Surrounded on three sides by crystal clear sea, the Istrian peninsula encloses the many different aspects of the Mediterranean: nature, culture, art, gastronomy, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Located between the Gulf of Trieste, the Dinaric Alps and Kvarner Bay, it is typified by three colours: the white of the limestone rocks, the yellow clay and the red earth of the southern part.
The coastline is 469.5 km long, with a sea known to be one of the most beautiful and cleanest in the world, with no less than 44 beach resorts being awarded the Blue Flag in 2016, for their commitment to the environment and the services offered.
Most of the peninsular is in Croatia although a small part, which includes the coastal towns of Ankaran, Izola, Portorož, Piran and Koper, is in Slovenia and another part, roughly limited to the territories of the town of Muggia and San Dorligo della Valle is located in the Italian territory.
It is divided in seven regions: Umag/Novigrad, Porec, Vrsar/Funtana, Rovinj, Pula/Medulin, Labin/Rabac and Central Istria. The land has a rich and interesting history that can be seen in the architecture, ranging from over 400 ruins of castles from the bronze and iron age, to forts and palaces in Venetian style.
The zone also has many nature parks, including the National Park of the islands of Brijuni, the archipelago, that is to the south west of Istria close to Pula: the 14 islands, covering 736 hectares, offer an amazing wildlife experience, combining magnificent species of animals and rare flora.
A land that should be seen by sea, including hidden coves in the shade of the pine trees, exploring tiny strips of sand, and then moving on to the dreamy cities of Rovinj, with its narrow streets and small fishermen’s ports, to find the true spirit of the Mediterranean.
Istria is also popular with gourmets. In addition to the excellent oil and wines, truffles grow abundantly in the central part, more precisely near the little village of Livade, and in the town of Oprtalj Buzet. Buzet even has the nickname of the City of Truffles.
There is something for every traveller whether enjoying sport or the local cuisine. Book your berth now!