Istria (Istra) – the peninsula where tradition meets luxury

Although Croatia’s magnificent seaside attracts more and more people from around the world, especially cities like Split , Zadar and, of course, Dubrovnik,  true hedonists will appreciate one particular place on the Adriatic coast.

Istria – where tradition meets luxury

The place is no other than the famous Istria, a peninsula settled in the northern part of the Adriatic sea, near the Slovenian border, Istria has always been a well-known place for those who know how to enjoy life to the fullest.
Grand Park Hotel Rovinj Istria, photo by Maistra

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj Istria, photo by Maistra

On such a small space (less than 3000 square km!) you’ll be able to experience 445 km of coast, endless green fields, mountains with snow on top, and of course, beautiful beaches which are regularly issued in all the world’s top magazines.

Istria’s history is truly one of the richest in Europe

Don’t take only our word, explore yourself and see all the remains from Roman and Byzantine culture,  take a hike through untouched small medieval cities and their narrow streets and feed your eyes on magical Renaissance art inspired by nearby Venice in its peak period.

 

Motovun, photo by Zoran Jelača

 

The golden nuggets off Istria are truffles

No wonder Istria was always a fruitful ground for the noble and wealthy. Besides many beautiful locations such as Pula and the world’s smallest city in the world, the town of Hum, Istria offers a bit for every kind of visitor, from excellent cuisine (often containing truffles, which are rare to find and here you can experience truffle hunting yourself!), breathtaking peaceful views and high-quality movie and music festivals, such as Motovun film festival and Dimensions. All the things you can experience in Istria have an extra level of taste and luxury, so it’s no wonder even the celebrities go there to relax, such as Brad Pitt.

Take a time experience in this little Adriatic heaven, and book yourself a dream holiday in Istra-Croatia!

 

Rovinj, photo credit by Maistra

Amphitheatre in Pula, Istria, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc

Mali Lošinj, Lošinj Island, Croatia, photo by Andreja Pruša Horvatić

Mali Lošinj – Lussino

Mali Lošinj successfully holds a position of significant maritime, commercial, and tourist center. The largest island town on the Adriatic, located on the south side of the island Lošinj, is one of the main tourist centers in Croatia. Many factors…
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A Coordinates of enjoyment – Hotel Navis

Hotel Navis is an exclusive 5-star hotel of unique and original architecture and design. Designed by one of the most famous Croatian architects and offers 44 accommodation units: 40 Superior Rooms and 4 Superior Suites. The Room with THE view,  Opatija,…
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Cres Island, Croatia photo by Croatian Attractions

Lošinj and Cres islands microclimate against COVID-19

We need good news, lovely photos, smiling. Happy faces… and healthy people. Let’s go to Lošinj! Lošinj is a proven oasis of health on Kvarner. Maybe this time – we prove the effectiveness of nature even against COVID-19. 20 cases since the…
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San Canzian village & hotel, Istria, Croatia, photo credit by San Canzian

San Canzian. Totally Istria

San Canzian, village & hotel, small luxury hotel, Buje, Istria, Croatia, photo by croatia2go.com San Canzian. Totally different. Istria is a part of Croatia that tourists, especially those from other continents, know little about. Even local guests (from Croatia) know little…
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San Canzian – indulgence in the heart of Istria

In the heart of Istria, in the medieval village of Mužolini Donji, near Buje and Grožnjan, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, gardens of local herbs and plants are settled 5* San Canzian Village & Hotel. It’s a perfect place to experience…
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Motovun-Montona

Overlooking the Mirna River valley lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun-Montona of the northern part of Istria. This amazing captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian inland. Motovun/Montona, Istra,Croatia.jpg…
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Croatian Vineyards

Croatian attractions – Plešivica Vineyards of Croatia Croatia is considered one of the few elite countries in the world with the envious list of excellent wines. Here you can find around 100 native types of grapes. ILOK- WINESHOP Bornstein vinery…
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White Truffles of Istria, photo by Igor Horvatić

