1. The benefits of nature
Great climate, geographic position, beautiful nature and clear blue sea are the things that don't lose their value over time. They attracted people to this region centuries ago, and that is what they still do today.
2. Walking through Istrian history
Explore the many remaining monuments from the past. The ones from the old Roman Empire such as the Amphitheatre and Arch of the Sergi Family in Pula, the Byzantine UNESCO site Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, charming tall buildings in Rovinj as a remain of the old Mediterranean from the times of Venetian Republic or maybe Svetvinčenat and Pazin as fine examples of medieval inner Istrian towns with fortified castles.
3. Climbing up the hills of charming towns
The Histri, prehistoric tribe of Istria, founded their settlements on the highest points of the Peninsula in order to communicate with their surroundings. These places, gradine, preserved the continuity of life until today and all have interesting medieval architecture. Climb up the hills of Motovun, Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Hum (the world’s smallest town!) or the abandoned Dvigrad and enjoy their amazing view.
4. Tasting great local wines
The grapevine culture has always been a part of Istrian life. Follow the Istrian Wine Roads, taste Istrian malvasia, terrano, muscat... The reason Istria stands out amongst the top ten European wine destination will become completely clear after enjoying them yourself.
5. Filling your bags with best olive oils
Every year the prestigious olive oil guide Flos Olei brings 500 best olive growers in the world. In this year’s edition, fifty of them are from Istria. So, while you’re here, explore the Olive Oil Roads. And bring home the best possible souvenir – supreme extra virgin olive oil from the world's best olive oil region.
6. Visiting the national park Brijuni Islands
Brijuni is an archipelago near Pula with an exceptional microclimate position. If you crave for a complete relaxation, this is a place to achieve it. There is no traffic, no noise, only a beautiful nature surrounded by sea, tame animals in the green meadows and a couple of Art Noveau hotels and villas. Today’s appearance of the largest island is the result of an effort executed in 19th century when Brijuni became an exclusive high class resort.
7. Exploring the unspoiled nature of Cape Kamenjak
In the very south of Istria there is a rare sight: a nearly untouched coastal area with many great beaches and wild nature. This attracts thousands of visitors, but don’t worry – cape Kamenjak is large and you will find a perfect spot just for you. By all means visit one of the Kamenjak bars. We recommend Safari Bar which usually leaves a strong impression on its guests.
8. Having fun in one of the theme parks
Istria has many places for entertainment. You can visit water parks Istralandia and Aquacolors, adrenalin parks in Glavani, Poreč, Umag or Pula, theme park Dinopark in Funtana, go horseback riding or visit Baredine, Romualdo and Feštinsko kraljevstvo caves.
9. Discovering Istrian cuisine
Istrian delicacies, such as the truffles, fish and seafood, maneštra, asparagus, Istrian supa (heated wine with olive oil and bread) and prosciutto are all outstanding gastronomic delights. You can discover them in one of the many restaurants and taverns of Blue and Green Istria.
10. Having fun
Whatever you choose to do while in Istria, the most important is to enjoy your stay and do the things you like. Istria is offers a multitude of possibilities, and it’s up to you to decide which one to explore. Various festivals, concerts, fairs, open- air performances, folk festivities are there for you. Or you can just relax under the sun and do absolutely nothing. After all, this is your vacation!