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Istria

Istria is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Croatia and the Mediterranean. It is known as the "New Tuscany" and "green-blue" region since the beautiful coast and crystal clear blue sea of the Adriatic combines with the abundant greenery of pure nature of Istria's hinterland. Istria's diversity attracts its visitors throughout the year. In summer you can relax in the shade of centuries old pines and enjoy refreshing cocktails on beautiful Istrian beaches, whereas spring and autumn are perfect for visiting one of the many popular wellness centres. It is up to you! Find accommodation in Istria which best suits your wishes and visit us this year.

Top destinations in Istria

Explore most visited destinations and hidden fairy-tale places in Istria that you have not seen so far, with the help of our gallery and a map with marked destinations. Simply choose a destination and find out more.

Gastronomic specialities in family-owned farms for agrotourists and indigenous wines in wine cellars attract numerous gourmands, while amateur and professional sportsmen are thrilled with plenty of cycling trails Istria's intertwined with. Explore our offer and plan an Istrian holiday tailored to your requirements.

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Panoramic view of Grožnjan

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Visit Grožnjan

Grožnjan stands out with its well preserved medieval architecture that maintains the spirit of the original Istria. Thanks to many galleries and ateliers, Grožnjan is known as the “town of artists”.

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    Interesting interior of Pazin Abyss

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    Pazin Chasm

    Pazin Chasm is located at the bottom of the abyss below the famous Pazin Castle. Pazinčica River runs though the Chasm, creating some of the most beautiful scenes of karst landscape in Istria.

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      Panoramic view of Završje

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      Visit Završje

      The picturesque village of Završje stands out with its original medieval architecture that represents medieval Istria in the best possible way and takes you back to historical times for a day.

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      View from the sea of Rovinj at night

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      Old town of Rovinj

      The historic core of Rovinj contains a series of cultural monuments and sights that bear witness to itsrich history. We must mention St Euphemia’s Church the tower of which is the symbol of Rovinj.

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      View of Motovun from the south side

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      Visit Motovun

      The distinctive appearance of Motovun, a picturesque medieval town at the top of a hill in Green Istria, is a frequent motif of the Istrian inland on various postcards and brochures.

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      Pula Arena

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      Amphitheatre Arena Pula

      The Pula Arena is the best known symbol of Istria’s largest town and one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Start a tour of the Arena and Pula’s other ancient monuments.

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      Ribarska koliba

       Ribarska koliba restaurant is located near the Verudela Marina in Pula. With a tradition spanning over 100 years, you are guaranteed to enjoy top quality fish specialties with a glass of good Istrian wine.

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        Wine Cattunar

         Cattunar Winery offers the best wines from four Brtonigla soils and guests can participate in the harvest and wine preparation. Enjoy a glass of quality wine and the beauty of Mirna River Valley.

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          Benvenuti wines

           The family-run Benvenuti Winery is located near Motovun and offers top quality wines from the fertile Istrian white soil, in the picturesque surrounding of the untouched nature of the Green Istria.

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            Kabola wine

            The story about the Kabola vineyards and olive groves started in the late 19th century, and a bottle of Muškat momjanski from 1891 bears witness to this. Enjoy excellent Kabola wines and olive oils.

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            Matošević wines

            The Matošević wine cellar is located in Krunčići near the Lim Canal. Guests can enjoy tasting autochthonous wines (Alba, Aura, Mora, Grimalda) and buy them at competitive prices.

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              San Mauro

               Apart from top quality specialties prepared with organically grown produce on the estate, Agritourism San Mauro also stands out with its beautiful view from the hill.

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              Belveder restaurant

              Restaurant Belveder is located in Karigador and is known for its characteristic Mediterranean atmosphere that is emphasized while you are enjoying your meal at the very seacoast and looking at the sunset.

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              Damir and Ornella

              Damir i Ornella restaurant is located in the historical core of Novigrad. It is known for a personal approach to guests and its excellent fish specialties. Its motto is “from the sea to the table”.

