Welcome to Istria, central
Europe’s closest Mediterranean. This
miniature heart-shaped world and the
largest peninsula of the Adriatic
Sea lies on the 45th parallel
emphasizing its idyllic geographical
position with perfectly arranged
seasons - lush greenery springs,
colorful autumns, pleasant summers
and mild winters ...
Istria, with a mix of dreamy
destinations it is impossible to
describe Istria in just one
sentence. Comparisons are inevitably
drawn between Istria and Tuscany
and, as recently as 1945, Istria was
ruled by Italian masters - as a
result, many Istrians speak the
Yet Italy is just one part of the
historical fabric here, and few
places in Europe can boast such a
wide range of influences within such
a small region.Traces of Roman
architecture rub shoulders with the
Gothic, the Renaissance and the
Slavs,Venetians, ancient Greeks and
the Austro-Hungarians have all left
their imprint in the fertile soil.
The Venetians maintained a presence
on the coast for the best part of
500 years and homes here are painted
in elegant time-worn shades of
ochre, umber and terracotta.
Rovinj is an immensely picturesque
and atmospheric scramble of Venetian
stone houses, narrow stone-flagged
alleyways and hidden courtyards, all
perched on an egg-shaped peninsula.
Myth maintains that the Argonauts
founded Pula on the southern tip of
the Istrian peninsula at the end of
their voyage, but the Roman
influence is certain with the town
boasting well-preserved walls,
arches, mosaics and an almost intact
amphitheatre. The green interior
boasts a handful of delightful,
medieval hilltop towns.
The westernmost county of the Republic
of Croatia.The largest peninsula of the
2.820 km2 (triangle Dragonja, Kamenjak,
445 km (well-indented coast is twice as
long as the road one)
The western coast of Istria is 242,5 km
long, with island 327,5 km.
The eastern coast of Istria is 202 km
long with the pertaining islets 212 km.
The lowest sea temperature is in March
ranging from 9,3°C up to 11,1°C.
The highest sea temperature is in August
when it reaches 23,3°C and 24,1°C.
Mirna, Dragonja and Raša
Istria is the largest green oasis of the
North Adriatic. The coast and the
islands are covered with pine woods and
easily recognizable green macchia. The
main specimens of macchia are holm oak
and strawberry trees. 35% of Istria is
covered with forests.