The Heart of Istria

About Istria

Situated between Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, Istria took the best of it.

Often called “The Little Tuscany” Istria has become one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Europe.

Accessible by car, with its rich history, nature and gastronomy, but also developed touristic infrastructure, Istria is considered one of the most booming European touristic market.

Besides Adriatic coast, it also offers wide variety of touristic services in its inland part which enables great holiday all-year round.

Awards for Istria

  • Wine Enthusiast: Top 10 world’s wine destination 2015
  • Flos Olei: The Best Olive Oil Region in the World 2016-2018
  • National Geographic: Top 10 Valentine’s Day Retreats
  • The New York Times: 52 must see destinations
  • European Best Destinations: Top 10 wine destinations in Europe for 2016
  • Huffington Post: The 6 Best-Kept Secrets in European Travel
  • USA Today: Best wine regions for winter and spring travel 2014
  • CNN: Top summer food destination 2013
  • Reader’s Digest: 10 amazing Must-Visit Foodie destinations

Istria Seaside

Since Roman Empire glory days Istria has been recognized as a perfect place for living. Cities like Pula, Rovinj, Porec and Umag offer not just beautiful sea, famous gastronomy but also many historical monuments. Arena in Pula is one of the best preserved ancient Roman arenas in Europe and summer time concerts of international music stars in Arena is the event you must not miss. Brioni islands, preserved national park offer famous safari tour, but also a unique 18-holes golf course with outstanding nature and unique sandy greens, where different friendly animals share joy of golf game with you.

Over last decade, Istria touristic offer has been increasingly oriented on guests looking for 4 and 5-star accommodation and services. Both refurbishment of existing facilities (Park Plaza in Pula) and new developments (2 luxury, 5-star hotels in Rovinj and Kempinski near Umag) show the trend in Istria tourism. Newly built highway and refreshed regional roads enable easy transport throughout the peninsula.

Istria Inlands

Top-of-the-hill villages and its great nature with astonishing views across the peninsula and its built-of-stone villages gives unforgettable experience to the visitors of Istria. Either you ride your bike or drive around on excellent roads, many historic and natural sites will take your breath.

Limski kanal, one of the few fiords in Mediterranean offers delicious oysters, but you can also search yourself for truffles with trained dogs over Istrian forests, or take part in wine and olive harvest.

Demand for holiday villas is worldwide increasing at double-digit numbers each year. The same is applicable in Istria. The average annual occupancy in Istrian holiday villas is between 14 and 18 weeks, but in those closer to cities goes above 20 weeks per year.

Town of Motovun

Motovun (ital. Montona) is a medieval town that grew up on the site of an ancient city called Kastelijer. It is situated on a hill 270 meters (886 feet) above sea level with houses scattered all over the hill. On the inner walls are several coats-of-arms of different Motovun ruling families and two gravestones of Roman inhabitants (dating from the 1st century).

In the 10th and 11th centuries it belonged to the Bishop of Porec. From 1278 it was taken over by Venice and surrounded by solid walls which are still intact today, and used as a walkway with unique views over the four corners of Istria. All three parts of the town are connected by a system of internal and external fortifications with towers and city gates containing elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles, built between the 14th and 17th centuries. It is a typical example of Venetian colonial architecture.

Motovun is situated in the heart of Istria peninsula, in the region rich with truffles, vineyards and olive trees, which determines its gastronomy offer. All-round the year, Motovun organizes different touristic fiestas, such as traditional and famous film festival, winery feast, truffle days, etc.

Many good restaurants, bars and wine cellars can be found in the city and its vicinity.