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You can take in the variety of stunning views of Istria, from the white-topped mountains, swaying green fields, plateaus and valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, to the deep blue sea.

As you get acquainted with Istria, it will strike you with every detail, church facades and portals, baladuri (stairs with a terrace), village alleys with so called korti (forecourts), the bubbling of a stream and the glade of blossoming cherries. Everything and everybody here is friendly and intimate, the nature and people.
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Green Istria

We invite you to discover the most hidden charms, secret treasure troves or private nooks. Come and visit therefore, the inland heart of Istria, the region of dreams and reality. You will be thrilled by its beauty and peace; it will present you with antiquities, invigorate you with the age-long strength that one feels when in touch with nature and its boons. Towns and its people will bid you always welcome and let you share in the virtue of the spirit and the times long gone.

Welcome to the land of history, beauty and vitality!


The most famous and important monument

The amphitheatre is the most famous and the most significant monument in Pula, once used for gladiator fights, whereas today it is a place where every tour begins and ends.
The construction began in the first century under the reign of Emperor Vespasian, around the same time frame as the construction of the biggest and the most known monument of this kind, the Colosseum in Rome.
The elliptical amphitheatre with the longer axis of 130m and the shorter one about 100 m long, was constructed in local limestone. The central part (arena) is a flat area. In the Roman times spectators would sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. 20,000 spectators could watch gladiator fights.
In the Middle Ages the amphitheatre was the site of knights tournaments and fairs. Nowadays it can seat about 5,000 spectators and it is used to host a variety of summer cultural events- film and horse festivals, opera, concerts, etc.

Brijuni Islands

National park Brijuni

Brijuni is an attractive group of islands opposite the west coast of Istria, whose the most beautiful part was given the status of a National Park in 1983.
The Brijuni archipelago is separated from the mainland (Pula 6km) by the Fažana Channel with a regular daily boat service from the port of Fažana.
The group of islands consists of 2 larger ones, Veliki (Big) Brijun and Mali (Little) Brijun and 13 smaller, exceptionally indented islands that have been inhabited since prehistoric times.
Brijuni Islands are well known for their mild Mediterranean climate and lush vegetation. The National Park area is planted with tropical plants that form especially maintained gardens, parks and public gardens.
The safari park and the zoological garden where the animals walk freely around the island are a must.
A range of sports activities are offered on the island: riding, golf, tennis, sailing, wind surfing, bike and boat hire.
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Free Climbing

Nine climbing routes have been recorded in Istria: Zlatni rt (near Rovinj), the Lim channel, Dvigrad, Istarske toplice, Raspadalica (near Buzeta), Vranjska draga (near the Učka tunnel), Potom (near Pazin), Mošćenička draga, Vintijana (near Pula and Rabac).
There are 20-30m high crags with 270 routes. Both beginners and experts can tire themselves out climbing the rocks offering a collection of problems (obstacles).
Beside the beautiful and preserved nature, freeclimbers especially appreciate the south- facing crags so climbers can wear light clothing even on cooler days.

The land of a golden truffle

Truffles are unusual tuberous fungi that develop underground. A strongly-flavoured, rare and expensive fungal fruiting body that grows in the fertile ground in Istria is a real culinary delicacy. Istrian white truffle is held in high esteem.
Culinarians agree that truffles represent the ultimate gastronomic experience. Especially trained dogs are used for hunting this “strange”, mysterious fungus.

Istria, our heart- shaped peninsula, is divided according to its soil- dark red (on the coast), grey (in the inner part of Istria) and white. Truffles grow in the grey (clayish and rich soil) and the moist Motovun forest along the Mirna river which is the dwelling place of the underground mushrooms.

This strange potato is the best-known aphrodisiac and although it has a strong and unpleasant odour, once you have tried it you will be addicted to it.



According to many, Oprtalj is one of the most picturesque towns of southern Istria. It is located on a hill and it can be reached from the direction Motovun. Oprtalj, known as Portole in Italian, was once a fort. Part of the original fortifications is now incorporated into houses built into the town walls and so is the town door which can barely be seen. Opposite the gate there is a big Venetian loggia with the collection of stone monuments and a plateau on the town walls with stunning views to the sea.

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Euphrasian Basilica

The town of Poreč on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica complex built during the period of Bishop Euphrasius. The cultural monument consists of an atrium, baptistery, episcopal palace, mosaic remains and sacral objects dating from the 3rd to 5th century. The mosaics are well preserved and comparable only with those in Ravenna (Italy). The phases of building, adaptation and restoration can easily be understood due to the floor mosaics and preserved inscriptions.

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Parenzana once was a 123 km long narrow railway line connecting 33 Istrian towns, from Trieste (Italy) to Poreč. If it were in function today, it would run through three different countries. Its building started in 1900 and it was finished two years later. The project would even be considered huge if it were to be carried out today. In August 1935 it was the last time in use. The engines and carriages were sold out, whereas the tracks were taken off.
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