdant indented coastline is enormously popular with the sun-and-sea set.
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Why you will love it
Istria's madly popular coast gets flooded with central European tourists in Summer, but you can still feel alone and undisturbed in the peninsula's interior, even in mid August. Add acclaimed gastronomy, starring fresh seafood, prime white truffles, wild asparagus, top-rated olive oils and award-winning wines, sprinkle it with historical charm and you have a little slice of heaven.
5 THINGS TO DO
The Istrian capital of Pula has an ideal location, right on the water, easily fortified and has therefore been inhabited since prehistoric times. Most clearly, though, you will see it as a Roman city. You can’t miss Pula’s Roman arena, which is reminiscent of the Coliseum in Rome. Whatever period of history you like best, you’ll find something to excite you in Pula.
2. Rovinj old town
The narrow cobbled alleyways and the small squares which have witnessed the turbulent history of the town, are full of medieval, gothic, renaissance and baroque buildings and terraces. The old town of Rovinj is the protected historical centre of the city and the most appealing part for visitors.
Apart from the small churches and monuments, which adorn its cobbled streets and squares, Motovun will enchant its visitors with its cultural offer and its wide range of activities which include cycling tracks along the valley of the Mirna River and attractive hot air balloon competitions. Take a trip to inland Istria and visit the sights of Motovun.
4. Poreč old town
Poreč is almost 2,000 years old and is set around a harbor protected from the sea by the small island of Sveti Nikola. The historical centre of Poreč has preserved the street layout characteristic of the old Roman castrum that used to stand at the same location as Poreč. Visit the old town of Poreč and enjoy a pleasant walk and seeing historical monuments and cultural riches.
Umag is well known tourist destination and is also famous among recreational and professional athletes. For more than twenty years, the prestigious tennis tournament ATP Croatia Open is held here. Umag also has cultural heritage that can be seen at the Town Museum or in the streets of the old town on the peninsula, with a preserved network of lanes and medieval urban structures.
Istrian gastronomy faithfully reflects all of the historical, geographical and climatic characteristics of this area. The tumultuous past times considerably impacted the gastronomy as well. Various traditions are interlaced in the traditional cuisine, which founds its fundaments in the nature; self-propagating plants, aromatic condiments, seasonal vegetables, sea fruits…
How will Istria inspire you?
Everything is warm–hearted and friendly here: nature, towns and people.