Welcome to Istria – the region of the finest olives
Olive oil in Istria is always regarded with a deep feeling of reverence and an understanding that the finest olive oil could not be produced here without the interplay of the microclimate, soil quality, care and attention, and a thousand-year-old tradition. For an authentic experience, taste the best Istrian olive oils in taverns owned by famous oil makers, who will tell you all about the rules of pairing different varieties of olive oil with well-known delicacies
The tradition of olive growing in Istria is more than two thousand years long, ever since the ancient Romans realised that Istria had the perfect conditions for olive trees to thrive in. Testimonies to the fact are the many sites of mills and presses from the ages of classical antiquity, as well as the many amphorae used to store and transport the oil.
Since then, Istria has grown into a true olive-growing region with global relevance. Many olive makers from Istria have been awarded the most prestigious prizes for their oils in numerous international competitions. No fewer than six times, the influential Flos Olei magazine pronounced Istria as the world’s best region for olive growing.
There are many olive varieties in Istria. The imported ones include Leccino and Pendolino, while some of the best-known authentic varieties are Buža, Istarska Bjelica, Crnica, Oblica and Rošinjola. Each of these varieties results in olive oil that has its own unique story – some are gentle and so subtle that you’ll keep wanting more and more, while some are so pungent that just a few drops are enough.
Olive oil is the main ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine. A drop of good-quality olive oil elevates the flavour of many delicacies, but be careful when you use it – mild oils pair well with fish and salads, whereas the more pungent ones work better with meat, stews and spicy dishes. Did you know that some oils pair perfectly with desserts, like the authentic sort Oblica?
Join us on our visit to the carefully selected and world-renowned oil mills and try the world’s best olive oils with soft home-made bread, guided by professionals who will tell you all about the rules of pairing different varieties of olive oil with well-known delicacies.
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Holidays in Istria
The modern rooms are located right by the sea, ascending along a gentle slope with a beautiful view of the 18 islands of the Vrsar archipelago. In just a few minutes of easy walking along the seafront promenade, you will reach the centre of Vrsar, or explore the surroundings by bike. You can relax and have fun on the natural beaches or at the large swimming pool with a water slide in the centre of the resort.
Enjoying sweeping views of the sea and the islands of the Rovinj archipelago from our modern suites, followed by breakfast in the historic villa – can you think of a better way to start your day? To top it off, treat yourself with a visit to Island Wellness & Spa for maximum relaxation. With miles of promenades and beaches as well as restaurants and bars, this is one place you will want to come back and visit again.
Camp at this top-quality resort with the natural beaches in the shade of fragrant pine trees overlooking Rovinj and enjoy all the amenities on offer. Choose from spacious pitches with electricity, water and drainage hook-ups, comfortable mobile homes with private terraces, and 20 glamping tents. There are also three outdoor swimming pools by the sea and restaurants and bars for refreshment. A fantastic animation programme for children and teenagers, as well as an excellent choice of land sports and water sports, will make your holiday at this campsite fulfilling and revitalising.
Koversada Naturist Park is located at the entrance to the beautiful Lim Bay, surrounded by the typical Mediterranean landscape, the sea, and natural beaches. This campsite with the longest naturist tradition in Europe is a relaxing paradise in the heart of pristine nature, offering a variety of accommodation choices: from camping places and pitches, comfortable mobile homes, tents on the Koversada car-free island, to rooms and suites in bungalows. Explore the local flavours of Istria in our restaurants and bars and enjoy an active holiday with our sports activities and entertainment.
Maistra’s largest campsite, Polari, is located in a serene bay near the town of Rovinj, where you can wake up surrounded by the sea, centuries-old olive trees, rows of cypresses and fragrant pine forest. The campsite features numerous sports and entertainment activities for the whole family, a large pool complex and spray park, natural beaches, as well as bars and restaurants for quick refreshment during the day or dinner savouring the local specialities. Rovinj is only 3.5 km away and can be reached by bike or on foot along the coastal cycling and walking trail.
If you ever feel like spending time in Istria, Porto Sole Campsite is open throughout the year. You can stay at the pitches by the sea or in mobile homes embodying the special ambience of a winter holiday surrounded by nature. Explore the charming town of Vrsar, not far from the camp, or roam around the beautiful nature cycling the attractive trails nearby. Alongside the diving club and the outdoor fitness zone, the campsite offers a wide range of sports amenities by the natural beaches and pools.
Valkanela Campsite is situated in a beautiful bay with a view of Vrsar and the islands. Here you can find a unique offer of amenities and entertainment for the greatest family holiday. Choose from accommodation on well-positioned spacious pitches or in comfortable mobile homes with a shared pool or private hydro-massage bathtub on the terrace. The campsite features attractive natural beaches, a pool complex, and restaurants and bars right by the sea and the pools.
Visit the campsite situated in a peaceful bay with the most beautiful pebbled beach, just five kilometres from Rovinj. Choose from well-equipped pitches up to 140 sq. metres in size and comfortable mobile homes with a terrace. Alongside diving, an aqua park and an array of water sports, the campsite also offers a large swimming pool complex and a spray park. The attractive locations by the beach and the pools feature restaurants and bars serving local specialities and your favourite beverages.
You will find endless adventures and exploration opportunities as soon as you set foot in the most modern family hotel in Croatia. Family Hotel Amarin is located on a green peninsula in a Mediterranean park with playgrounds for outdoor entertainment. Most of the 280 rooms offer great views of the sea or the town of Rovinj. Explore the beaches around the hotel, check out the fun and educational programmes of the unique Amarin Kids Club, and try the spa treatments for children and adults.
The Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is a holiday experience that comes to life with great ease. It is harmoniously situated on Rovinj’s east shore, serving remarkable vistas of the Old town and a revitalising wellness & spa experience. The Grand Park hides many small pleasures. Take enough time to discover them.
This chic boutique hotel is located in Rovinj’s historic centre and is entirely inspired by art. Every part of the hotel is decorated with art by Croatian artists made exclusively for the hotel. And if you feel inspired to create a piece of your own, the view of Rovinj’s rooftops from your room is an excellent motif with which to start.
A one-of-a-kind hotel with a charming vibe and a long history hidden beneath the shade of a century-old forest park. Eden is a refreshing, peaceful oasis for both families and active guests and is particularly popular among those who enjoy active holiday.
Hotel Lone, the first Croatian member of the lifestyle brand Design Hotels™, offers a unique blend of premium beauty, style, and design. One-of-a-kind shape and architecture that are as intriguing on the outside as they are inspiring on the inside. Just as we want you to be and feel after staying in Lone.
A private, relaxing holiday amid vegetation above the beach. Golden mornings on the terrace overlooking Lone Bay and cosy evenings in the fresh and green gardens. Meet Monte Mulini, a boutique experience that will revitalise you in a hedonistic fashion.
Located on top of a hill in the stone pine forest after which it is named, Pineta Hotel offers a unique view of the old town of Vrsar, the Adriatic Sea, and the surrounding islands. With numerous bike trails in the area, the hotel is well equipped for cyclists. Fans of active holidays can also enjoy trekking, tennis, diving, swimming, and other sports in the area. In parallel with your active holiday, take a break in the intimate atmosphere of the Wellness & Spa centre.
Island Hotel Istra, located on the island of St Andrew, has everything you need for a relaxing holiday: miles of beaches and promenades, a swimming pool complex, and a Wellness & Spa oasis with a Mediterranean garden. La Serra Restaurant, Anno Domini 547, located in the same building which was once Baron Hütterott’s summer residence, offers a modern take on traditional Mediterranean specialities.