Istria

ABOUT

Istria is the largest peninsula on the Adriatic coast and Croatia’s westernmost county. Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers makes it a great place to visit all year round.

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Organised tourism in Istria dates as far back as the Roman Empire era when emperor Vespasian built the amphitheatre in Pula, now known as Pula Arena, and used it for gladiator fights. In modern times it has been a popular tourist destination for decades, frequently visited by international and Croatian guests. Having years of experience, Istrians most certainly know how to make a holiday special by welcoming tourists with an array of organised activities. If you like a busy itinerary Istria is the place for you.

GETTING THERE

Good road connections to the rest of Croatia as well as Europe makes it easy to get to. Pula airport offers flights from and to most bigger European airports. A shuttle bus from the airport goes to Umag, Rovinj, Porec, Novigrad, Rabac, Medulin, Fazana, Pula Main bus station, Pula Verudela and Puntizela. To get to your final destination you can use public transportation, a taxi service or rent a car. Istria has good public transportation but if you want more flexibility renting a car would be the best option.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Sports enthusiasts can spend their holiday doing anything from cycling, hiking and climbing to diving, windsurfing and paragliding. If you are interested in something different you can try stand up paddling or even floating on sea yoga. There is really no end to the list of sports activities you can do in Istria.

Couples going for a romantic getaway can truly reconnect and relax in Istria. Days sunbathing with your loved one can be enriched with the experience of horseback riding on the beach after which you can enjoy each other’s company over a delicious meal in one of many great restaurants. To complete the romantic holiday of your dreams you need a bit of pampering. Local spas offer couples massages and you can even spend the whole day relaxing at a wellness centre.

If you’re going on a family holiday your kids won’t get a chance to say “I’m bored” not even once. Aside from kid friendly attractions located right on the beach, such as the semi-submarine, there are also adrenaline parks, aquariums and aqua parks. If all that isn’t enough they can even play laser tag and paintball or go on adventures in the famous Dino park Funtana.

Nature lovers will be enchanted by the natural beauty that is Istria. Some of the natural highlights are Brijuni islands national park, Ucka nature park, Cape Kamenjak, Cave Baredine and Motovun forest. Istria also has more than two dozen beaches awarded with the internationally recognized Blue Flag for the quality and purity of water.

For all of you foodies at heart Istria has got you covered with a large variety of absolutely delicious specialities that would satisfy even the most demanding of gourmets. Dishes prepared with locally grown, seasonal produce combined with age old recipes will make your taste buds come alive. Truffle of Istria is the star of the show which you can have a taste of in one of the specialised restaurants that offer this rare and most highly praised tuber in the world.

Istria is almost as busy at night as it is during the day. Deciding on where to go depends on your music taste and type of night out you’re in the mood for. There are lounge bars, cocktail bars and wine bars with relaxing ambiences and mellow music which are perfect for a laid back evening. Night clubs and beach bars with upbeat atmospheres play all kinds of different music genres and are packed with people. Aside from bars and clubs Istria holds different events, festivals and concerts throughout the year. Porec Open Air Festival of Life, starting in July and ending in September, transforms Porec into an open air stage for street performances, concerts, movie screenings and theatrical plays. Liburnia Jazz Festival in Opatija is held every year in July. Performers range from world famous jazz artists to aspiring new stars from Croatia.

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