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..
- 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…
- 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 kilometres from Buje (another Istrian town) and..
- 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 …
- 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 …
- 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…
- 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
- 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. ..
- 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.
Hotels in Istria:
- Banjole Hotels
- Buje Hotels
- Crikvenica Hotels
- Fazana ( Brijuni) Hotels
- Icici Hotels
- Lovran Hotels
- Medulin Hotels
- Moscenicka Draga Hotels
- Motovun Hotels
- Novigrad (Cittanova) Hotels
- Opatija Hotels
- Porec Hotels
- Pula Hotels
- Rabac Hotels
- Rovinj Hotels
- Savudrija Hotels
- Umag Hotels
- Vrsar Hotels
- Istrian Spa Istarske Toplice ★★★☆☆The Istrian thermal resort is privately owned and receives guests from all over the Europe who come looking for therapies and want to use the greatest benefits of the mineral water. Prices from €44 – Number of rooms: 50 – Check Istrian Spa Istarske Toplice, Livade availability
Ferries to Istria:
- Ferry Venice to Piran
- Ferry Venice to Porec
- Ferry Venice to Rovinj
- Ferry Venice to Pula
- Ferry Venice to Rabac
- Ferry Venice to Losinj
Small Photo Gallery of Istria:
More info and Travel Articles about Istria:
- Istria Travel Blog - Latest entries of travel news and events related to Istria
- Istria Travel Forum: Ask questions and find answers about travelling to Istria at our Istria Travel Forum
- 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