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Park Plaza Histria Pula
Park Plaza Histria Pula

Verudela 17, Pula 52100

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (342 reviews)

The Park Plaza Histria Hotel Pula is a 13-minute walk from the scenic Punta Verudela beach and a 10-minute drive from the …

£149
Guest House Hotel Riviera
Guest House Hotel Riviera

Splitska 1, Pula 52100

2.0 out of 5.0
2.8 out of 5 (149 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pula, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Istrian Museum of Contemporary Art and Pula Arena …

£46
Park Plaza Verudela Pula
Park Plaza Verudela Pula

Verudella 11, Pula 52100

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (395 reviews)

Located on the eastern side of the alluring Punta Verudela peninsula, Park Plaza Verudela Pula is just steps from some of …

£386
Hotel Galija
Hotel Galija

Epulonova 3, Pula 52100

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (111 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pula, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Sun Casino, Pula Arena, and Forum. Temple of …

£93
Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin
Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin

Osipovica 33, Medulin 52203

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (219 reviews)

This family-friendly Medulin hotel is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bijeca Beach and Levan Island. Pula …

£87
Hotel Brioni
Hotel Brioni

Verudella 16, Pula 52100

2.0 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (192 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Pula hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pula Aquarium, Forum, and Temple of Augustus. Pula Fortress …

£64
Hotel Katarina
Hotel Katarina

St. Katarina's Island, Rovinj 52210

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (66 reviews)

With direct access to the beach, this Rovinj hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Katarina Island, Rovinj Harbour, and Batana …

£168
Maistra Park Hotel Rovinj
Maistra Park Hotel Rovinj

I.M. Ronjgova 11, Rovinj 52210

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (291 reviews)

Located in the heart of Rovinj, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity, Church of Our …

£123
Hotel Omir
Hotel Omir

Sergio Dobric 6, Pula 52100

3.0 out of 5.0
2.3 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pula, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zerostrasse, Pula Arena, and Pula Fortress. Forum and …

£55
Splendid Golden Rocks Resort
Splendid Golden Rocks Resort

Verudella 6/B, Pula 52100

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (148 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Pula resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fort Bourguignon, Forum, and Temple of Augustus. Pula …

£295

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Pocket Guide: Istria

Covering an area of 3600-sq-km, Istria, the bucolic, heart-shaped peninsula on the northwest coast of Croatia formed part of Italy until the early-20th Century, which explains the region's heavy Italian influence.

Istria's popular coastal resorts like Umag and Poreč offer some of the biggest draws for holidaymakers to Croatia, and the area has an impressive selection of budget, mid-range and luxury hotels and resorts catering for the influx of sun-seekers who descend on its rocky shores each summer.

Where to Stay when Visiting Istria

Don't just limit your visit to Istria’s beautiful Adriatic Coast. Istria is brimming with quaint hilltop towns and villages, each with its own unique appeal. Head to the charming town of Rovinj and its many quaint cobbled piazzas where you can bask in the sun with the friendly locals, drinking wine and playing cards. From Rovinj you can also take a ferry over to Crveni Otog, a small islet known as the Red Island, which has an ornate 19th-century folly.

As an alternative to the region's many coastal hotels, Istria's verdant interior is dotted with rustic farmhouses and authentic agriturismos, each offering a more intimate accommodation experience.

Art and Culture in Istria

Poreč, a buzzing resort on Istria’s western coast, is home to the imposing 6th-century St. Euphrasius Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site widely regarded as one of the most important Byzantine churches in Western Europe. Further south, Pula, Istria's largest city, is renowned for its Arena, a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre that could seat some 23,000 in its heyday.

For a cultural fix, Rovinj's Church of St. Roch is also well worth a visit. Built in 1736, it's the largest baroque-style building in Istria. Emulating the belfry of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the 60-metre high bell tower is topped by a copper statuette of St. Euphemia. For a small donation you can climbed the tower for extensive views across the town.

Art-lovers will enjoy the quirky art trail around Groznjan, a tiny Tuscan-style village and home to many of the region's artists and musicians. The rambling ramparts in hilltop town of Motovun are another popular attraction. Each July, the town host's Croatia's largest independent film festival attracting some 40,000 movie buffs.

Istria Offers a Blend of Croatian and Italian Cuisine

Istrian cuisine is hugely diverse and heavily influenced by its Italian neighbours. Most Istria hotels and restaurants will feature an extensive range of pastas, gnocchi and fresh seafood dishes. However, Istria's gastronomic jewel is the white truffle, which comes into season in September and influences many a classic Istrian dish.

For lunch on the hoof, why not grab a picnic of fresh fruits, local meats and breads from one of the areas many fragrant open-air markets, and chuck in a chilled bottle of local wine. Istria is blessed with some of Croatia's best vineyards and produces a fruity, dry white wine, as well as a fine grappa, the local firewater.

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