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A Holiday in Istria

Istria, terra magica, is a peninsula that juts out into in the northern Adriatic Sea. An amazing coastline and crystal clear sea, hilltops in the hinterland atop which sit fairytale towns, divine gastronomy and fields filled with olive trees and grapevines are images that you will see in Istria every day.

Istria is also the closest destination on the Mediterranean to central Europe, which explains why tourists are spending their holiday in this former playground of conquerors, royalty and great figures of Western civilization.

Top three places to visit
The Brijuni Islands

The Brijuni Islands

For centuries the Brijuni Islands near Pula have attracted the rich and famous. The late president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz spent the summer in his luxurious villa here. Today you can tour the islands, visit the Safari Park and other sites or take in a theatrical production by the Ulysses Theatre, which organises very special plays every summer.



The fairytale town of Motovun rises out of the fog on a hilltop looking over the Mirna River Valley. This town has a very special artistic soul that is at the heart of the annual Motovun Film Festival that showcases the best in independent film. Interestingly, forests of Motovun are one of the few places in the world where rare white truffles grow.

Ucka Nature Park

Ucka Nature Park

The Učka Nature Park in the north of Istria is an ideal place to visit during the summer and winter. Whether you want to play in the snow or explore the flora and fauna at 1300 metres above sea level, Učka is the place to do it. The area has numerous well-known restaurants and offers guided tours or solo trekking on educational trails.

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Istrian cuisine

Istrian cuisine hides the richness of the tradition of taste which is a reflection of historical, geographical and climate characteristics of the peninsula. Green Istria meals, typical for the interior of the peninsula, are based on meat and pasta, and the meals of Blue Istria offer the freshness of sea through meals made of fish and seafood.

The interior of Istria hides many taverns and wine cellars in which one can experience a real authentic event while tasting traditional meals and a glass of high quality Istrian wine. Authentic Istrian wines are white wine – malvazija, and red wine teran and refošk, and the best known dessert wine is the Istrian muškat.

An important determinant of Istria since the era of Greeks and Romans is the olive. Istrian olive oils, according to world standards, are among the best in the world, and it is possible to taste them in oil mills and taverns of the best Istrian olive growers.
(Source: www.istra.hr)


Istria has a mild Mediterranean climate, with warm and dry summers and mild and pleasant winters. The sunshine amounts to 2.388 sunny hours on the average yearly, whereas the insolation is around 10 hours daily during the summer time. Istria has some characteristic winds: a bura, a north-eastern cold wind, a scirocco, a hot wind blowing from the south bringing the rain, and mistral, a landward breeze blowing from the mainland to the sea bringing fresh air. The average air temperature in the coldest period of the year amounts to 6°C, whereas in the warmest 30°C.
(Source: www.istra.hr)


Basic information

  • Population: 206.400
  • Area: 2.820 km²
  • Density: 73 ppl/km²
  • Economic center and largest city: Pula
  • Coastline: 445 km (a well-indented coast, twice as long as the road)
  • Water temperature: lowest: from 9.3 to 11.1°C in March, highest: from 23.3 to 24.1°C in August
  • Salinity: an average of 36 to 38 pro mille
  • Rivers: Mirna, Dragonja i Raša
  • Vegetation: Istria`s forests cover 35% of the area (pine forests and scrubs)
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate (5 to 9°C in January, 22 to 25°C in August)


It is a traditional stone field shed built using a drywall technique, which served agrarians for keeping tools and for shelter from heat and bad weather. A miniature today, it represents one of original Istrian souvenirs.



A golden goat with red horns and hoofs is shown on the Istrian emblem. With its quality milk, the goat has fed numerous generations, and so Istrians gave it an honorary place on the emblem.