Istria

Istria

Istria County sits at the point where the Mediterranean Sea cuts most deeply into the European mainland, and it is separated from the rest of Croatia by the mountain giant Učka. It is one of the most developed and visited counties in Croatia. 

Thanks to the fact that the Istrian peninsula is an extremely attractive location, many nations have conquered it. It is these traces of the past that give it its rich cultural heritage, an amphitheatre in Pula, the Euphrasian basilica in Poreč, the ancient antique city of Nezactium, beautiful, richly decorated churches, the smallest town in the world, Hum, the old medieval stone towns in the hills... Then there is the natural magic of the westernmost point in Savudrija where you are welcomed by the tallest lighthouse in Istria (36 m high), Brijuni National Park, Cape Kamenjak on the coast, and the beautiful green towns and villages in the inland. All this combined gives it its romantic look and invites you to conquer it. The blending of many traditions and cultures over the centuries has lead to the creation of a unique culture, gastronomy, customs and music, which creates the magic of the region. In the taverns and restaurants, as well as the many events dedicated to ingredients, you can taste traditional Istrian cuisine from the fruits of the earth and the sea prepared with homemade olive oil (asparagus, truffles, venison, fish, shellfish, pasta, prosciutto...), and you can sweeten your palate with fine Istrian wine - Malvasia, Teran or a glass of Biska, the famous Istrian brandy.
Located on a hill that has wonderful views of the Mirna River, it is only 8 km away from Novigrad, which is the nearest coastal town. Like other places in Istria it has an interesting and rich history that is preserved in its historical and cultural sights. 
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A town of rich historical heritage in which each stone has its own story has been an attractive and popular tourist destination for a many years. This medieval Istrian town is situated on a hill with a view of the river Mirna valley.
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The former fishing village of Novigrad is one of the top tourist destinations in Istria.
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Poreč is a town located in the heart of the western coast of Istria. A town of culture, tourism, sport and leisure, where the aromas and colours of past times form a mosaic of unforgettable experiences. Traces of the past are preserved in the old part.
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Pula, a city that has existed for three thousand years, is situated in the south of the Istrian peninsula. The town has beautiful beaches spread over nearly one hundred miles of beautiful and indented coastline.
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Rabac is a well known tourist destination on the south-eastern coast of Istria. Due to the series of beautiful pebbly beaches and crystal clear sea it has justly been given the name of the pearl of Istria.
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Rovinj is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast because of its unique appearance and its wonderful natural surroundings. 
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Umag - a city of tourism and sports which is most close to the world through its tennis. It has been the host to the ATP tournament for years, and many of the greats of this white sport.
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Vodnjan – a famous tourist destination in the southwest of Istria. On every corner, the city exudes history, every path hides a building, a church, a palace built in the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
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Vrsar enchants its visitors with the romantic, authentic Istrian atmosphere of an old fishing village. It rises up in a series of terraces around a hill beside the sea, above a picturesque harbour that is naturally protected by a series of small islands.
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