Istria smells of olives and vines. This charming Croatian peninsula is visited by thousands of tourists each year, and the local hotels and guesthouses can accommodate more than 100,000 people.
Istria’s lagoons tempt with azure color and the purity of water, the beaches are perfect for sunbathing, while pine trees growing at the seashore provide a nice shade. It’s also known as Pine Coast, which is due to a 70 km long strip of pine trees growing there.
Istria is the largest Croatian peninsula. Its shape resembles a heart, and the name is derived from the Illyrian tribe that first inhabited these areas. Remnants of the turbulent history have preserved to the recent times. Tourists can see, among others, historic urban complex, numerous religious buildings (including the basilica) and the antique buildings, such as amphitheater in Pula.
The wealth of Istria
Peninsula is an ideal place for holidays. The weather is great all year round, so you can plan holidays practically anytime. There’re 300 sunny days in the year. The local resorts aren’t as crowded as Dubrovnik or other resorts of southern Croatia, so it’s much more favorable to relax. It’s most popular among families with children, as well as couples.
Visitors are delighted especially with the beaches of Istria. The most beautiful one is located in Rabac, but the southernmost part of the peninsula (around Cape Kamenjak) enjoys quite a great popularity as well.
Enthusiasts of long walks and contact with nature will be very pleased with the stay in Istria. They will like especially the Brijuni National Park, once inaccessible to ordinary people, due to the fact that Tito, the president of the former Yugoslavia, has his cottage there. Now you can explore the islands of Veliki Brijun and Mali Brijun. In the northern part of Veliki Brijun, there’s a safari park covering more than 9 hectares. It’s a home for leopards, zebras, elephants and giraffes.
The archipelago’s great attractin is Hum - the smallest town in the world. It has the official status of the city, even though there was a time where only a dozen people lived in it.
Red, red wine
Istria is famous for its exquisite wines, sold under the family business, and even the residents of peninsula themselves often visit wineries to replenish their supplies. Tourists, wishing to taste the different flavors of Bacchus drink, should come here in May. On the first Sunday of the month the residents celebrate the Day of Wine, during which you can visit about 60 basements in Vodnjan, Buzet and Buje. To these three villages lead major wine routes.
The entire infrastructure is based on the promotion of this aromatic. Regional Tourist Association has prepared a crib-sheet for lovers of wine. In the guide Wine roads of Istria you can find a list of best vineyards and basements, where you can buy a bottle of wine, and make a tasting.
Dream of truffles
If someone prefers tasty, though a bit pricey mushrooms over the wine, should definitely visit Buzet. This charming Istrian town is situated on a hill, and its old part is surrounded by green slopes. Here, in turn, you should come in September, when the festival is held, during which each of the local restaurant offers exquisite dishes with truffles.
After the journey through the regions fragrant with olives and pine trees, you can relax in one of the many campsites in Istria. Guests can choose Camping Lanterna, located in the western part of the peninsula. Per parking space for motorhome costs from approx. 20 to 37 euros, while the accommodation for an adult - from 5 to 10 euros.
When you gain strength, you can move further. There’s a wide selection of amazing coastal towns, as well as regions located deeper in the mainland, where no one will disturb our rest.