HOLIDAYS IN ISTRIA

COUNTRYSIDE, COAST AND CITY ADVENTURE

Camping in Croatia doesn't get any more captivating than a park stay on this picturesque Croatian peninsula.
 
If you like a lot of variety on your family holiday, then Istria's intoxicating blend of clear blue waters, seafront promenades, rolling hills and harbour city Pula are difficult to leave.
 
Secluded coves and relaxation spots are plentiful, while the heart-shaped region proudly wear its historical roots on its sleeve in making for some memorable excursions.
 
Hilltop villages and charming farmhouse restaurants remind you of Istria's undoubted Italian influence, with a trip here feeling like you are getting the best of many worlds. 
 

REASONS TO VISIT

Countryside and coastal scenery 
Cultural heritage
Olive oil tastings

REGION HIGHLIGHTS

Hidden Gem: Hum

Hum is officially the smallest town in the world. It is situated to the South east of Buzet, home to 12th century frescoes and the centre of old Slavic and Glagolithic script.

Old Favourite: Ampitheatre, Pula

The most famous and important monument in the area. Once the home of epic Gladiator fights it’s now the setting for summer performances - the Film Festival, Opera Season, Equestrian Festival and concerts.

Local Cuisine: Fishing boat picnic

The perfect way to enjoy your lunch. Set sail on a real fishing boat with a panoramic view of the coast. Enjoy the magical sea and a swim followed by a freshly prepared fish picnic.

See & Do: Porec

Porec is a perfectly symmetrical peninsula complete with 'ready-made' natural harbour, protected by St Nicholas island. It's a tiny city yet steeped in history, whose neatly planned latticework of shiny, cobbled streets could certainly tell a story or two from the last 2,000 years.

Festivals & Events: Malvasia Wine Festival

Usually held in June on Porec’s waterfront, this is a real celebration of Istria’s fine wines. 3 days of over 40 wine makers at the ready to attend your taste buds. Sit back and enjoy live music while sipping on Istria’s finest.

Beaches & Lakes: Local Coast

Istria's handsome coastline, projecting like a jewel-encrusted finger into the glistening, turquoise Adriatic Sea. There are plenty of secluded areas and the water is always warm – perfect for sunbathing and swimming sessions.

YOUR ISTRIA QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Where is Istria?

The largest peninsula in Croatia, Istria is the furthermost western point of the country and parts of it straddle Italy and Slovenia, hence their respective cultural influences found when visiting the region. 

What's the weather like in Istria?

Istria's climate is known as sub-Mediterranean, which means that there may be slightly more rainfall in the drier summer months (not always a bad thing when you need to cool down after a day on the beach!). 

Peak season high temperatures between June and August are often comfortably in the mid to late 20 degrees, while May and September is still pleasingly mild. Venturing inland will naturally see milder temperatures if you need to take a break from the sun. 

What is there to do in Pula?

As the largest city in the region, Pula is well connected to not only the rest of Croatia, but also the world. An international airport, ferry port and good bus connections means it's a fantastic gateway to Istria as a whole. 

Representing much more than just a transport hub however, spending the day in Pula as a family gives you access to preserved Roman buildings - including the stunning Pula arena and amphitheater - as well as national parks and the chance to take home local aperitif as a souvenir.