Istria is a unique destination full of breathtaking, green, and hilly landscapes with numerous vineyards, olive groves and soil which hides the famous Istrian truffles. A beautiful, indented coastline with crystal-clear water and scenic medieval towns that make the inland as charming as its coast.
Get to know Istria
A green oasis and the largest peninsula of the Adriatic where you can spend unforgettable moments both along the 445 km long coast or inland, which, apart from endless vineyards and olive groves, also boasts prized truffles which can be found in dense forests. On the west coast of Istria, we invite you to explore the pristine nature of Lim Bay, with Rovinj, the most romantic town in the Mediterranean, just a stone’s throw away to the south.
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.
Visit the Roman Amphitheater in Pula
Visit the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč
Scuba dive to the Barun Gautsch near Rovinj
Visit the Cathedral of St. Euphemia in Rovinj
Visit the Cathedral in Pula
Lim Bay, Rovinj
Walls of Motovun
Hum - the smallest city in the world
The Brijuni islands
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 promille
- Rivers: Mirna, Dragonja, Raša
- Climate: Mediterranean climate
- January (5 °C to 9°C)
- August (22 °C to 25 °C)