Don't miss the beauties of Istria! The Istrian peninsula is a region that combines a coast and littoral area with the interior, so you can decide whether you want to spend a day on the beach or in the interior of Istria! Central Istria is a rural area that is still close to the sea. It is characterized by small, historic towns and villages with a deep historical, architectural, and cultural heritage reflecting the rural landscape.
Poreč and Pula are the largest cities in Istria. Here you will encounter many traces of the past. It is worth visiting the sixth century Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, which is under the protection of UNESCO, the Pula amphitheater and its museum, the Pula Fortress dating from the Austro-Hungarian empire, the aquarium in the Verudella Fortress, Brijuni National Park, the many archaeological sites, and other cultural-historical attractions. Along the way you can rest refresh yourself with the finest cuisine and wines, so that you can continue with your sightseeing.
If you go just a little way from the coast, the interior of Istria will fascinate you. It gives you the chance to appreciate the beauties of the hilly landscape: the small towns, the medieval fortresses, the traditional stone houses in the villages, the churches and the old castles.
We must acquaint you with the several types of accommodations, so that you can more easily decide where you want to go. Family farms offer you the chance to enjoy food made from ingredients raised the farm. Rural vacation homes are in the traditional Istrian style, completely adapted to modern needs, but respecting the surrounding and including the use of natural materials. Guests can rent an entire house and its accompanying areas for complete peace and privacy, but there will also be the inevitable contact and socializing with your hosts. The menu can include many items from traditional cuisine: pastas, homemade bread, prosciutto, pancetta, garden vegetables, dairy products, compotes, cakes, olive oil, excellent wines, various types of brandy and natural juices, but that is not all. Your hosts can organize cooking and canning workshops, mushroom and lavender picking, and if you only want to walk or go bicycling in the beautiful countryside, you can. Rural bed and breakfast is the name for overnight accommodations that offer a bed and a breakfast in the morning that is made from homemade products. Guest and hosts share the same living space, but everyone is guaranteed their privacy.
Istria has a well-developed network of restaurants serving authentic cuisine. It is also crisscrossed with wine roads. You can easily visit the most well-known of them in Bujština, Buzet, Poreština and Vodnjan.
To relax and rejuvenate yourself in beautiful Istria, be sure not to miss the fairy-tale excursions to the interior. Visit the town of Motovun and its forest with truffles and the Mirna River valley. Also waiting for you is Hum, the smallest city in the world and a medieval town of Glagolitic culture. You should also see the tree-lined Glagolitic road between Roč and Hum, Buzet and its county museum, Grožnjan, Buje, Triban, Završje, Karojba, Oprtalj, Livade, Vižinada and Tar, all of which are Istrian pearls of cultural-historical value and home to variety of events and festivals, depending on the time of year.
On the hills of Ćićarija a somewhat different Istria is waiting for you. You can scale the highest peak, Planik, which has a magnificent view to the Adriatic coast, Učka, the peaks of Gorski Kotar, and the Kvarner Gulf.
To enrich you visit to Istria even more, get to know its traditions, customs, and people through its many festivals. Stop, rest, and come again!