Luxury in Istria: Hill towns and seaside villages, dramatic beaches and rose gardens
Istria is the biggest peninsula in the Adriatic, situated at the most western part of Croatia, and embodies Croatian tourism at its most developed. It has a lovely atmosphere of hill towns and seaside villages, dramatic beaches and rose gardens, and absolutely delightful wine, olive oil, and truffles. Its towns of Umag and Porec recurrently top annual polls of the best holiday resorts in Croatia. The coastal part is oriented toward tourism with great lodging capacity, amongst other, renting a private luxury villa. Istria's inland part is more mystic, greener and with a distinctive character. Small medieval towns on the hilltops overlook vineyards, olive groves and fields. Beautiful nature awaits you even under the surface. In Cave Baredine hides a mysterious world of stalactites and rare animal species. Istria is one of the best tourist destinations in Croatia for families with children. There are many fun activities on the beaches and tourist resorts keeping the children busy while you can properly relax. There are also many options for the active tourist like diving, horse riding, swimming, biking, trekking, hiking and tennis.
By choosing Istria for your vacation, you automatically opt for a superb culinary experience. Istria is the domain of the rare and valuable truffles, grapevine growing on the sunny hills producing top quality white and red wine, and olive oils whose quality is testified by a growing number of Istrian producers listed in the famous olive oil guide L´Extravergine. The port of Pula, at the southern tip of the peninsula, is Istria's largest city and a gratifying place to spend a couple of days, with its amphitheatre and other Roman relics. Many of Istria's most interesting spots are only a short bus ride away. On the western side of the Istrian peninsula are attractive resort towns like Rovinj and Novigrad, with their cobblestoned squares, boarded up houses and hidden back alleys. Midway between the two, Pore? offers bundles of Mediterranean charm if you visit out of season. Inland Istria couldn't be more different with its historic hilltop towns like Motovun, Grožnjan, Oprtalj and Hum that look like remnants from another century, half-abandoned masses of ancient stone set high above rich green pastures and forests.