Istria is Croatia’s largest peninsula and an excellent starting point for your sailing holidays. It is placed between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner, where playful and green hills merge into blue waters of the Adriatic. The coast and the islands are both covered with pinewoods and easily recognizable green macchia.
This most developed Croatian tourist region is known for its fairy-tale picturesque little towns in its hinterland, the numerous wine roads and fantastic cuisine, particularly the truffles, but also for its developed nautical tourism. Croatian part of Istria is a center of wine production and extraordinary culinary tradition, famous for its vineyards and truffles. This part of Istria offers a perfect harmony of nature and tourism, a reason why it is known as Croatian Tuscany.
Along its entire western coast, the sailors can visit numerous attractions and historically rich towns, thanks to the many marinas located in almost every one of them. Interesting places to visit on the Istrian peninsula are Novigrad and its lapidarium; Umag; 6th century Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč and the Baroque Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj as the best witnesses of rich Istrian cultural heritage. On the west coast of Istria cut deep into the mainland is the Lim Bay, also known as “the istrian fjord”, protected as a special marine reserve known for its seafood delicacies – oysters, crabs and mussels.
The amphitheatre in Pula is the sixth largest Roman amphitheatre in the world and one of the best preserved.
Built in the 1st century AD it was used for gladiator battles. The Brijuni National Park is the main pearl of Istria’s natural heritage consisting of 14 islands on which rare plant and animal species live, it is an ideal destination for lovers of golf.
Istria is widely known for its exceptionally pleasant climate, warm and dry summers, mild and pleasant winters. Average amount of sunshine is 2.388 hours. Territory with more than two thousand caves, caverns, chasms and abysses. Nature reserves Brijuni National Park and Nature Park Ucka are legally protected areas. Other interesting places are Lim Channel and wood near Motovun.
Istra region: Rovinj, Poreč, Pula, Novigrad, National Park Islands Brioni