The largest peninsula on the Adriatic Coast, Istria is one of Croatia's most popular beach destinations. Find a four-star hotel in Istria and explore the region’s rugged west coast, dotted with white-pebble beaches, rocky coves and aquamarine seas, and packed with diving and sailing opportunities. Head inland to discover the region's lush interior which is awash with quaint medieval hilltop villages and remote Byzantine churches.
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Stay near Istria's Cultural Hotspots
Regarded as the jewel in Istria's crown, Rovinj is a charming old fishing town criss-crossed with cobblestone piazzas each brimming with sun-blushed locals drinking wine and playing cards. Visit the baroque Church of Euphemia, which boasts a 60-metre-high bell tower and magnificent views over the Rovinj archipelago.
Further south lies Pula, Istria's main city. Visit the charming old town and its Roman Arena – built in the 2nd Century BC, it's widely regarded as one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world.
From Pula you can hop on a boat over to the Brijuni Islands, a cluster of 14 small islands which have protected national park status. Veli Brijuni is the largest and most accessible island, whose visitors come to snorkel its crystal clear waters among an abundance of colourful sea life. Take a guided tour by electric train or visit the island's safari park, which features zebras, llamas and an elephant.
Where to Stay for Fine Istrian Cuisine
Foodies may want to base themselves in a four-star hotel in Novigrad. The town is renowned for its gourmet food scene, and is home to the famous Gnam Gnam food festival between April and October. While the festival rightly celebrates the Novigrad scallop and other regional seafood, it's also the perfect opportunity to sample Istria's famed local produce, including white truffles, wine and cheese.
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