Sightseeing in Pula Pula is well-known for its magnificent monuments from Roman era, when it was a colony known as Pietas Julia. It became an episcopal seat in 425 and still has the foundations of some 5th-century religious buildings. It was destroyed by the Ostrogoths, but flourished again when it became the main Byzantine fleet [...]
Rijeka- Given all the wonderful old port towns and island communities to explore, it’s difficult to sell Rijeka as a tourist destination, but the central core has some excellent 18th and 19th century buildings, and there’s medieval hilltop citadel worth of exploration.
Opatija- This gracious town attracted the upper echelons of the Austrian empire, who were keen to follow the new fashion for holidays. Regular visits by Austrian royals cemented Opatija’s reputation with the Habsburg ‘beau monde’. In the warm summer months, you will be greeted by the clean sea, nice beaches and good entertainment, while in [...]
Lovran – is the oldest town on the socalled ‘Opatija Riviera’. It was an importnat maritime port during the 12th century, later becoming part of the Pazin feudal domain. Take a look at Lovran’s hotel ideal for business meetings or find out more about its luxurious hotel villa. Take a look to a short video [...]
Crikvenica – A major tourist resort on the Kvarner mainland, Crikvenica was the site of an important Pauline monastery housed in a castle built by Croatian Ban (Duke) Nikola Frankopan in early 15th century.
Motovun An old legend states that long ago giants lived in the valley of the River Mirna. They were so big that they could, looking at the towns on the hillsides above Mirna, hand each other tools and big rocks. One of the towns that were built by the giants during this legendary time was [...]
Vrsar (Orsera) – set on small coastal knoll just north of mouth of the Limski Canal, Vrsar overlooks several bays that have been settled sence Illyrian times. Vrsar’s old town center offers a beautiful view of an archipelago comprised of a large number of islets. The sports airfield in Vrsar is the gateway to the [...]
Vodnjan (Dignano) – Ten kilometres from Pula lies Vodnjan. Vodnjan is setting for the tallest church in Istria, the 18th century Sv. Blaža (Church of St Blaise), modelled on the church of San Pietro in Castello in Venice. Among other holy relics, Church of St. Blasius houses the mummified bodies of saints. In the month [...]
Umag (Umago) – Pleasing, wetern Istria’s coastal resort, Umag nonetheless has the Region’s ubiquitous old town. Located in the north-west of Istria, Umag is Croatia’s unique European entry-exit point, only 40 km from Trieste. The 18th-century Baroque Church of St. Marija dominates the old town center. Umag has been known as Istria’s sporting center for [...]
Svetvincenat – This tiny central Istrian village is dominated by a monumental Venetian citadel. Erected by German family in the medieval era, the Morisini family added a Renaissance wing to the structure in 15th century. Check out optional accommodation
Rovinj (Rovigno) – Rovinj is one of the Croatia’s most magical places. A dewdrop-shaped isthmus contains a fascinating old town that just oozes caracter, while the 18th century ‘new’ town presents the perfect panorama of pastel façades. Rovinj is considered by many to be the most photogenic, romantic and artistic of towns. The Baroque Church [...]
Pula (Pola) – economic ‘capital’ of Istria, and it’s largest city. Pula was important naval port into the 20th century. Its large docks now play host to commercal sea traffic. It is too much of a hotchpotch of architectural styles to be described as handsome, but its collection of Roman edifices and compact old town, [...]
Porec (Parenzo) – settled since the neolithic period, Poreč, which stands on a narrow peninsula, was an important Roman garrison Later, during the first millennium, it developed as an early Christian community and an influential bishopric. It chose Venetian rule over that of Byzantium in the 1267, the first Istrian town to do so. A [...]
Pazin – Site of Istria’s most impressive medieval fortress, and heartland of anti-venetian anti-Turk sentiments, Pazin was linked closly with the Habsburgs.
Novigrad (Cittanova) – Although the name Novigrad means new town, this settlement dates from the 7th century, when the Byzantines expanded out of the confines of the Greek and Roman boundaries to create neopolis. The old walls, with a bastion dating from the 13 th century, will intrigue lovers of historical sights. The number one [...]
Labin – Ignore the rather ugly modern outskirts of Labin, which were built for the 20th century mining community, and you’ll be rewarded by the old town. Set on a rocky knoll, with far-reaching views around upper Istria, it has been fortified since Illyrian times and was an important outpost for the Roman and the [...]
Grožnjan (Grisignana) – This tiny circular fortified hilltop village stands on a promontory high above a verdant valley. It is one of the best examples of medieval town planning in Istria. Sections of the original walls, including the 16th century original city gates, have been preserved to the present day. These now protect a thriving [...]
Fazana (Fasana) – Main jumping off point for the Brijuni islands National Park. Although Fazana was settled in ancient times, little evidence of this remained. Fazana is a fishing village and it is also a center which entertains its guests with special festivities dedicated to fish, such as the Feast of Sardines and the Feast [...]
Buje – set on hilltop inland from the west coast, Buje is on the main road from Slovenia. It is often bypassed by tourists heading to Rovinj or Poreč, but it’s certanly worth taking time out to explore the streets in the old town, once a medievel citadel.
Barban The Venetians sold the village of barban to the Loredan family in 1535. It was already fortified, but they adopted it further to suit their need, building a palace in the early 17th century. The village has recently reintroduced the medieval sport of ‘Trka na prstenac’ (Tilting at the Ring), in which riders on [...]
Istria was the heartland of ancient Illyrian territory. In the late 1st century it was ruled by many different feudal overlords before being absorbed into Venetian empire- though much later than Dalmatia. The cultural influence of Italy is stronger in Istria than anywhere else in Croatia.
Interested in visiting Istra aka Histria Istria Istra is close. If Croatia is the heart of Europe, for heart-like Istra it can be said that it opens the gates of the Mediterranean to Europeans. Trst and Ljubljana are practically at its doorstep, even Graz isn’t far away, it’s only about 500 or so kilometres from [...]