Istria is largest peninsula in Croatia, located on the very west part of Croatia. It looks like a triangle (see map on the left) and is very popular destination for tourist and travellers due to it's close vicinity to Italy, Slovenia and Austria, as well as it's large coastline, full of small and larger bays with hundred of places and villages offering tourist services.
Interior of Istria peninsula is also very attractive, with numerous small towns built on top of the hills around Istria. Istria became part of Croatia (ex - Yugoslavia) after the Second World War as previously it belonged to Italy, so culturally, Istria is very much influenced by Italian culture.Lot of various companies do holidays to Istria. Istria was called " Terra Magica" in Roman times. Istria is much more westernised than the rest of Croatia due to it's rich and versatile history.
Destinations in Istria:
Brijuni (Brioni) Islands - an attractive group of islands near Istria Peninsula, with the main islands Veli Brijun that is Croatia National Park and open to visitors. These islands used to be one of the Tito's favorite residence. Brijuni archipelago are attractive group of islands near Istria Peninsula, with the main islands Veli Brijun that is Croatia National Park and open to visitors. In more recent history almost every major statesman visited the islands as Brijuni were residence of late President Tito .. read more.. + Brijuni Directory
Groznjan is a 14th-century Venetian town , known nowadays as Town of Artists - an arts colony, where, since 1965, painters, sculptors and musicians comes to live and work. Groznjan is one in the row of pretty Istrian hill top medieval towns,architecturally similar to Motovun or Pazin. This small town in the central part of Istria, 8 km southeast of Buje or 26 kilometers north... read more ... + Groznjan Travel Directory
Motovun - Small town in central / continental Istria located on the hill above pastoral valley with views all around Istrian hills. It become very trendy as it hosts every summer Motovun Film festival. Motovun is one of the best preserved Istrian hill medieval towns. It is located at the south side of Mirna River Valley about twenty kilometers from Buje (another Istrian town) and..read more + check Motovun Travel Directory
Novigrad or Cittanova in Italian, is a small, picturesque town located at the north-west shore of Istrian Peninsula, just about 25 km away from Slovenian border and about 15 km from Porec, Umag or Buje - another places in Istria. Novigrad is positioned on a small limestone peninsula on which the old town centre is built, surrounded by well preserved mediaeval walls ... read more + Novigrad Travel Directory
Pazin - a nice little town in continental Istria. The old part of the town, called Kastel, lies on a hill about 130 meters above the abyss called Jama or Fojba in Italian. In the abyss bellow the castle, Pazincica river flows. Kastel - Medieval Castle is built on a cliff ... read more + Pazin Travel Directory
Porec - Important Istrian tourist resort, built in Austro-Hungarian style architecture, featuring Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Porec. This ancient settlement of Istria is also popular day trip destination from Venice Italy...+ Porec Travel Directory
Pula - main Istrian city and important Croatian port and industrial centre being something in between a busy working port and active Istrian Riviera town.It features huge and amazing Roman amphitheater still used as summer stage for various opera and pop performances + Pula Travel Directory
Rovinj - walled town built on small peninsula - very popular tourist destination - regular daily trips to Venice. This fishing port was once the principal town of the Istrian peninsula; it is one of the most attractive towns in the region and its historic centre was modelled on Venice. .. read more + Rovinj Travel Directory
Umag - Istrian tourist place with numerous hotels. Umag is well known for it's yearly Tennis tournament.
Rabac - Another popular tourist destination with numerous hotels and camping grounds.
Accommodation in Istria:
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Istria Travel News and Blogs:
Latest entries of travel news and events related to Istria from our Istria Travel Blog:
Croatia and Istria ranked among the best destinations for going on holiday by car
According to recent announcement for 2012, the Germany’s largest automobile club ADAC has ranked Croatia as the third best destination for going on holiday by car. By the same survey, in regional selection Istria is reanked as the most desirable destination, followed by Bavaria,...
Istra among Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions for 2011
Istria (Istra), the Croatian region that covers largest peninsula in Croatia, is chosen among Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions for 2011. In the Lonely Planet’s article , Istra is discribed as follows: ‘Tone Tuscany down a notch or two...
Two new luxury resorts in Umag, Croatia
Sol Meliá, the largest resort hotel company in the world, has shown its commitment to improving the quality of its hotel portfolio in Croatia with the reopening of two resort hotels in Umag , Istria: the Meliá Coral and the Meliá...
Vila Annete in Rabac among Stylish family hotels in Europe
Vila Annete in Rabac is listed among Guardian’s stylish family hotels in Europe Stylish family hotels in Europe is article in Saturday’s Guardian travel edition that recommends child-friendly holidays in chic-free zones around Europe where Vila Annete in Rabac is picked among other family-pleasing accommodation...
Istria in Autumn in the Mediterranean
In last weeks eddition of Guardian Travel, under the title Autumn in the Med, Istria is featured among other Medditeranean recommended destination. Here is an excerpt from the article: Istria, a peninsula in the north of Croatia, enjoys a temperate Mediterranean...
