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Istria is the biggest peninsula in the country, located at the most western area of Croatia. The seaside part is oriented to travel and leisure with fantastic accommodation offer. The hinterland part (green Istria) is more mystic, greener and exceptional. Tiny ancient villages on the hills are overpassing vineyards, olive plantations and fields enriching heart and soul. The scenery is versatile, from the hilltops of Učka to Kamenjak cape, from brackish water of the Lim gulf and the valley of Mirna River to Motovun forest and Istrian mountains. In previous years, the region's closeness to Western Europe has guaranteed a yearly arrival of sun-seeking package travelers, with Germans, Italians, Austrians and what looks like the whole population of Slovenia flocking to the mega-hotel developments that dot the shoreline. Istria is one of the ideal traveler spots in Croatia for families with youngsters. Istria is spread over 2,820 square kilometers, with fantastic variety, from its inner parts with its beautiful villages which seem to have pushed up on the tops of the mountains, fertile grounds, stony hills, to the coastline pounded by the crystal sea. The environment is a pleasant Mediterranean one with moderate winter months and hot summers. Selection is truly comprehensive and you can not make a mistake regardless of what you choose. Lots of entertainment activities on the beaches, swimming pools, hotels, tourist retreats and apartments will be remarkable for children while you will be able to unwind appropriately. There are also numerous other choices for active holidays for you. The most convenient options are diving, horse riding, cycling, walking, climbing, snorkeling and tennis. There are about 500 tennis courts and Umag hosts the annual ATP tour, the Croatia Open. For those enjoying.adventure, Istria is known as a terrific place for paragliding and speleology. Luxury villas with pool and holiday apartments in Istria are always in great demand as this is the most popular destination in this part of Europe.

Food and Drink in Istria

By selecting Istria for your holiday, you picked immediately a splendid gastronomic experience. Istria is the country of the rare and valued truffles, grapevine growing on the sunny hills of the red and white soil used for creating high-quality white and red wine, and olive oils whose high quality is proven by an expanding variety of Istrian manufacturers mentioned in the well-known olive oil guide L ´ Extravergine. Regardless if you're trying to find a haute-cuisine restaurant or a casual village inn, cooking standards are superior and ingredients extraordinary. Regional delicacies include oysters from the Lim Channel, cured ham and truffles from the hills inland. Istrian meats are often cooked on the "kamin" or open fire. "Fuži" and gnocchi are very much local staples and are often freshly made by hand in the more traditional country inns. Istrian olive oil, as elsewhere in Croatia, is greatly manufactured by individual peasants or regional cooperatives, guaranteeing a high level of quality and recognizably individual flavors. Best recognized of Istria's wines is the crisp white Malvazija that is manufactured throughout the peninsula and somewhat acid but very drinkable Teran is a colorful indigenous red wine. Whether you chose delicacies of the sea or a tasty truffle, the golden drops of the autochthonous Malmsey, the great smelling Momjan Muscat or ruby-coloured Teran that Casanova used to refresh himself with, these exceptional pleasures will remain in your memory for life.

Istrian beaches

Istrian beaches are typically stony areas that have been concreted over to provide sunbathers with a level surface on which to spread. Usually, they do not have the charm of the out-of-the-way bays that you'll find on the Dalmatian islands, yet the hotel resorts and rambling campgrounds have done little to interfere with the essential beauty of the Istrian coast, with its sleek towns of alley-hugging residences assembled around spear-belfry churches. The best beaches are mostly located along the west coast of Istria. As in the rest of Croatia, they are mostly pebble and stone. One of the most child-friendly sandy strand, Bijeca, is on the short southern coast at Medulin, 10km south of Pula. Nearby, the wild and undeveloped Kamenjac peninsula have 30km of captivating shoreline, with secluded bays. The incredibly well testing results obtained during the routine controls led to a lot of Blue flags throughout the coastline of Istria. Beachfront apartments are the most popular type of accommodation in Istria.

