Guide to Istria, Croatia
Istria used to be one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets. Today it’s a well-developed tourist area, with lots of different accommodation.
Istria is a large peninsula in the northern Adriatic with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Rolling hills, mountains and valleys, beaches, and coastline.
The coast and beaches are one of the most obvious attractions. Istria has many different kinds of beaches, ranging from large bays to hidden coves. On most beaches, it’s advisable to wear shoes, as there are no sandy beaches. The mild climate and pristine air make Istria a perfect destination all year long. The summer can be quite warm and sunny, så don’t forget to wear sunscreen. Throughout Istria, you can find outdoor activities like horseback riding, bike trails, and cross-country tracks. Activities like free climbing, mountain biking, parachuting, hang-gliding, mountain running, caving, paragliding, or canyoning are easily found.
Istria has several small cities, which include Pula, Porec, and Rovinj. In the cities of Istria, you will often find local markets, festivals, wonderful dining, wine cellars, cultural events, and much more.
Croatia beyond the Istria
If you bring your own or rent a car, destinations like Croatia’s capital Zagreb and the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park are within reach for a day trip. But most likely you’ll want to stay overnight, to make the most of it.