Hidden Gems of Istria

Listed among National Geographic’s Top 10 Summer Destinations worldwide in 2011, Istria offers both a gorgeous coastline as well as a fascinating inner countryside.

The colorful Istrian coast is surrounded by uninhabited islands and is most well known for its crystal clear blue sea, white-pebbled beaches and pine wood vegetation – the essence for a seaside holiday. Sprinkled with pictorial Mediterranean towns such as charming Rovinj or historic Pula, among the costal highlights stand out the spectacular landscape of the Brijuni Islands and the National Park Kamenjak situated at the far south end of the Istrian peninsula.

The inner land holds idyllic hilltop medieval towns as renowned Motovun and striking Groznjan and is surrounded by a green countryside with lush fields, endless vineyards and olive groves making it the ideal location for a quiet and relaxing vacation immersed in nature and only 20km away from the sea.

Gastronomic delicacies such as the famous truffle, award-winning olive oils, fresh seafood and local wines are highlights of the local culinary tradition.

Istria has a lot to offer to sport fans as well: sailing, diving, surfing as well as hiking, running, biking, tennis or golf are some of the activities that will allow you to fully enjoy this unique nature.