Istria is Croatia’s largest peninsula, and is situated between the Gulfs of Trieste and Kvarner, in the Adriatic Sea. Croatia shares the beautiful heart-shaped peninsula with neighbouring Italy and Slovenia. Running alongside the shimmering turquoise waters is an indented coastline that is studded with picturesque rolling hills, quaint hill top villages and rocky beaches. During the peak summer season, Istria’s stunning coast quickly becomes populated with tourists seeking an idyllic holiday spot.
When exploring the top attractions in Istria, make sure that you visit the historic city of Pula. In the heart of the city sits the well-preserved remains of a vast Roman amphitheatre. The ancient Polensium is transformed into a summer venue for festivals and concerts. To the south of the city, there are pine groves, seaside cafes and pebble beaches. From Pula, you can easily venture to the Brijuni Islands to explore the stunning natural attraction of the National Park. Alternatively, you can escape to the ancient Roman town of Porec, on Istria’s west coast, or wander through the self-proclaimed ‘world’s smallest town’ of Hum. In Vodnjan, you can admire the classic Neo-Baroque architecture of St Blaise’s Church, and its impressive 63m high bell tower, which is modelled on Venice’s St Mark’s Church.
The cuisine style of Istria is every bit as interesting and exciting as its colourful and diverse landscape, and intriguing towns and villages. In many of the local restaurants you can sample gastronomic delights that are made from the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. As black and white truffles can be found deep in the forests of Motovun, you can expect to find the delicacy on the menu in upscale restaurants. To feast your eyes on the best ocean views whilst dining on great food in Istria, reserve a table in a stylish restaurant in Rovinj or Opatija.
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