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                Kmet olive oils

                The ecological production of olive oil is the main characteristic of oil plant Kmet, the family producer of extra virgin oil that combines traditional methods with modern olive technology.

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                  Agrotourism Tončić

                  Agrotourism Tončić is located in inland Istria, near Oprtalj. It offers traditional meals (dumplings with rooster, lamb, truffles, asparagus, maneštra) with local wines, either by a fireplace or outdoors.

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                  Buršić olive oils

                  The Buršić olive plant from Brtonigla is proud of its family tradition of producing top quality olive oil and philosophy which attempts to present all of the richness of the Istrian region through olives.

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                    Oleander restaurant

                    Oleander restaurant is located within the Eden Hotel in Rovinj, in Zlatni rt Forest Park. It is known for traditional Istrian prosciutto with olives and artichokes, and the best grill and pizzas in town.

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                      Belvedere Beer Hall

                       The pleasant interior of the Belvedere beer hall offers a spectacular view of the town of Vrsar and the islands. Your friendly hosts will offer you grilled meat and fish dishes with a glass of beer or wine.

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                      Stari podrum tavern

                      The Stari Podrum tavern is located near Momjan, in the idyllic surroundings of the untouched nature of Green Istria. It is known for its range of traditional specialties and only serves Istrian wines.

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                      Nono tavern

                       Nono tavern is located in the small village of Petrovija. Warmly welcoming, here you can enjoy original Istrian dishes and wines, with a tour of the estate and spend time with domestic animals.

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                      Mate olive oils

                      Not far from Savudrija, in the immediate vicinity of the seacoast, are the Agrofin olive groves where olives are grown for the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil Mate.

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                      Marina restaurant

                      Marina fish restaurant in Novigrad is recommended for every guest who wants to enjoy the finest fresh fish specialties and other culinary delicacies of the Adriatic Sea and Istria.

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                        Restaurant Due Fratelli

                        The owners of the restaurant Due Fratelli are proud of the two centuries of tradition in top-notch hospitality and their menu full of Istrian specialities prepared from fresh fish and local ingredients.

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                          Mondo tavern

                          One of the best in Istria, Mondo tavern is located in the centre of Motovun. It offers guests a rich selection of dishes from old Istrian cookbooks, and the wine list contains top quality Istrian wines.

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                          Maruzza restaurant

                          Close to the popular tourist destinations Savudrija and Umag, located within the famous Villa Rosetta is restaurant Maruzza, one of the favourite gathering places of the more demanding gourmands.

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                          Morgan tavern

                          Traditional Istrian dishes prepared according to grandma’s recipes using fresh seasonal produce are the main characteristic of the rich menu at the family-owned Morgan tavern in Brtonigla.

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                          Chiavalon

                          The renowned olive oil brand Chiavalon is available with a special discount only for visitors of the Istria Experience portal. Take advantage of this offer and enjoy top quality olive oils.

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                            Umag Tennis Academy

                            The Tennis Academy in Umag, the town known for the largest and most famous Croatian tennis ATP tournament, offers many specially designed packages for tourists interested in an active holiday.

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                            MTB ride through an Istrian town

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                            Three Istrian Musketeers

                            The picturesque medieval towns on hills in the Istrian inland – Oprtalj, Završje and Grožnjan – will win you over at first sight. Start a journey through Istrian history on your bicycle.

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                              From Spring to Spring

                              The Mirna River hides many sources, tributaries and streams and the valley it flows through is considered one of the most popular biking areas in Istria for a reason. Enjoy the untouched nature!

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                                Cycling by the coast

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                                Park and Ride Umag

                                The only Istrian public service for cycling, Park and Ride Umag, is a refreshment of the tourist offer. Start an entertaining sightseeing of Umag and the surroundings by an electric or mechanical bicycle.

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                                Istrian climate

                                The best period to visit Istria is from April to October. Peak temperatures in high season summer months (July, August) can reach over 38⁰C (100⁰F), and the water at that point reaches a comfortable temperature of 26⁰C (79⁰F).

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