Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, and it is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia. It is the perfect place to indulge in tasty gourmet food and wine, explore the countryside and little towns, and relax on many gorgeous beaches.
Istria is full of beautiful historical seaside towns as well as picturesque hilltop towns. Best way to get the most of Istria is to get into a car, and drive around. Even the ride itself is an experience as you can see many gorgeous landscapes along the way, and stop wherever you like to explore a bit more. You will find many beautiful popular towns, as well as gorgeous small hill-top villages. Here are some of my favourite stops in Istria.
Towns in Istria
Beautiful Rovinj is coastal Istria’s star attraction, and one of my favourite towns in Istria. Beautiful old town, historic buildings, great restaurants, and a positive atmosphere are a perfect combination for a great stay.
Pula is the largest city in Istria. The most famous sight in this city is the great Roman amphitheater, which is called Arena. Arena was constructed between 27 BC – 68 AD and it is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. The city of Pula offers many good restaurants, great souvenir shops and coffee places where you can relax.
The ancient Roman town of Poreč is a town and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. It is one of the most popular destinations in Istria. Its major landmark is the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Motovun is a small hill-top village in central Istria. Its medieval atmosphere will amaze you. Every year in July this village is hosting the Motovun Film Festival, which is a famous annual film festival.
Grožnjan, or know as a hilltop village of artists, is a beautiful small village full of small art shops and bars. This village is of great cultural significance not only in Croatia but also internationally.
The town of Bale is one of Istria’s best-kept secrets. It lies at the intersection of roads leading to Rovinj and is situated at a height of 140 meters above sea level. It is a perfect place to stop and take a walk around the beautiful town and enjoy the scenery.