Known as the ‘Magical Land’ since Roman times, Istria is Croatia’s largest peninsula. It forms a triangle of enchanting landscapes, beguiling culture and unforgettable cuisine surrounded by clear blue seas jewelled with lush islands and framed with beautiful caves and coves.
A succession of picture-postcard towns extend along the Istrian coast, whitewashed walls and red rooftops contrasting sharply with the blue of the Adriatic and the rich greens of cypress, pines and olives. Inland too, the hilltop towns of Groznjan and Motovun offer the same scenic treats and gastronomic delights as Italy’s Umbria, but without the crowds. The tranquil charm of Istria is evident any time of the year, but in summer the region explodes with artistic and cultural festivals such as Jazz in the Poreč Lapidarium and the world famous Pula festival. But even without these extraordinary events, the list of attractions and activities is endless.
Cruise between the 14 islands of the Brijuni National Park or along the Lim channel, the only fjord in the Adriatic; see where the gladiator’s fought in the Arena of Pula; step back in time with a tour of the castles and medieval towns that pepper the floral landscape; cycle the many country trails; or simply chill out on a pine-lined pebble beach and let the magic of Istria work its relaxing wonders.