Istria, Croatia

The Green Mediterranean Paradise

Istria is the biggest Croatian peninsula, with overwhelming diversity between its western, eastern and inner sides. Its hilltop towns, UNESCO sites in coastal areas, Roman amphitheatres and rustic villas, beaches, the National Park Brijuni, many artisan food and wine markets, create a paradise for gourmet, culture and nature lovers. It also boasts with distinctive wine varieties such white Malvasia, Muscat and ruby-red Teran. Istrian wine roads and wine makers feature as the most prominent in all of Croatia. Key highlights: Hilltop towns (Buzet, Roč, Motovun), Poreč, Rovinj, Lim Channel, Brijuni National Park, Momjan vineyards, Pula Amphitheatre, walking, cycling, diving, swimming, truffle hunting, food and wine tasting WHEN TO GO AND HOW LONG FOR? Tourist season traditionally begins with Easter and...
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Istria is the biggest Croatian peninsula, with overwhelming diversity between its western, eastern and inner sides. Its hilltop towns, UNESCO sites in coastal areas, Roman amphitheatres and rustic villas, beaches, the National Park Brijuni, many artisan food and wine markets, create a paradise for gourmet, culture and nature lovers. It also boasts with distinctive wine varieties such white Malvasia, Muscat and ruby-red Teran. Istrian wine roads and wine makers feature as the most prominent in all of Croatia.

Key highlights: Hilltop towns (Buzet, Roč, Motovun), Poreč, Rovinj, Lim Channel, Brijuni National Park, Momjan vineyards, Pula Amphitheatre, walking, cycling, diving, swimming, truffle hunting, food and wine tasting

WHEN TO GO AND HOW LONG FOR?

Tourist season traditionally begins with Easter and ends in November, but Istria is open for visitors all year round. The best time to come is early spring, when asparagus is fresh for picking, and summer heat is not yet so vivid. Also, September and October are grape harvesting months, followed with truffle hunting in Motovun woods, and olive harvesting in October and November. Thus, minimum stay desirable is one weekend, but you can roam around for a week or two and still find remarkable differences in such a small area.

WHERE TO GO?

Most famous wine areas are:

  • Momjan and Buje (Northwestern Istria)
  • Central Istria (Motovun, Višnjan)
  • Poreč area (western Istria)

 

What else is there?

  • Agritourism accommodation
  • Cycling and hiking routes
  • Beaches
  • Medieval hilltop towns (Motovun, Buzet, Roč etc)
  • Hum, the smallest UNESCO town in the world according to UNESCO
  • Cities of Umag, Novigrad, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Labin
  • Lim Channel, the biggest Croatian fjord
  • Pazin Castle and Cave, famous for Jules Verne story
  • Kringa, home to the first European vampire
  • Višnjan Observatory 

DON'T MISS

  • Don’t miss dinning in local traditional taverns ('konoba') and agritourisms. These are the perfect places to try local, homemade, organic and fresh food and drinks - especially homemade pasta and biska, a centuries old mistletoe brandy.
  • Local festivals – Istria is full of small local festivals, mostly dedicated to patron saints or to a particular dish; they are held all year round and offer insight on how Istrians themselves like to party, eat and drink. Everyone feels like a local here, even if they participate in a patron saint festivity in a village or in a fishermen festival on the coast. For example, 15th of June marks the Festival of Malvasia in the town of Brtonigla.
  • Be active. Istria is beautiful if you know how to discover it! It is perfect for cycling, hiking and water sports.
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