Istria, a verdant peninsula jutting out of Croatia's Adriatic Coast, is dotted with white-pebble beaches, quaint Mediterranean fishing villages and medieval hilltop towns. Boasting a sustainable approach to tourism, the region offers a number of two-, three- and four-star green hotels and eco-friendly accommodation catering for a variety of budgets.
Green Hotels and Organic Produce in Rovinj
Rovinj, an appealing fishing town on the western stretch is regarded as the jewel in Istria's crown. Blessed with sweeping white-pebble beaches and a charming harbour, Rovinj has a handful of green or eco-friendly hotels and apartments. For the perfect day out, grab a picnic from the rustic open-air market on Valdibora where you'll find organic truffles, fresh seafood and heavenly artisan olive oils.
Explore Umag’s Cultural Attractions
The town of Umag is best known for its unrivalled views over the Adriatic Sea. There are several green and sustainable hotels in the area, including an upmarket adults-only resort with tennis courts, a spa and chic restaurants. Art enthusiasts can visit Gallery Marin, a contemporary art museum featuring celebrated Croatian and Slovenian artists or admire the intricate frescoes in the town's 16th-century Church of St. Roch.
Sustainable Accommodation near Poreč’s Marina
Poreč, a lively resort centred around the Zelena Laguna and Plava Laguna areas, has a select few eco-friendly, green hotels and resorts, each within walking distance of the marina. The town has a vibrant shopping and dining scene, plus buzzing nightlife.
History and Outdoor Escapes in Pula
If you head further south still, you'll reach Pula, Istria's bustling main city which is centred around an old town and harbour. Don't miss the imposing 2nd-century BC Pula Arena, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Or escape the crowds on a boat trip to the Brijuni Islands, a cluster of 14 lush, mostly uninhabited islands which has protected national park status.
With a wide range of green hotels, great organic produce and stunning landscapes, Istria is a great place for a sustainable break. Use Expedia’s search filters to find the perfect eco-friendly hotel for you.