Istria Travel Guide

  • Market in Rovinj.
    Market in Rovinj.
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    Anphitheatre (Pula, Croatia)
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Pula

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574,1378,50

Rovinj

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351,973,28

Porec

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291,679,44

Opatija

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190,467,30

Umag

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24,66,18

Brijuni National  Park

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49,138,0

Rabac

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23,46,20

Motovun

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90,162,1

Pazin

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31,65,0

Groznjan

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18,121,0

Vrsar

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77,131,9

Hum

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16,29,0

Bale

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28,109,0

Vodnjan

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28,121,0

Beram

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39,47,0

Livade

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23,52,0

Buzet

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13,20,1

Novigrad

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6,29,0

Sveti Lovrec Pazenaticki

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20,23,0

Flengi

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8,10,0

Anita

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3,4,0

Cervar-Porat

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4,0,0

Svetvincenat

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12,78,0

Savudrija

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0,7,6

Labin

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6,17,2

Buje

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2,12,0

Vizinada

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0,6,0

Visnjan

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0,2,0

Stancija Valkanela

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1,2,0

Sveti Petar u Sumi

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0,7,0

Otocic Sveti Juraj

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Marija na Krasu

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1,5,0

Funtana

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1,3,0

Brtonigla

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1,2,0

Blatna Vas

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1,4,0

Donje Baredine

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7,42,0

Barban

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1,2,0

Pula

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  • Arch of the Sergeius Family

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pula Things to Do

    Whenever you arrive at the Triumphal Arch of Sergi, do know one thing. It’s a tip we are giving you as we learned about this once we were at home and read some more about the city of Pula and the Triumphal Arch of Sergi in particular. It was a part of the old city walls. This triumphal arch leaned against the city gate Porta Aurea thus called...

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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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  • Pula Arena – Do visit the cellars!

    Pula Tourist Traps

    Today the Pula Arena is the venue for summer performances - the Film Festival, Opera Season, Equestrian Festival and concerts. The amphitheater can seat about 5,000 spectators. The underground passages, once used by the gladiators, nowadays host a regular exhibition of viticulture and olive growing in Istria in ancient times. So, make sure you also...

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Rovinj

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  • Pula – More than 3000 years of history.

    Rovinj Off The Beaten Path

    Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola, name given to Pula by the old Romans, has been writing its history for 3000 years. The city built at the end of a beautiful bay and on seven hills reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient city wall. The compact town of Pula is easy to get around, and the ideal place to...

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  • Hotel Istra

    Rovinj Hotels

    This excellent hotel is situated on a separate island - Red Island or St. Andrew Island.... The...

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  • Pula – Game plan strategy.

    Rovinj Off The Beaten Path

    Most people try to rush Pula on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Pula properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Pula we saw on a city map that the city of Pula is divided into three areas - the historical old town, the area around the...

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Porec

See all 291 Porec Tips
  • Brijuni Islands – Guided tour by foot.

    Porec Off The Beaten Path

    After the train tour we had about 30 minutes for a nice lunch. After the lunch we continued the guided tour by foot. Our first stop was the Tito Museum, where I thought the displays were fascinating. They had various personal items belonging to Tito and the whole place brimmed with photos of him meeting world leaders and movie stars. The world...

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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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  • Brijuni Islands – Guided tour by train.

    Porec Off The Beaten Path

    The boat trip from Fazana to the Veli Brijuni island is about 3,5 kilometers long and takes approximately 30 minutes. Once at the island we took the Brijuni National Park Tour and this begins at the harbour in front of the Hotel Neptun. It is quite simple, you will be able to choose a guide in English, Italian, German or Croatian. And the language...

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Opatija

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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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  • 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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  • The center

    Opatija Things to Do

    In the center you see a lot of old hotels and pastel-colored villas. The city is also rich in historic buildings, including in classical and baroque style. Furthermore, in the center you'll find a large post office, banks and plenty of ATMs. Accommodation can be found in Opatija for everyone. There are ordinary hotels, expensive hotels and two...

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Umag

See all 24 Umag Tips
  • 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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Brijuni National Park

  • Fazana – Finding the real Fazana?

    Brijuni National Park Off The Beaten Path

    During our second visit it was clear to us that we wanted to see the other part of town besides the marina area. To do this we can honestly state that the best way to explore Fazana is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If...

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  • Fazana – Don’t rush your visit.

    Brijuni National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Although Fazana is quite small, don’t have the idea that you must rush Fazana on a budget. Via this way you will end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. My idea for seeing Fazana properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Fazana we saw on a city map that the city of Fazana is...

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  • Fazana – Worth a visit.

    Brijuni National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Once we visit a village we always love to loose ourselves in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes. During such a hike we always follow the streets that wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After such a stroll we reward ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that this is not quite the case in Fazana...

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Rabac

See all 23 Rabac Tips
  • 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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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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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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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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Hum

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  • Dining in the Middle of Nowhere

    Hum Restaurants

    It's worth a 2-3 hour diversion to pay a visit to Hum, the self-proclaimed "smallest town in the world" . The cozy konoba has delicious food and some outside seating. One of my favorite hidden spots in Europe. Try the hot wine with sugar. Sounds strange but it's so good! My dad got krostole (a doughnut-type dessert) and those were perfect for...

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  • The Glagolitic road and the glagolitic...

    Hum Favorites

    From Hum departs the so called Glagolitic road, that in 7 km links Hum to Rozzo and is surrounded by 11 sculptures that celebrate the importance of the area as centre of the literature in glagolitic alphabet , that was still usede until the XX century.The glagolitic alphabet (Glagolits) is a slavic alphabet, considered to be the ancestor of the...

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  • Zvane Crnja

    Hum Favorites

    The Aleja glagoljasa was conceived by a poet, Zvane Crnja, that founded of the cakavian academy, from the name of one of the Croatian languages, cakavian, spoken Istria and in the islands of the Kvarner gulf. A sculptor, Zelimir Janes and a professor of ancient literature, Josip Bratulic, realized it. On this stone, the name of several cities of...

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Bale

See all 28 Bale Tips
  • 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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Vodnjan

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  • Fazana – Finding the real Fazana?

    Vodnjan Off The Beaten Path

    During our second visit it was clear to us that we wanted to see the other part of town besides the marina area. To do this we can honestly state that the best way to explore Fazana is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If...

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  • Fazana – Don’t rush your visit.

    Vodnjan Off The Beaten Path

    Although Fazana is quite small, don’t have the idea that you must rush Fazana on a budget. Via this way you will end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. My idea for seeing Fazana properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Fazana we saw on a city map that the city of Fazana is...

    more
  • Fazana – Worth a visit.

    Vodnjan Off The Beaten Path

    Once we visit a village we always love to loose ourselves in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes. During such a hike we always follow the streets that wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After such a stroll we reward ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that this is not quite the case in Fazana...

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Beram

See all 39 Beram Tips
  • 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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