Nadomak Sunca, Istria, among ten of the best WWOOFing breaks
In today’s eddition of Guardian Travel, under the title ‘ Ten of the best WWOOFing breaks’ , Nadomak Sunca in Istria is also featured. The article starts with ‘ These European holidays are great for the environment and for your...
More is less: Casa Oraj in Lovran, Istria
In Saturdays’s article in Guardian, titled ‘More is less’, the writer suggest that clubbing together with friends this summer and going slightly off the beaten track, you can take your pick of castles, villas and mansions. Among other sugested European holiday...
Two holiday recommendations for Croatia
Additional two holiday recommendations for Croatia in recent The Guardian travel supplements: Glam beach retreats for under €100 : Beach bungalows, Palmizana, Croatia Glitzy Hvar is Croatia’s celebrity magnet. It’s here that the moneyed dock their mega yachts, stepping ashore...
Motovun’s Mondo Konoba in NY Times
Mondo Konoba, located in Motovun, Istria was featured in today’s New York Times. This is an excerpt from the article: Mondo Konoba may be the best little restaurant that you may never reach. It is what eating in the Old...
Your spending money will go much further in Croatia
According to article in Observer’s travel section, British travellers should visit Croatia next summer where their spending money will go much further. In its yesterday’s article titled ‘Where to holiday beyond the Eurozone’ they suggest to do following swaps : Swap Corfu for...
An affordable way to explore Istria’s beautiful coast and medieval towns
An affordable way to explore Istria‘s beautiful coast and medieval towns is featured in yesterday’s The Independent’s travel section. Under the title ‘Find a budget base in Croatia‘ , David Ryan writes about his Istrian experience. This is and excpert from...
New Year’s program in Valamar Diamant Hotel in Porec
Valamar Hotels and Resorts, Croatian largest hotel chain, has presented New Year’s Eve program in its popular Valamar Diamant Hotel in Porec, Croatia. Along with the program for the period from 29 December 2008 till 4 January 2009, created to suit...
Rovinj’s Hotel Lone in the Design Hotels collection
Scheduled to be opened in the summer of 2009, Hotel Lone, Rovinj, has been included in the prestigious international Design Hotels AG collection, and has thus become the first Croatian hotel within this globally renowned brand. This opens up a...
Flights to Pula from European Airports
As last year on the beginning of April, Ryanair ,the low cost airline, introduced the flights between Pula and London on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while Croatia Airlines will provide flights to London once a week. Pula Airport has also started...
New ferry boat line Pula – Fazana – Rovinj – Pula
There are some good news comming from Croatian authorities about boats and ferries in Croatia : The municipalities of Pula, Fazana and Rovinj have last week agreed to jointly finance a new ferry boat line that will connect Pula via Fažana (place accross...
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More info and Travel Articles about Istria:
Istria, Kvarner and Central Croatia Road and Ferry Map
Sailing in Istria - an introduction about sailing in Istria
Escape: Croatia has the taste of old Tuscany
The architecture, landscape and truffles on every menu will remind you of Italy, but Istria has a brand of hospitality all of its own, says Claire Prentice
The first sip of Romano’s raki makes the hairs in my nose prickle. By the second my eyes have filled with tears and my throat is on fire. My host looks on approvingly as Rina, his wife, pushes over a plate of freshly baked cake. I have only been in Istria a few hours and already I’m being treated as one of the family.
The raki, flavoured with honey but still not sweet enough to take the sting out of the pure alcohol, is just one of the treats that Romano has in store. He also makes his own wine from the vineyards that surround the house. You can drink endless amounts of it and because it is organic, he promises, you will never get a hangover. With that he uncorks a bottle and begins to pour. read more
Tuscan Style farm Tourism in Istria - an interesting article about farm tourism in Istria - (by Reuters)
Hire yourself a piece of history in 'the new Tuscany' - From village houses to palazzos, the Istrian peninsula is the new place to go for charming self-catering properties: With its lush green hills, fertile valleys and honey-coloured medieval hilltop towns, Istria has been described as 'the new unspoilt Tuscany'. But Istria can stand firmly on its own merits, among which are modest prices, a glorious unpolluted coastline (albeit without sandy beaches), picture-postcard Venetian strongholds such as Rovinj, a safe, tranquil environment - the region was untouched by the civil war of the Nineties - and friendly people. Plus bags of history - there's scarcely a civilisation that hasn't left its mark - and the Croatians of today keep up the cultural traditions with exhibitions, concerts and festivals in even the smallest villages. read more
New Istra Bike Trails Website: The Istria Tourist Board recently launched a new website http://www.istria-bike.com/ which is dedicated to cycling offers of Istra. It offes a range of valuable Istria cycling information targeted to tourists and local fans of recreational and professional cycling... read more
Other Istria info: Istria Travel Directory - directory of Istrian Travel Links Top Tourist Sights of Croatia :: Photo Album - Cities of Croatia