Istria, Croatia

It isn’t just the Croatians who say that the Adriatic coast is one of the most attractive coastlines in the Mediterranean. It is also – and has been for a long time – a conclusion that many others come to, including sailors of yachts and boats, world travellers, famous voyagers, and even Roman emperors, who chose to build their villas and summer homes and sometimes even entire settlements on the coast of Croatia as a place to withdraw to and relax.

Nowhere else in the Mediterranean are there so many islands, such a large number of bays and picturesque beaches and sun-bathed cliffs, such varied cuisine and such unadulterated culture as on the coast of Croatia.

The Istrian peninsula in the north west of Croatia is not only one of the most beautiful parts of the country, it also the region with the most highly developed infrastructure and the most extensive and varied range of leisure opportunities; it also enjoys a highly varied range of cultural offers, an impressive history, and a very large selection of excellent restaurants.

An active life surrounded by nature

Istria is ideal for all fans of sports and active holidays. Thanks to its geographic location and favourable climatic conditions, a wide range of sports activities are on offer the whole year round. There is something to suit every taste, including cycling, trekking, tennis, golf, horse riding, diving, windsurfing, free climbing, water-skiing, hiking, sailing and paragliding – many pleasant ways for spending your time.

But apart from this, it is the richness of the local cuisine that represents one of the country’s major attractions.

When you visit Istria, your friendly host will offer you Istrian raw ham with cheese and olives or delicious shellfish. You will have the chance to sample Istrian truffles, for example in the Zigante restaurant (the world’s biggest truffle was found near this restaurant). Fans of asparagus should not forget to try the delicious dishes based on locally grown, wild green asparagus. Many dishes owe their special taste to olive oil, the secrets of which you can discover along the olive route. A glass of good wine will always go well with the area’s delicious dishes – be sure to try the Istrian Malvasia, the red Teran, and sweet Croatian Muscat dessert wines. It is highly recommended that you take the time to visit one of the unusual vineyards, such as Benvenuti near Motovun. A journey along the wine routes, with their innumerable inns and wine cellars, is a unique experience. Here you will be able to enjoy the aromas and tastes of traditional dishes and excellent wines in wonderful surroundings.

You will find restaurant tips, vineyards, ideas for outings, golf and tennis facilities and other information in the Istria magazine, available from all tourist information offices, or from our office in Porec. We would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about the region, including the little known insider tips.