The Istrian Peninsula, with its olive groves and vineyards, is one of the most beautiful parts of Croatia. The Romans called Istria terra magica, (magical land) and today you can feel the strong Italian influences in the architecture and food. Exploring the rural landscape you can discover Roman ruins, medieval fortified towns, and Venetian inspired coastal towns. Motovun is one of the medieval hilltop towns that once dotted the peninsula, and the nearby village of Livade is famous for being one of the best-known truffle regions in Europe.
Istria is considered to be the foodie center of Croatia and has more than 20 Michelin-rated restaurants in three categories: Bib Gourmand, Michelin Plate, and Michelin Star. These range from simple local konobas (taverns) to upscale restaurants, all making the most of the outstanding local produce.
One of the best things to do in Istria is to explore its culinary delights. Spend an afternoon with our truffle hunter and his expert dogs as together you discover the hidden delicacy. Sample the best olive oil and wines in the country, or get hands-on and learn to make pasta.
Transport yourself to medieval times and learn the secrets of fresco painting by creating your own unique fresco in a tiny fortress town.
Get active: enjoy biking and hiking, take a private boat for the day down the Lim Channel, or visit the Brijuni National park.
World Class Hotels
Some of the finest hotels in Croatia are located in Istria.
For those that are looking for a Tuscan feel, the San Canzian is an excellent choice. It’s the perfect inland Istrian location for exploring the local cuisine and viticulture. Its location puts guests close to many of the best restaurants and wineries.
For those that prefer a coastal location, the Grand Park Hotel in Rovinj has spectacular views of the Venetian-style town. The hotel is bold and modern with cascading greenery camouflaging the building. It is also home to the Agli Amici restaurant which has a coveted Michelin star.
The Villa Meneghetti, part of Relais & Chateaux, is 30 minutes from Rovinj and a good option for families that want a villa setting. The resort has four three-bedroom villas and two one-bedroom villas with private pools in addition to individual rooms and residences.
Extend to Dalmatia
The Dalmatian coast is the country’s most well-known region, stretching from Dubrovnik, all the way to Split, in the middle of the coast. Why not consider combining Istria and Dalmatia for a longer journey?
We are experts in customized trips and these are simply ideas that showcase the region. You can rely on us to take care of every detail, from expedited fast track arrival at the airport, selecting your private drivers and guides, and making advance alfresco lunch and dinner reservations in restaurants chosen by you from our hand-picked recommendations.
For more details about any of our destinations, contact us: 800.633.1008 or 813.251.5355 or email.