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Visit Istria, Croatia
With a reputation for its olive oils, wines and truffles, Istria has plenty of gastro-credentials, but that’s just for starters. At times, this northwest region feels more Italian than Croatian, and it shares many of the same attractions. It plays host to Italianesque ports left over from its time under the Venetian Republic, along with a string of bucolic islands and one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres still standing. You’ll also encounter UNESCO-protected Byzantine art, age-old towns and castles, and vineyards reminiscent of Tuscany.
Our Croatia specialists have explored Istria’s main sights and its lesser-known ones, and they’ll carefully plan your visit to the region individually to match your preferences. Whether you want to explore culinary delights and visit vineyards or olive farms, search for truffles or linger over long lunches, they’re there to guide you along the way.
With first-hand knowledge of Istria and its historic sights, our specialists can also help you decide where to go and what to do. We might suggest exploring the medieval fishing town of Rovinj or attending a summer concert in the Roman amphitheatre in Pula. You can take a boat trip around the forested islands of Brijuni National Park and discover their Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. Or, explore the ancient Roman town of Poreč with its 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a place of worship cosseting golden Byzantine mosaics.
Suggested itineraries featuring Istria
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Istria, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Istria
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Istria
- Pula Istria
- Rovinj Istria
- Plitvice Lakes 86 miles away
- Zadar 99 miles away
- Zagreb 109 miles away
- Šibenik 141 miles away
- Trogir 164 miles away
- Split 171 miles away
- Šolta 172 miles away
- Dalmatian Coast 187 miles away
- Brač 187 miles away
- Hvar 195 miles away
- Korčula 216 miles away
- Dubrovnik 274 miles away
Accommodation choices for Istria
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Istria. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Istria
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Istria, and which use the best local guides.