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Escape to Istria
An idyllic peninsula where the coast is always near and the interior verdent and unspoilt, Istria is frequently touted as the new Tuscany. With its quaint hilltop towns and gourmet food and wine, it’s easy to see why. The heavenly beaches are Istria’s main draw though and its coastal towns make appealing bases for sun-and-beach seekers. With the shimmering Adriatic, lush vine-covered valleys and superlative cuisine, its pleasures are plentiful.
A Brief History
Istria’s history is complex. In the last century alone, it has been part of Yugoslavia, Italy and the Austrian Empire. Prior to this, rulers including Napoleon, the Venetians and the Romans, have all laid claim to the coveted peninsula. As a result, modern-day Istria is something of a cultural mash-up, with diverse and fascinating architecture, and a distinct and delicious cuisine.
Kvarner is the perfect place to loll away blissful hours on hidden beaches and coves. Besides sun, sea and beaches, Kvarner also offers outdoor activities, secluded islands and a diverse range of towns and villages. Explore the bustling port city of Rijeka or hike in the protected forests of Učka Nature Park. See the belle époque architecture of chic Opatija or take an island-hopping excursion out on the gulf where you’ll find superb beaches and unusual wildlife, including rare griffon vultures.
Coastal Towns and Hilltop Villages
Inspect the Roman relics in pretty Pula, which is home to a 2,000-year-old amphitheatre and a well-preserved triumphal arch. Visit Porec, a charming coastal settlement where elegant palaces and architecture tells of the splendours of its Venetian past. Beyond the coast in the peninsula’s interior, you’re more likely to stumble across medieval hilltop settlements and quaint wine villages, such as Motovun, located in the heart of truffle territory.
Croatia’s Gastronomic Heart
Istria is Croatia’s gastronomic powerhouse and the fertile valleys of its wooded interior produce all kinds of gourmet delights. The emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced produce. Be sure to try the homegrown and homemade specialities, including the famous Istrian white truffles, chestnuts, olive oil, cheeses and cured meats. Wash it all down with a glass of Istria’s pride and joy: a floral white wine called Malvasia.
If all that talk of fine wine, fine beaches and fine food has you salivating, then take a look at our custom-made holidays to blissful Istria.