Istria Travel Guide

  • Market in Rovinj.
    Market in Rovinj.
    by cachaseiro
  • Anphitheatre (Pula, Croatia)
    Anphitheatre (Pula, Croatia)
    by Redang
  • Porec
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Pula

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602,1475,51

Rovinj

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353,973,28

Porec

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305,703,44

Opatija

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191,467,30

Brijuni National  Park

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71,223,0

Umag

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24,66,18

Motovun

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90,162,1

Rabac

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23,46,20

Groznjan

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18,121,0

Vrsar

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77,131,9

Pazin

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31,65,0

Bale

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28,109,0

Beram

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39,47,0

Vodnjan

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31,134,0

Livade

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23,52,0

Hum

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16,29,0

Buzet

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13,20,1

Sveti Lovrec Pazenaticki

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20,23,0

Novigrad

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6,29,0

Labin

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6,17,2

Svetvincenat

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12,78,0

Flengi

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8,10,0

Ucka

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2,7,0

Stancija Valkanela

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1,2,0

Marija na Krasu

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1,5,0

Cervar-Porat

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4,0,0

Buje

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2,12,0

Sveti Petar u Sumi

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0,7,0

Savudrija

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0,7,6

Funtana

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1,3,0

Otocic Sveti Juraj

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Roc

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2,5,0

Blatna Vas

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1,4,0

Donje Baredine

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7,42,0

Anita

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3,4,0

Pula

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  • Arch of the Sergeius Family

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    The Triumphal Arch of Sergius, was erected between the years 29 and 27 B.O.T by the Sergi family, in honor of three members of the family who had high positions in Pula at that time. This triumphal arch leaned against the city gate, the so called Golden Gate, called like that because o

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  • Hotel Histria

    Pula Hotels

    57-71 euros per person in a double room, half board -most expensive in Pula -very big (if you like...

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  • Not all restaurants offer the fresh...

    Pula Tourist Traps

    Like in any other touristic places on earth there are restaurants and "restaurants". If you do not care how much you will spend for lunch, I suggest you "Milan", Borghesia" "Fra-Kat", or "Valsabbion". If the price matter to you, take your own risk. Let me teach you how to recognize the fresh fish:- open the eye of the fish (when the waiter showing...

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Rovinj

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Porec

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  • Public transport means only bus in this...

    Porec Transportation

    The only way to reach Porec by means of public transport ios by bus.The little bus station is located slightly outside the city centre but you will walk into the centre in ~10 minutes. It is frequented by buses from a few companies with Autotrans (which I used for a day trip from Pula) being the biggest. Attached to the bus station is a little...

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  • Hotel Neptun

    Porec Hotels

    Can I tell you that there CENTRAL BOOKING telephone number is:: 451 430 ?? Do use it and you will...

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  • An introduction to Porec's history.

    Porec Favorites

    Porec has a history of settlement that spans 2.500 years. Preserved records by ancient Greek historians and geographers from the 6th and 4th centuries B.O.T mention a small fishing village, and archaeological findings prove it. In the 2nd century B.O.T a Roman settlement was built which later developed into a military stronghold (Rome conquered...

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Opatija

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  • Casino

    Opatija Things to Do

    This was opened in about 2000, and the building was totally redone for the casino but we did not go inside because may lose some dollars.

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  • Hotel Kvarner

    Opatija Hotels

    This is what I call style! Opatija was the last stop of our holiday and I just didn't feel like...

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  • Easy swimming

    Opatija Things to Do

    Like (almost) everywhere else in Croatia there's no sand, so the swimming has been made easy by several artificial pools in the sea. The surroundings are lively and beautiful, but the rainy weather and late arrival didn't invite us to the water.

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Brijuni National Park

  • Going around – What to see.

    Brijuni National Park Things to Do

    Notwithstanding the latter, the island(s) are steeped in history and there is much more to see than just the official tour. Worth considering the best hotel for a couple of days chilling out in the off season months. There is even a rather tatty 18 hole golf course which was famous pre-1939 - with sandy grit "greens". we walked our way to the...

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  • Going around – Rent some transport.

    Brijuni National Park Things to Do

    Admission to the island (200 Kuna in July) is by regular ferry from Fazana (guided tour of museum and wildlife park included). Mid-morning onwards there are large groups of school children making the trip but once away from the tour area you can lose yourself in the island by walks or renting bicycles next to one of three hotels. The guided tour is...

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  • Going around – A linetary.