The Truffles – golden nuggets of Istria

The truffle is the supreme delicacy known and enjoyed by the Mesopotamian rulers 4000 years ago, was known to the ancient Greeks and the Roman emperors, and served at the French court and among the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. It’s still one…
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Vrsar, Istria, Croatia, photo by Manuel Paljuh

The Famous lover Casanova loved Istria and Vrsar

You must have heard of the famous seducer Giacomo Casanova to whom no woman in 18th century Europe could resist. Well, some Istrian woman had a privilege to meet him in person. 🙂 Casanova, Vrsar, photo by Manuel Paljuh  …
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Hotel Istra, Saint Andrew island, Rovinj, ISTRA, Croatia, photo credit by Maistra

Heaven is at St. Andrew’s island

Summertime. Time passes slower in the office than on vacation. One of Murphy’s Laws. The worst one. Time consumption sometimes seems like a broken time capsule. Interesting, mine completely recovers at St. Andrew’s island in front of Rovinj. Mistery recovery is…
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Nautical connectivity in Croatia

It’s good to know as many information as possible when going abroad, especially in the case of transport. You all know the importance of the metro, tram, train and plane connectivity inside any country – it is just necessary knowledge!…
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World Sailing Elites Arrive in Rovinj

Croatia-Attractions-Rovinj, photo credit by Maistra   The Adris44 Cup, one of the most attractive sailing competitions in the world, will once again take place in Rovinj – an ideal nautical and sports destination. Starting 29 May till 2 June this…
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Balkan Yacht Adventure

Photo by Alex Block on Unsplash     I spoke with Filip Jakovac, a young entrepreneur who gave up his law profession and started a series of unique and adventurous touristic tours with Balkan theme. We had a great time…
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Driving Yugo across Balkan roads is great fun!!

The coffee break with Filip Jakovac brings us a lot of fun. Literally, whether Croatia is or not part of Balkan peninsula -the idea of Balkan Roads is fantastic. Tell me about the Balkan Roads? What’s so special about it?…
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Rovinj – the jewel of Istria

You have stumbled upon the beautiful little city of Rovinj, or Rovigno in its Italian version. Everyone who craves relaxation, amazing and Instagramable scenes as well as colorful and historical buildings will start planning their trip to the probably most…
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Rab- the island of happiness

In the vicinity of the popular islands of Cres and Krk, another one in a series of beautiful islands on the Adriatic whose popularity is growing… is Rab Island! The beautiful landscape of the island, coolness of the water and…
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Vrsar, Croatia photo credit by Maistra

Sailing in Croatia is MUST!

Are you a fan of sailing? Croatia is an ideal destination! Beautiful natural beaches, various bays, small fishing villages, National parks, and a wealth of islands and islets make our country truly special! The best time for the sailing season…
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Rovinj, Istria, Croatia photo by Andreja Horvatić

Retirement in Istria

As we grow older, we realize that we’ll have a more prolonged life with more choices how to spend it, unlikemany previous generations. Retirement is no longer a scary period that people fear of. Today, retirement is looked upon as…
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Architecture of Opatija

 The tourist development of Opatija began in 1844 when a classical “villa Angelina” was built, and tourism experienced a sudden rise after 1880 when the whole area was bought by the Southern Railway Company. At that time Opatija has numerous…
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A short history of Opatija

In our introduction to Opatija, a romantic shelter for all those who enjoy beauty, nature, and peace, we gave you a glimpse of what this little coastal town is mainly about. But how did the historical path of Opatija go…
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The fastest way to get to Lošinj!

Do you know that Lošinj can be reached by the regular airline? In cooperation with Czech air carrier Silver Air in the period from June 24 to September 16, return flights will be organized from Zagreb, Split, Pula and Lugana…
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Opatija- a romantic shelter

Northern Adriatic is like a rare jewel. Hidden and hard to find sometimes but just adorable when you discover it. It is the exact reason why Opatija, a peaceful little town at the door of Istrian peninsula, holds the title „The…
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The Istrian thermal resort

In the spirit of presenting some of the magical places in Croatia, which also happen to have healing powers (in case you missed our post about health tourism, be sure to click here!), it wouldn’t be an interesting list without…
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Formula 1 driver Mario Andretti grew up in Motovun

