Guide - Istria
Take a journey through colorful Istria and introduce yourself to all the colors of Croatia's biggest peninsula. The Blue Istria trail takes you through the sound of musical festivals along the coast, and surprise you with the movie spectacle in the Pula Arena. In Green Istria, you will discover your adventure spirit on the slopes of Mount Učka, while the taste of truffles follows you around the streets of medieval towns.
Gladiatorial past freshened by Istria Blue
The focal point of blue tourism, Poreč, will delight you with the brilliance of a third century mosaic in the Euphrasian Basilica, a piece of cultural heritage which put Istria on the UNESCO list. Let your thoughts wander free amongst the nineteen small islands of the Rovinj archipelago, seemingly within hand's reach from the bell tower of Saint Euphemia. A former battle-ground for gladiators, the excellently-preserved Arena, awaits in Pula. Under the open skies of this Croatian Coliseum, you will have a chance to see the latest movies during the Pula Film Festival. The Croatia Open beckons back north, to the ancient Romans' holiday spot. Be a part of the ATP tennis tournament which has, since 1990, made Umag the sporting capital of the peninsula.
Truffle-flavored movie magic of Green Istria
The trails of Green Istria take you back to the ancient times which hold the world's smallest town, Hum. Taste the Celtic magic of biska, a traditional brandy made from mistletoe. A medieval hilltop town, Motovun, will greet you with the international Motovun Film Festival, in Istria's best-preserved castle. Lovers of nature will get a chance to prospect for Istria's hidden gold – truffles hidden in the Motovun forest. Regardless of your success, you should pay a visit to Buzet, city of truffles, and taste this pinnacle of Istrian gastronomy during the Truffle Days.
From the subterranean kingdom to Istria's safari adventure
If you are attracted to such activities as climbing, mountain biking or free flying, Istria has adventures in store for you on its tallest mountain in the Učka outdoor program. Of particular interest is cave exploration besides the Baredina cavern, home of Istria's endemic subterranean amphibian, the olm. An escape from the intense summer heat can be found in the cave complex known as the Kingdom of Feština, amidst underground sculptures and a soothing sound of dripping water. The Bay of Lim is also well worth a visit, as it is sure to delight the visitor with the freshness and flavor of its famous shellfish, seabass and gilt-head breams. Brijuni, the archipelago known as the paradise of Istria, is the place to go for a genuine safari of exotic and diverse flora and fauna. In the Brijuni national park, one can literally walk in the footsteps of the dinosaurs.
Istria gifts you with a musical summer on her stage
Let Istrie immerse you in the melancholy sounds of the world's musicians performing at the Novigrad blues festival. The big names of jazz can be found at the Valamar Jazz Festival, which is held in Poreč. A spirit of ancient fishermen comes to life at the Rovinj Night, the biggest summer fiesta on the Adriatic. On the east coast, the creative Istria, as part of the Labin Art Republic, combines a nocturnal sight-seeing tour with artistic performances in the streets of Labin.