What to visit

The region's recent history is complexed and fractured, even by Balkan standards. You will meet long-term residents in middle age who were born when this region belonged to Yugoslavia; their moms and dads were born when it was under Italian authority and their grandparents lived under the Austro-Hungarian union. Going further back, Napoleon and the Venetians also left their influence on Istria. The main historical tourist attraction, however, is the heritage left by the Romans. Pula is the greatest beneficiary, with the wonderfully conserved Triumphal Arch of the Sergii and its well-known arena, which is one of the world's best surviving Roman arenas. The amphitheater in Pula was constructed in the 1st century, from the time of the dictator Vespasian, and by its size is the 6th in th World. During that time, the amphitheater was used as a theater for gladiator matches, whereas these days it is used as the scene for different cultural activities, mainly concerts. As you travel heartland, the scruffy flora and olive groves progressively pave the way to wooded mountains and fertile valleys with infrequent hilltop settlements, each with its own personality. One of the most appealing and most explored is Motovun, at the center of truffle area, which has probably the greatest sights of the Istrian heartland from its ramparts, though similarly worth observing are the art-filled village of Groznjan and the wine village of Visnjan. The sizeable offer of agrotourism in the hinterland of Istria is for all those who wish to have a peaceful vacancy, encircled with green of nature. There you can reside in the common Istrian taverns, called "Konoba". In the area, there is also the possibility for hunting. The hosts will welcome you with Istrian ham and cheese, in addition to excellent red wine, known as "Terran", or an exquisite white wine, called Malvazija. You may also come with peasants during the grape harvesting, or olive harvest, as well as during the pasture of animals.

As the only national park in Istria, Brijuni with its 14 islands covering an area of 736 square hectares offers a one-of-a-kind play of nature that combines exceptional animal species and unique and rich flora all at one spot. It ranks as one of the loveliest island chains in the Mediterranean. The islands are composed of 2 big islands, Veli Brijun, and Mali Brijun plus 12 other much smaller islands. For tourists from throughout the Europe, national park Brijuni has turned into of their favored vacation locations with its incredible charm, and moderate climate since the start of the 20th century. The shoreline is mainly low and stony, even though really easily accessible, with a couple of sandy and pebble inlets. The islands can be accessed by boat departing every day from the close-by fishing small town of Fazana. Sightseeing excursions of the archipelago by watercrafts start as well from the town of Pula with longer or shorter stops in the Brijuni Islands waters.

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Istria might be famous for its coastline-- also named Blue Istria-- but the real thrill is in the interior or Green Istria. The hill villages, the rolling fields - at any moment, I felt like I could have been in Italy. Buzet is the truffle municipality of Istria, and its close-by woodlands boast 3 sorts of black truffle as well as the much sought after white truffle. The stunning oak woods of Motovun, nevertheless, hold the title of the biggest ever white truffle uncovered, weighing in at a gargantuan 1.31 kgs. The unique environment and the freedom that you feel while staying in the central Istria are one additional reason to choose private apartments, holiday homes or luxury villas suitable just for relaxing. If you're not staying at a resort but searching for beaches, we advise Kamenjak, near the bottom tip of Istria, south of the town of Premantura. It's a gorgeous and protected area, loaded with numerous rocky and pebbly beaches. And as well-known as it is, even by the end of May, you could possibly discover a beach of your own if you're crafty.

The most trendy town in Istria is Rovinj. Rovinj is certainly one of those spots that appear to be populated solely by travelers, and although I generally hate places of that nature, Rovinj is so exceptionally captivating that I can't help but be hypnotized by it. Even though Rovinj is unsurprisingly preferred with travelers, it's achievable to lose yourself in the peaceful streets of the atmospheric old town which never seem too crowded. An extra reason for coming to Istria certainly is the outstanding holiday accommodation offer of apartments and hotels which You can find on our website. Istria has a wide range of hotels and resorts, apartments, villas, private accommodation units, and lighthouses.

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