Motovun, a village, and municipality in Croatia, in the Istrian County, became the is the best-preserved medieval Istrian fortress, which was built on the top of a steep hill. One of the most preserved Istrian medievals towns became an attractive…
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Good night chocolate in Monte Mulini

There are a lot of hotels, and in few, I spent some time. But what do we remember? What did I remember? Sometimes it’s staff, or wellness, sometimes it’s nice big or cozy room, sometimes it’s brutally expensive minibar, or…
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Lošinj is The Island of Vitality

Pleasant Mediterranean climate, rich biodiversity (230 kinds of herbs), essential oils, sea aerosols, clean air, crystal clear sea … all of this has a fantastic impact on your respiratory system! The island of Lošinj with an annual insolation of more…
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Who is Apoxyomenos?

Croatian Apoxyomenos or Lošinj Apoxyomenos is a bronze antique statue (apoxicus) from the 2nd or 1st cent. BC, found in 1996. and erected in 1999 at the sea in Lošinj. Apoxyomenos, a bronze statue from ancient Greece dates from the…
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Lošinj Island – Still Hidden treasure of Croatia

People have come to Lošinj island long ago. They stayed or passed through thousands of years of historical change. Everyone has left a mark and contributed to the creation of a rich heritage that offers us numerous insights and drags…
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Cres, photo by Matko M. Švarc

The Valun tablet

As well as the Baška tablet, there is also one other significant monument for Croatian history. The Valun tablet is one of the oldest Croatian epigraphic monuments dating from the 9th century. It was named after a small place of…
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Baška tablet, photo by by Muha

The Croatian tablet – The Baška tablet

You’ve learned something about the Glagolitic alphabet, but how does it look like when it’s written on one of the most famous monuments in Croatian history?  To answer your thoughts and questions, here is a short story of the Baška…
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Amphitheatre in Pula, Arena, Istria, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc

Istra (Istria) – the peninsula where tradition meets luxury

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj Istria, photo by Maistra Although Croatia’s magnificent seaside attracts more and more people from around the world, especially cities like Split , Zadar and, of course, Dubrovnik,  true hedonists will appreciate one particular place on the Adriatic…
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The beaches in Croatia

A perfect summer holiday is unimaginable without a perfect beach with a beautiful, aquamarine-colored sea and a sandy beach where you can lay all day and soak up the sun as much as you like. Luckily for you, you don’t…
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Weather in Croatia in summer

Weather in Croatia during summer Summer is traditionally being the busiest time of the year regarding the growing interest in Croatia’s seaside and all other wonderful attractions that come by. There is a good reason why Croatia is the perfect…
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Amphitheatre in Pula, Arena, Istria, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc

Pula – capital of Istria, home of Romans

The city of Pula, located in the southwest region of the Istrian peninsula, is Istria’s administrative center since Roman times. It exists more than 3000 years and was founded on a hill Kaštel. City history began with the Romans because…
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Hvar, photo by Nina Bogdan

Where to go in Croatia – Croatian Attractions

Mali prštavci (2).jpg, Photo credit by NP Plitvice lakes It is difficult to single out „Where to go in Croatia“ because it is a country with an extremely rich cultural heritage, a long tradition of customs with lots of destinations,…
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OMELETTE EGGS WITH ASPARAGUS

Ingridients: 1 bunch wild asparagus,1 red onion or 3 young onions,cca 50 g Istrian pancetta,2 tablespoon olive oil,4 eggs,pinch of salt,pinch of pepper Preparation: Break soft asparagus parts into smaller pieces, rinse, drain and leave to dry. Onion and pancetta…
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BEAN SOUP

Ingridients: 800 g Borlotti beans,200-250 g carrot,150-200 g celery root,parsley,salt,pepper,minced sweet and spiced red pepper,3 dry laurel leaves,2 sausages,dried pork rib,prosciutto or bacon,a piece of bone (provides excellent flavor),tomato sauce,olive oil Preparation: Pick quality Borlotti beans and leave to soak…
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