Istria is a picture-perfect region of Croatia, which boasts over 400 kilometres of beautiful blue Adriatic coastline, endless rolling green hills and centuries old historic towns. Tiny hilltop villages meet sweeping coastlines lined with fresh seafood restaurants across the region, whilst the atmospheric peninsula is also synonymous with hosting a variety of festivals throughout the year.
The peninsula has an expanding repute for gastronomic greatness — visitors can stroll through the vineyards and olive groves, which produce world-class wines and oils, before visiting the magical coastal towns to sample freshly caught seafood. Exploring the many towns will bring to light the diversity Istria offers and the rich history it withholds. Rovinj is one of the most beautiful towns on the Mediterranean with charming stone pavements and awe-inspiring buildings, whilst Poreč offers the magnificent sights of beautifully preserved Romanesque architecture. Many other smaller towns also lie in the lush greenery of the Istrian countryside — with narrow streets, quiet churches and total tranquillity to enjoy, they're well worth a visit.
Istria is a dream destination for any budding connoisseur of cuisine. Food is fresh, local and unbelievably delicious —the perfect combination for great gastronomy. Cuisine varies dependant on where you may be eating in the region. Coastal restaurants naturally offer more seafood dishes, whilst inland outlets offer hearty dishes such as steak or stews, but no matter where you may be dining, you can expect mouth-watering cuisine and stunning views as an accompaniment.
With thanks to the many cultures, civilizations, and countries that have made an impact on Istria, its history is rich and diverse, and remains evident throughout the region. Many historical monuments, remains, and documents have been well preserved and offer insight into the colourful history of Istria. The popular Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just one of the exceptional pieces of history you can uncover in this diverse region.
Croatian wine making history can be traced back to ancient times and the tradition continues today in Istria. You can visit a number of family-owned wineries – some traditional, and others developing a modern method. Take a wine-tasting tour and discover all of the region’s fantastic wines, including their fresh and fruity white wine Istarska Malvasija.
Istria has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with the hottest months being July and August. Winter is mild but winds can often be unpleasant, whilst come Spring, rain showers can be expected but Adriatic waters remain warm. Summer is when Istria thrives with warm climates bringing visitors to enjoy the beaches and countryside for outdoor activities.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Istria.
British Airways from London Heathrow to Pula. Easyjet from London Gatwick to Pula. Other UK regional departures may also be available.
From London to Pula: 2 hours, 10 minutes
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