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Istria

Istria is the largest green oasis of the Northern Adriatic and the largest Croatian peninsula surrounded by crystal clear blue sea.

Cut by the 45th parallel, sitting half way between the Equator and the North Pole, Istria enjoys an ideal geographic and temperature position in the northern hemisphere.

Located in the Northern Adriatic, the Istrian peninsula is the closest Mediterranean destination to most of the Central European countries.

Istria is famous for its cuisine, rich with traditional flavors reflecting the historical, geographic and climatic characteristics of the peninsula. The interior of Istria hides many taverns and wine cellars where you can experience the authentic atmosphere and taste traditional local dishes complemented by local wines such as Malvasia (white), Teran and Refošk (red), or Istrian Muscat (a famous dessert wine).

Olive has been an important determinant of Istria since the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Istrian olive oils are considered some of the best in the world, and they can be tasted in the finest mills and taverns across the peninsula.

Important cities and municipalities in Istria are:

  • Pula
  • Pazin
  • Poreč
  • Rovinj
  • Opatija
  • Umag
  • Novigrad
  • Labin
  • Buzet
  • Motovun

General information

The climate is mild, Mediterranean, with warm and dry summers and mild and pleasant winters. It has an average of 2,338 sunny hours per year, and 10 hours of sun per day during the summer. The average air temperature during the coldest part of the year is 6°C and 30°C during the warmest. The lowest sea temperatures are recorded in March, with an average of 9°C, while the highest temperatures are recorded in August, reaching up to 25°C. With an average of 2,000 hours of sun, the blue summer skies sometime last for several months (from April to October) without interruption in western Istria. Most beaches in Istria are rocky, stone, pebble, and in certain locations, sandy with lush Mediterranean vegetation reaching down to the sea, the perfect basis for your holidays in Istria.

Population: 206,400
Area: 2,820 km2
Coastline: 445 km (a well-indented coast, twice as long as the road)
Vegetation: pine forests (35% of area)

Water temperature:
March (9,3 °C to 11,1 °C)
August (23,3 °C to 24,1 °C)
Salinity: an average of 36 to 38 pro mille
Rivers: Mirna, Dragonja, Raša
Climate: Mediterranean climate
January (5 °C to 9°C)
August (22 °C to 25 °C)

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