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Istria - Croatia's Tuscany

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Often referred to as Croatia’s Tuscany, Istria has it’s own unique identity even though it was Italian until World War II. Known for its distinctive cuisine, wines, olive oils and rolling green and fertile landscapes, Istria’s appeal extends to more than just beaches and tourist menus.

Getting about isn’t a problem in Istria, the roads are perfectly driveable and public transport in and around conurbations is reasonable. Further inland most places within Istria  are only an hour away from each other by car, so there’s no excuse not to sample the real beauty of Istria which lies in the numerous hilltop villages dotted inland, each with its own wonderful flavour and characteristics.

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Located in the north west of Croatia, the Istrian peninsula juts out into the Adriatic, bordering Slovenia to the north and Croatia’s Kvarner region to the east.

Istria Must See's and Do's

  • Pula – the largest city in Istria and famed for its Roman artefacts and the wonderfully preserved Roman amphitheatre. The Pula film festival held annually during July in the amphitheatre has been running since 1953
  • Medulin – for its family based beach activities, camping sites and range of watersports
  • Cuisine – truffles, wild asparagus, wines and olive oils. The Romans considered olive oil made in Istria to be the finest in the Roman empire.  The Guiness Book of Records entry for the largest white truffle is for one found in Istria in 2000 – all 1.31 kg of it!
  • Istria’s hilltop villages – for example, Motovun for its Venetian style architecture
  • Rovinj – a romantic destination that will melt even the hardest of hearts. Wonderful scuba diving and a charming old town surrounded by hills covered with pine trees

Getting there

Istria is easily accessible from most parts of Europe. Airlines fly into Pula Airport; ferries sail from Venice; and coaches depart from both Venice and Trieste. The road network in Istria is reasonable. If you intend driving around in Istria then you may want to consult our Croatia Map page which can be used to get GPS coordinates of specific addresses in Istria and in Croatia.

For more information about Istria visit the Istrian Tourist Board web site or view our video about Istria - Croatia.



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