A craggy, verdant peninsula on Croatia's northern Adriatic Coast, Istria is renowned for its long, white-pebble beaches and warm, aquamarine waters. There are a number of popular beach areas in Istria including Poreč, a buzzy resort on the western coast, Rovinj, a quaint Mediterranean town and fishing port, and Pula, Istria's buzzing main hub. All offer a variety of three, four- and five-star beach hotels catering to every budget.
Beach Hotels in Istria’s ‘Crown Jewel’
Regarded as the jewel in Istria's crown, Rovinj is centred around a colourful fishing harbour and the old town, where the ancient cobblestone piazzas are lined with bars and street cafes. The clutch of pebbled beaches around Rovinj are lined with beach hotels, many with restaurants, kids' clubs and wonderful sea views. The harbour offers a daily ferry service to Venice, as well as pleasure boat tours around the Rovinj archipelago, Katarina Island and Red Island.
Other Beach Hotel Hotspots in Istria
Poreč on Istria's western stretch offers a number of three and four star beach hotels in the bustling Zelena Laguna and Plava Laguna resorts. Both offer safe pebbled beaches with shallow, clear waters, and have a decent shopping and bar scene. They attract couples, friends and young families.
A Blend of Beach Hotels and Cultural Attractions
Perched on Istria's southwest tip, Pula is a bustling city with a fascinating history centred around the imposing 2nd-century BC Arena, which is regarded as one the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Most beach hotels in the area are located on the Verudela Peninsula, known as the Pula Riviera, a short bus ride from the old town.
Pula's Fazana and Premantura beaches offer sea kayaking, snorkelling and windsurfing, as well as many sailing excursions from one of Pula's two marinas. Escape the city for the day on a boat trip to the Brijuni National Park, a clutch of protected islands just off the coast.
Istria is rightly famous for its beaches, so beachfront accommodation will help you make the most of your stay in the region. Use Expedia’s search filters find the perfect Istria beach hotel for you.