A jewel hidden in the Adriatic Sea
With a mix of Mediterranean and Oceanic climate, Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea and one of the most beautiful you can lay your eyes upon. Only here can you find such a modern setting, dripping with the vibes of an ancient Roman culture, whose ruins are now effigies of past, but not forgotten times.
With such a rich history, bringing together the echoes of the Napoleonic era and the eternal majestic fame of the Roman Empire, Istria is one of the most visited touristic attractions across the globe. This patch of land, falling into the Adriatic Sea, encompasses the Croatian spirit better than any other part of the country.
Your touristic oasis
You could spend years trying to uncover all its mysteries and Istria will still find a way to surprise you when you least expect it. If you have never been to this corner of the world until now, here is what you should expect:
The historic tour
For history junkies, there are several places you have to go to:
- The ancient Roman Arena ruins in Pula
This Roman Amphitheatre is a 1st century reminiscence of one of the most powerful empires in the world. It is the 6th largest in the world and its well preserved ancient architecture still impresses modern tourists to their core. And wait to see it at night.
- The Old Town
Rovinj is a name that will stick with you for a long time. With a myriad of houses crowded by the sea, suggesting a mix of Greek and Italian architecture, Rovinj is a wonder to see. Its narrow passages, combined with open market areas, colorful old buildings and the calm rumor of the sea nearby, allow for the Croatian magic to transpire in all of its beauty.
- The old town of Porec
Stranded on a patch of land diving into the sea, Porec is another town meant to steal your heart. The contrast between the ancient ruins, old buildings and the modern setting is as beautiful and as ravishing as you might expect. The perfect place to immortalize the subtle echoes of Croatian history.
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The pleasure walk
Once the historic tour has ended, it is time for the fun to begin.
- The Kamenjak National Park
The Kamenjak National Park is all about the communion with nature. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Istrian peninsula, roam the beaches or explore the hidden coves for memorable experiences you will carry with you back home forever.
- The port of Rovinj
Once the historic fever of the town of Rovinj had settled down, it is time to reignite the flames and explore the city’s pleasures. Croatia sailing is synonymous to lose yourself across the magnificent waters around the town of Rovinj, admire the bloody-red sunset over the town’s night lights and immerse in the local magic for an unforgettable impression.
- Taste the local cuisine
Nothing is more compelling in providing you with a sample of the local cuisine than KarlicTartufi, a world-renowned location for its truffle specialties. For connoisseurs, you have the Kozlovic Winery, the Wine Babos and the Aura distillery to shock your senses.
Istria is definitely one of the most beautiful touristic attractions on earth and for good reasons. All you need is one try and its magic will follow you for the rest of your life.