    Brijuni National Park Things to Do

    Brijuni Islands - If you are in the area and have a day to spare you should visit these islands. It is a National Park and access is realistically limited to the main Brujini Island (Veli Brijuni). This is a must do if you are looking for a piece of Yugoslavia nostalgia (Tito era) but also for some real peace and quiet. The boat trip from Fazana to...

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Umag

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  • Street Shopping

    Umag Shopping

    Along the highway from Umag you will find many sellers hawking their crafts and foods. In particular you can find chili peppers, onions, and garlic, fruits that are in season, liquors, and juices. We even stopped at several cheese dealers who make their own crafted cheeses.They are out there even on Sundays. Garlic woven together for a wall...

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  • Sol Garden Istra

    Umag Hotels

    consists of few buildings, the major building is hotel itself and 3 others-more modest smaller...

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  • Beer Beer Beer

    Umag Shopping

    We tasted several brands of Croatian beer. Favorit tasted so good that we decided to bring it home and begin searching to find it in a store where we live near Venice. I am hoping to find a supplier because this beer has a great taste, and the after taste is what I prefer, barley, grain and less hopps.If you dine in Croatia, try it. I came home...

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Motovun

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  • A stroll on the ramparts

    Motovun Things to Do

    We also made a stroll on the ramparts of this town. Be sure to make this walk, our you'll miss the beautiful panoramas that make this such an interesting place!

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  • Kastel Hotel

    Motovun Hotels

    Deklevi are very nice village, Lavender Farm Deklevi is open to the public and can be made beautiful...

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  • Fast food

    Motovun Restaurants

    Quick service and tasty food, soft drinks. Roofed terrace. Easily accessible, located directly on the side of the road, good view of the valleys. As you can see in one of the pictures, I feasted on a giant slice of toasted bread with lettuce and tomatoes. Could easily be characterised as a ploughman's lunch.

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Rabac

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  • Harbour

    Rabac Things to Do

    Rabac has very nice small harbour with surprisingly clear blue water and even tiny beach. It is full of boats and definitely worth some photo :)

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  • Adoral

    Rabac Hotels

    Obala M. Tita, Rabac, 52221, Croatia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Mass on Sunday

    Rabac Things to Do

    If you are used to go to the church on Sundays, visit small church on the main promenade. There is Mass in several languages. When its sunny it is held outside so you will see many people gathered before the church.

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Groznjan

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  • Kaštel - The Castle

    Groznjan Favorites

    Kaštel is central and the oldest structure of Grožnjan around which in times has created urban residential area. It is not a classical castle of imposing size with defensive towers, its structure is simple but solid and built exclusively as military post. With its outside part the Kaštel was incorporated into the city's defensive walls.

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  • Grožnjan

    Groznjan Favorites

    Grožnjan is a small town located in the heart of Istria, on a hill opposite to much better known Motovun. These two towns on the hills actually mark the line where starts beautiful Mirna river valley. At the entrance to the town stands a bilingual inscription, Gožnjan-Grisignana, because on the Istrian peninsula resides the Italian minority. For...

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  • The Church of SS. Vitus, Modestus and...

    Groznjan Favorites

    The parish church was first mentioned in 1310 but its present look dates from 1770 when the new church was built on the site of an older church from the beginning of the 16th century. There is a 36 m high bell tower from 1721 next to the church. The church is dedicated to saints whom people from Istria worshiping among the most, Saint Vitus, Saint...

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Vrsar

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  • Explore back alleys

    Vrsar Things to Do

    That's me exploring the back alleys of the town of Vrsar, 25 May 2012. There's so much to discover here because no two houses are the same and there's an astonishing variety in round arches, bay windows, balconies, lintels and every kind of masonry work.

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  • Belvedere Tourist Settlement

    Vrsar Hotels

    Petalon 1, Vrsar HR-52450, Croatia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Church of St. Anthony

    Vrsar Things to Do

    Seventeenth century Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Vrsar. Elegant portico and iron fence. It could not be visited when we were there. You'll find this small church in the upper part of town.

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Pazin

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  • The Bell-Tower

    Pazin Favorites

    The bell-tower is separated from the church's body, and it is another characteristic which can be noticed on Istrian peninsula. Such form of the bell-tower can be seen in the cathedrals of Pula, Rovinj, Vodnjan and few other smaller towns. The bell-tower is 45 m high and represents a typical Venetian style.

