Istria, beautifull landscape of diversity
Istria is the northwestern region and the largest peninsula of Croatia, a combination of blue (beautiful coastline) and green part (inner part), is rich in Mediterranean vegetation.
Region has a long tradition of tourism, in which intertwine the various cultures, civilizations and customs. Visible traces of the many well-preserved archaeological, historic and cultural monuments of different ethnic cultures and times, is the testimony of its turbulent history. Was named after the ancient inhabitants of the Illyrian tribe Histri.
Geographical location (close to Italy, Slovenia and Austria), mediterranean climate, warm sea, exceptional natural beauty, many beautiful beaches determining the Istria that already in the 19th century, began to develop rapidly as a popular tourist destination, with an average of 2300 sun hours per year.
National Park Brijuni is a part of, with exceptionally preserved nature and biodiversity.
On Brijuni rested Emperor Franz Joseph and Queen of England, and numerous heads of state in modern times.
Region abounds in a small town with its small, picturesque streets, friendly and hospitable people.
Pazin is the administrative center and largest city is Pula , which is economic and tourist center.
Blue part is rich in many hotels and apartments of different categories,
and there is a possibility of accommodation quality rooms and appartments in private houses.
For those who love camping and naturism, we recommend accommodation and holiday
in one of a total of 40 campsites, of which 10 naturists campsites.
Along the coast, in all tourist centers is located 15 marinas that working throughout the year,
offering all necessary facilities for boaters. Congress tourism, sightseeing, hunting and fishing tourism,
diving, equestrian and cultural tourism are also very developed. Sports, recreation, restaurants and entertainment
content is very rich. In a large number of hotels are well equipped fitness centers, indoor or outdoor pool,
sauna and massage rooms.For lovers of fine food and drinks there is a large number of restaurants
with a rich gastronomy and wine facilities. Larger towns are, Pula, Porec, Rovinj, Fazana, Umag, Novigrad, Labin etc.
Green interior decorated with numerous cultural, historical and natural heritage hills and villages
with beautiful countryside wiew. Recently, more and more developed agro tourism.
With truly specific culinary and wine offer special food and native wine, accommodation in an authentic rural
ambience, offering a varied of recreational facilities that are found only in rural areas.
Agro tourism means spending time outdoors and with nature, an encounter with natural beauty,
cultural heritage and values of life in a rural environment. There is possibility off hunting tourism,
which includes the organization of hunting. Steep slopes, canyons, dangerous mountain trails and
many rocks are ideal for fans of extreme sports, paragliding, climbing, mountain biking, hang gliding, caving.
Larger towns are Pazin, Buje, Buzet, Motovun, Visnjan etc, also there is smallest town in the world Hum.
Cuisine hidden wealth of tradition of taste. Typical meals for the interior of the peninsula are based on meat and pasta,
while meals of coastal area brings you freshness of sea by offering fish and seafood dishe.
The restaurants serves local dishes such as truffles with steak, smoked ham, goat cheese,
wild boar with pasta, gazpacho of raw fish and seafood caught daily, and fantastic local wines like the Terrano, Malvasia, etc.
Be sure to try the traditional soup, which is prepared from red wine in the earthen jar with
a little pepper, sugar, olive oil and a slice of toasted bread.
Truffle that grows in the fertile soil is a rare and expensive mushrooms, a real culinary treat,
and attributed it an aphrodisiac. Istrian white truffle is one of the most respected in the world.
The most famous cultural and historical monuments are the Pula Arena, city walls with Herculean gates,
National Park Brijuni with its ancient ruins.
How to Get
Because of its position region is easily accessible from all European routes. Pula Airport is the main,
but Rijeka Airport is also close. Road connections are great to all directions and can be reached by sea.
Map of Istria
Here's a Google Map of Istria: use the controls in the top left-hand corner to zoome in and out, and scroll around.
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