Guide Istria and Croatian

Top 10 tips for your first trip to Istria


Planning your first trip to Istria can be a daunting prospect. With so many things to see and do, it is sometimes difficult to know where to start, especially if you are only in town for a few days. They say that when you are tired of Istria, you are tired of life. Well let me tell you, if you wander aimlessly around the streets of Istria without any prior planning or research, you will be tired – very tired indeed. Our top 10 tips should help you make the most out of your trip.

Poreč is a city of long history. At almost 2000 years old, it is located on the west coast of Istra between Lim Bay in the south and mouth of Mirna river in the north, protected by the island of St. Nikola.


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1. Porec – Euphrasius basilica – The Euphrasius’ Basilica is the Cathedral of the Ascencion of Maria, but is because of Bishop Euphrasius, who built it, better known as the Euphrasius’ Basilica. The interior and façade of the church are made with glorious mosaics and belong to the most beautiful protected parts of the Byzantine art.


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2. The Baredine cave – Nova Vas (Porec) – In the underground world of the Baredine Cave you can find a treasure of unique sculptures, stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands and thousands of years by the amazing play of nature. The Baredine Cave is a protected natural and geomorphologic monument, as well as the first caving site of Istria where, from this year on, you can see a historic exhibition of tractors, an exhibition on bread and oil, and a wine bar.




3. Rovinj: one of the most pitoresque Istrian coastal town.On the magnificent coast of Istria (Croatia), right below the Lim Fjord, is the most romantic place in the Mediterranean! The town of Rovinj is the right destination for all of you seeking a sentimental atmosphere of the times that have forever gone by. In the Mediterranean, you can find it here, in the town that has begun its romantic life on an island, its restricted area resulting in crowded houses, narrow streets and small squares, still untouched by modern urbanism.





4.Pula ,The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. A rare example among the 200 Roman surviving amphitheatres, it is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia.


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5.Livade,Restaurant “Zigante” offers a rich assortment of culinary specialties (truffles) and the best wines.


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6.Novigrad,”Nautica” follows the contemporary culinary trends and provides excellent preparation of foods.




7.Labin,Restaurant Pineta will mesmerize you with Istrian indigenous foods and wine.Wine road Pineta is marked on the map of Istrian wine.


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8.Poreč,You do not need to try any of the 165 tennis courts, you can try various water sports, equipment is available in any tourist village.


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9.Motovun,The Wellness & SPA centre of the family Hotel Kaštel
The ambient of the wellness centre has a modern interior with an addition of stone Istrian shades, while the harmony of the area is enriched with natural light colours, which blend with the scents and authentic decorations of the area.The garden is emphasized in the exterior part of the Wellness & SPA centre which is the ideal place for relaxation. Because of the mild climate, you can stay in the garden most of the year and enjoy the rich nature, the view of the old city walls and the magical landscape of Motovun.




10.Camping Lanterna,Families will love the beautiful natural setting of this easily accessible, seaside accommodation. Croatia is renowned for scenic campsites, but Camping Lanterna is a step above the rest and is Istria’s only member of ‘Leading Campsites of Europe’. Guest can choose from a wide variety of spacious mobile homes and larger than average pitches in oak-shaded parkland. With a full range of activities and organised fun and games, seawater swimming pool and children’s swimming pool this really is a premium resort for all ages.


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