The south of Istria is a unique and picturesque place to spend your holidays. It is rich with lush and unspoiled beaches which are characterised by pine forests that stretch up to meet the crystal clear sea. You will be surrounded by beautiful landscapes, hidden bays, coves and natural beaches, picturesque sights and rich history. If you pause to observe you will see marvellous landscapes, rich in variety and colours, where Mother Nature shows its wonders.
Istria offers a rich cuisine of local specialties such as the fish ‘brodet‘ or rich grilled meat barbecues including the famous ‘čevapčiči‘ or other specialties such as Istrian truffles, ham and home-made pasta. The love for genuine food is strongly tied to the local tradition, which is based on authentic flavours and local products accompanied by fine wines and home-made olive oils.
There are many events and local festivals in south Istria that make the Istrian peninsula particularly interesting. Various themes, such as sports, music and film festivals, concerts, exhibitions and events that are related to food or art in general. In the fantastic scenery of Pula’s arena, events such as film festivals and summer concerts by famous international singers are held every year.
Visit Istria in the spring or fall when the weather is mild and nature gives you the most spectacular colourful landscapes; this is the perfect time to combine your stay with moments of pure relaxation in one of the Istrian Spa centres. In the summer time some wellness centres offer also relaxing outdoor treatments; generally all SPA treatments during the peak season have to be booked well in advance.
The seaside towns and nearby beaches offer a wide range of activities such as boat trips, fishing trips, diving, sailing, surfing, jet skiing, kite surfing, from the beaches of Duga Uvala up to the most well known and equipped of Pula, Fazana, Medulin, Banjole, Rabac, Veruda, Prematura and Stoja. The local beaches are all natural bays and coves. These are open to everyone and there you will find rich pine woods stretching down to the sea to offer you a place in the shade.
After just a 15 minute drive you will be in Pula, immersed in a city rich with 3,000 years of history, culture, architectural treasures and archaeological sites, such as the wonderful arena, the forums and the golden arch. Walking along its streets you can see the footprints left by the various historical periods and the evolution of a pretty harbour town.
Istria offers unique landscapes which are rich in all kinds of spectacular natural attractions such as national parks, islands, capes, reserves, caves, forest parks, natural monuments and protected landscapes. Some of these places are easily reachable and you can enjoy whole days immersed in the wonders of nature.