Jutting out of Croatia's northern Adriatic Coast, the verdant, craggy peninsula of Istria is dotted with white-pebble beaches, colourful fishing resorts and medieval hilltop villages. The area is renowned for its diving and sailing opportunities, great shopping and gourmet dining scene, and offers a variety of boutique hotels.
Where to Find Boutique Hotels in Istria
Widely regarded as Istria's jewel in the crown, Rovinj has a picture-perfect fishing harbour and a charming old town with ancient cobblestone squares lined with vibrant bars and street cafes. Rovinj old town offers a good choice of chic or quirky boutique hotels, many oozing with history, while its sweeping white-pebble beaches feature seafront lodgings, beach bars and seafood restaurants. Head to the harbour front for a daily ferry service to Venice, and pleasure boat tours to Katarina Island and Red Island.
Explore Istria’s Interior from a Boutique Hotel Base
Take time out from beach hopping and head off-the-beaten track to discover Istria's lush interior. Dotted with gorgeous medieval hilltop villages, it offers some of the finest examples of Byzantine churches in Europe.
Other Areas for Boutique Accommodation
Poreč on Istria's central western coast also offers stylish, boutique lodgings. Most hotels and apartments are located in the lively Zelena Laguna and Plava Laguna resorts. Drawn by the area's safe, pebble beaches and gin-clear waters, it attracts a mix of couples, friends and families.
A Range of Boutique Hotels in Istria
The boutique hotels available in Istria range from B&Bs with traditional décor to chic, impeccably designed resorts with outdoor pools. With a good choice of locations and price points, you can get a boutique experience whatever your budget.
Discover Istria’s Amazing Food
Don't forget to sample some of Istria's famous cuisine during your boutique hotel stay. Largely influenced by their Italian neighbours, Istrian dishes include truffle-laced pastas, buttery gnocchi and super-fresh seafood. You’ll find wonderful local dishes on offer in even the most humble of bistros.
With beautiful coastal towns, peaceful islands and fabulous food to explore, Istria is the perfect place for a boutique hotel stay. Find your ideal accommodation using Expedia’s search filters.