Retire in Istria?

A few years back Forbes magazine wrote an article about 14 best places to retire throughout the globe. And they put Istria in this list.
Retire in Istria?
Retire in Istria?
Retire in Istria?
A few years back Forbes magazine wrote an article about 14 best places to retire throughout the globe. And they put Istria in this list. According to this article, Istrian Peninsula in Croatia is one of three places in Europe (other two are Barcelona in Spain and Abruzzo in Italy) suitable for a full or part- time retirement. They also point out that one shouldn’t expect these places to be perfect. 
And my opinion is that everyone’s vision of perfection is different – perfection depends on your own values in life. 
My area of expertise doesn’t reach all of the legal requirements, but I’d like to describe some of theadvantages of living in Istria from my point of view. Firstly, just like in any other country, there are large regional differences in Croatia. The main difference is between the Continental and Coastal Croatia. Every region within this main division of Croatia has its own benefits and they all depend on what you prefer. My life path led me to Istria when I was a young girl and today, I must honestly say, I find it the most beautiful place on Earth. Climate, people, mentality, population density, safety, education, infrastructure, nature, everything is friendly and well- adapted to a modern- day human. 
Istria is the largest peninsula in Croatia and northernmost point of Croatian part of the Adriatic. So here is the closest warm sea to Central Europe. With this favorable geographic position, halfway to the Equator and the North Pole, Istria has a combination of a mild continental and Mediterranean climate. The summers are warm and sunny and the winters are mild. If there weren’t for TV or Internet, some Istrian children wouldn’t even know what snow was – that’s how rare it is. There is also another natural benefit of the place: you have both the continent and the sea on a small area, one hour drive away from each other.
Springs here are calm and beautiful. You can enjoy the waking of nature, walking through many trekking paths or riding your bike, or maybe go searching for asparagus. Summer months are pretty crowded here, but they have their own benefits (especially enjoying the sea) and you feel like you’re in a well- developed European destination with all of the interesting events and people from around the world. After you get tired of all of the things going on, the fall will soon come and the high season is going to end. Then you’ll be able to stroll around Istrian forests in search of mushrooms, including the truffles. September is the time for picking grapes, October for picking olives (did you know that Istria is the best olive-oil region in the world?) and if your hobbies are aimed at farming, you can have delicious organic vegetables, homemade wine and olive oil. When it gets really cold (in Istrian terms, this means around 5 degrees Celsius), it’s time to curl up under a blanket on a couch in front the fireplace of your newly bought (or built) Istrian house. And even if you change your mind about living here, you can always use your Istrian property as an investment and rent it. There is a high demand for them, just ask the nice people from Lovely Istria!
 
by: Vesna Ivetić

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