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  • The parish church

    Pazin Favorites

    The parish church was assigned to St. Nicholas (sveti Nikola), the patron of sailors. The church was first mentioned in a document from 1266, and later it was rebuilt several times. The current form and appearance of the church dates back from the 18th century when it was rebuilt and expanded in the Baroque style. Inside the church are preserved...

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  • The old core

    Pazin Favorites

    This is one of the very characteristic small and narrow street of the old core of the town. It is situated right opposite of the Castle. Pazin is small town with only 5000 inhabitants but has a long history which dates back to the early Middle Ages. Unfortunately, not many signs of that long history survived until today.

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Bale

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  • As it used to be

    Bale Off The Beaten Path

    Simple farners stone made houses and barns still stand but abandoned since long ago. Some people built new houses but most of them emigrated From Bale in between two WW and especially after WW II. Fact is, Bale had mostly Italian population and they left after WW II ended or around 1953.In last 15 years, however, the town of Bale is inhabited...

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  • Water resource

    Bale Local Customs

    The old well - cistern, stands in the courtyard of the Caslte of Soardo-Bembo. The look of the well witnesses the nobility of the house-owner. Istrian peninsula is preety rich with water resources and almost eacg house used to have cistern in the courtyard.

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  • Washing hands

    Bale Local Customs

    Washing hands before entering in the house, it was a traditional custom on the coastal part of Croatia. Not much of this custom left today but when I see it I always remember my grandmother, washing-stand with fresh water stood next to the entrance of her house.

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Beram

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  • Beram - St. Mary of the Rocks - frescoes...

    Beram Things to Do

    Beram is close to Pazin. Driving from Porec across Istria usually means passing Pazin - but many people do not pay attention to Beram, a little fortified town few miles before Pazin if one drives from Porec. There is a narrow one-lane road leading to the top of the hill where the center of the small town is. In the center is a parochial church of...

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  • "Dance of The Dead" in Beram

    Beram Things to Do

    Our guide book was as helpful in as much as telling us we needed to go to Beram, which we did. It's a small place with a whopping big church BUT this is NOT the church required!There's map of sorts on a board near the church - and if you can follow the directions and find The Confraternity Church of St. Mary on Skrilinah, from it's directions... I...

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  • Inside Sveta Marija na Skrilinah

    Beram Favorites

    The first glimpse inside Sveta Marija na Skrilinah is a great surprise. Frescoes cover the walls and the ceiling. Every space that could be painted has been painted. And everything (nearly everything) is in such a good condition after so long !

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Vodnjan

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  • Church of St. Blaise – Bodies of Saints.

    Vodnjan Things to Do

    This place is a walhalla for relics lovers and persons with an affection for morbid atmospheres. We find relics to be completely fascinating, but this place takes the cake. The church houses half a dozen bodies of saints from the 1300-1700s ... that have mysteriously remained intact and have not decomposed. You can view them and listen to a short...

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  • Church of St. Blaise – Lighting a...

    Vodnjan Things to Do

    During our visit to Vodnjan we were quite early when we first arrived at the Church of St. Blaise we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were absolutely no tourists at all. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The sight of...

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  • Church of St. Blaise – Largest church of...

    Vodnjan Things to Do

    We ended up in Vodnjan by accident. At one day we wanted to visit the city of Pula, but we heared that there was a huge traffic jam towards the city. Therefore we decided to just drive around in the area and via this way we ended up in Vodnjan. We parked the car just outside the city centre and walked up the hill. The first square we arrived at was...

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Livade

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  • White truffle on the Guinness book of...

    Livade Things to Do

    In 2004, the half kilo truffle was the biggest but in the Zigante shop of Livade is on exhibit a bronze molding of a 1,310 g white truffle that was found in Livade on November 2nd 1999. It has been recorded in the Guinness book of World Record as the record truffle found in the world. This truffle was named Millennium, and used by Carlo Zigante to...

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  • White truffle hunt, the deception

    Livade Local Customs

    However, that does not interest the dog anymore ! Mario carry on digging and finally found a pin’s head truffle that should weight less than a gram ! He had told us that this year was very bad for truffle. He was right and that was the only truffle we found with him. Luckily, he had preserved truffles at home and we had great pasta with white...

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  • White truffel hunt, the dog

    Livade Local Customs

    The dog seems to have identified a truffle at the foot of an oak. He begins digging with its paws and Mario is watching it so that it will not eat it! Istrian dogs used for truffle hunting are called “breks”. They have been trained since they were 2 month. They are "bastardici" (mongrels) but they are highly valuable and their owners would never...

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