Istria is the largest peninsula in Croatia. Life along its coast has been always connected to the sea. Explore the whole peninsula of Istria and get to know new places, historical towns and charming little islands. In the distance and up a hill the town of Labin is located. It is a small town that has been enclosed in walls for centuries. Rabac is located at the foot of Labin, along one of the most beautiful beaches in Istria. Point Kamenjak is located at the southernmost part of Istria and a beautiful, historic town of Pula is to the West of it, one of the biggest towns in Istria, as well. This town is adorned with an antique arena, 6th in length in the world. A magnificent harmony of flora and fauna stretches along the South-western coast – the islands of Brijuni, the beauty that will leave you breathless. Rovinj is known as the most photogenic little town of the Mediterranean. Its narrow medieval alleys and the warm Mediterranean atmosphere make this little town so charming.
Porec is a town of culture, tourism, sports and entertainment. It transformed from a small seaside town into an attractive tourist destination. Its attractive position is what offers you a visit to other tourist destinations. Explore its natural beauties such as the Baredine burrow, the Mark’s burrow and Pincin’s burrow. This town offers its visitors a variety of options when it comes to sports such as tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, horse-riding, biking, hiking and other sports which will enrich everyone’s vacation.
Rovinj is situated on the Western coast of Istria. It is a town of romance and art. It has been known for a long time as a town with mild climate, a long tradition and a Mediterranean atmosphere. Its surroundings offer countless possibilities for recreation and an active vacation. The old part of the town is located on an elevated part of the peninsula, surrounded by Venetian houses and paved alleys.
Pula is a town of rich history and cultural monuments. It was built at the end of a beautiful bay and seven hills. Well-indented coast, crystal-clear sea and beautiful beaches are one of many reasons why tourists always come back to this historic town.
Umag is both a town and a port in Istria, with the reputation of the Istrian sports centre because it has been the host of the ATP tournament for years now. In the past it was the summer residence of the Romans, which is evident in many Venetian houses in the old part of the town. Umag is a favorite holiday destination with remarkable outing possibilities.
While you are staying in one of the towns in Istria, fulfill your vacation, visit the surroundings and enjoy the natural beauties of this peninsula. Be sure to visit Brijuni National Park, located along the south-western coast of Istria. It is a magnificent harmony of fauna and flora. The usual, shorter tour of Brijuni is by means of a tourist train; through a safari-park, near the byzantine castrum, roman residential villa in the Verige bay, as well as many other sights and beauties. If you are a tradition enthusiast visit small authentic villages and village estates within Istria. Visit Italy and Venice, the most romantic town in the world. The most spectacular cave in Europe, Postojna, is located in Slovenia.
Istria offers numerous possibilities for recreation and an active vacation. Sports lovers can enjoy hunting and fishing in Umag (excursion fishing boats), diving and diving clubs in Novigrad, Porec, Pula, Rovinj.., equine tourism and tennis in Umag, golfing at Brijuni, biking through nearby hills, hiking on the Buje-Brest stretch, go-cart in neighboring towns near Pula, Porec and Rovinj, as well as the panoramic flights in Umag.
Over the course of centuries, the population of Istria has been exposed to military occupations and submissions. Under these circumstances, people satisfied their gourmet needs, as well as the existential ones, by using their imagination to make delicious meals out of basic ingredients. Istria is proud of countless gastronomic specialties created this way. If you are a gastronomy enthusiast, be sure to taste truffles (bulbs hidden underground, without a plant above ground; only trained dogs can find it; considered by many – the peak of gastronomy), dried figs and homemade fig marmalade, goat milk, olive oil, Istrian prosciutto, sheep cheese, octopus salads, seafood risotto, seashell and fish specialty.