Istria

The Evolving Inland

Enveloped by the transparent waters of the Adriatic, the peninsula of Istria will amaze you with spectacular natural scenery in

constant transformation over the course of the year.

 

Coastal villages such as Rovinj, with its simple ports, fishing boats and narrow streets, reflect the spirit of the Mediterranean,

while moving inland gives way to the kind of green and fertile hues associated with the landscapes of Provence and Tuscany.

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Where to go

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Brijuni

Brijuni, a group of islands comprising of two large and twelve smaller isles, are strung along Istria’s south western coast not far from Pula.

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Cape Kamenjak

In the very south of Istria is found Cape Kamenjak, a location with a specific geology and microclimate and with the largest number of sunny days on the peninsula.

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Early-Christian Euphrasius Basilica Complex in Poreč

As a unique example of early Byzantine art in the Mediterranean dating back to the sixth century, the basilica was commissioned by Bishop Euphrasius and the entire complex (basilica, baptistery, atrium, bell tower, Bishop’s Palace) has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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The Batana Ecomuseum

The Batana Ecomuseum is a unique project for the preservation of local maritime culture of Rovinj, founded on the respect of tradition, consideration of modern social needs and the synergy of man and the environment.

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Buzet

The white and black truffles which grow in the forests in the vicinity of Buzet are a true gastronomic delicacy.

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Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj

The church of St. Euphemia is ranked among the most beautiful representations of the Baroque period in Istria and dominates the small coastal town of Rovinj. St. Euphemia is the town’s patron saint and her remains are housed in a marble sarcophagus in the church.

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Grožnjan and Motovun – Small, Medieval Istrian Towns

Standing proud on the peaks of hills rising from the fertile valley of River Mirna, the small towns of Grožnjan and Motovun are renowned for their architecture and numerous art galleries, in addition to a variety of music and film events.

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Hum – The Smallest Town in the World

Located around 14 kilometres south east of Buzet is the tiny medieval town of Hum, the centre of old Slavic Glagolitic script and home to precious twelfth-century frescoes. The town – a monument of medieval urban architecture – has officially been declared the smallest in the world!

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Kanfanar

If you follow one of the hiking, or biking or car routes in the Kanfanar countryside, you will discover many beauties

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Labin – a Medieval Town in Istria

Situated on the top of a hill, Labin attracts its visitors with historical tales of miners, the character of Matija Vlačić Ilirik and its medieval streets which are transformed into a stage for a variety of artists in the summer months.

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Pula Amphitheatre

Pula amphitheatre is the largest monument dating from the first century AD and was originally designed for gladiatorial combat. Nowadays it is a world-famous concert and festival venue.

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Savudrija

The symbol of Savudrija is certainly the tallest lighthouse in Istria (36 m), the oldest on the Adriatic coast.

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Speleology

Istrian caves are warm, with a lot of decorations and rather demanding, so it is good to have an experienced guide when one starts to explore Istrian caves and pits.