As the westernmost County of the Republic of Croatia, Istria borders Slovenia and has a maritime border with Italy. The peninsula is considered the largest green oasis of the Northern Adriatic and one of the most popular destinations for foreign visitors to Croatia. The spectacular shoreline has numerous bays, islands, coves and pebble and rocky beaches. Summer sea temperatures in Istria range from 23-27 Celsius.
The coast and the islands are covered with pine woods and easily recognizable green macchia. With a green countryside of vine groves, mediaeval villages and a multitude of charming port towns, Istria has at times been called the “land of truffles, wine and song.”
The flavour of Istria is a mixture of Italian with the particular charm of the Croatian Adriatic. Key towns include Pula, an extraordinary port set right at the end of the Istrian Peninsula with little streets, Roman monuments at every cross road and the magnificent Pula Amphitheatre. Pula will also provide you with some of the most seductive and beautiful beaches.
Rovinj, a fine example of a fortified town is a popular destination and considered the little gem of Istria. Porec is also a pretty town known for its 6th century Byzantine Basilica built by the Emperor Euphrasius.
Istria has a mild, Mediterranean climate (warm and dry summers, mild and pleasant winters) with plenty of clear days throughout the summer with a daily average of 10 hours of sun. The cuisine of Istria represents a special Croatian style of cooking, a blend of inland and coastal, with recipes rich in excellent fish and seafood. The excellent Istrian wines include Malmsey of Buje, Cabernet of Porec, Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Terrano of Buzet.
HOW TO GET THERE
Flights to Pula can be found from Gatwick, Heathrow, Bristol and Manchester. Croatia Airlines flies from London or Manchester, to Pula or Zagreb.
Regular domestic flights take place between Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, Brac, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Zadar.
Istria is also easily reachable by car from Trieste or Venice-Treviso airports, where Ryanair fly to, or Venice Marco Polo airport where Easyjet and VolareWeb fly to.