ISTRIA

Divided into red, gray and white Istria (based on the colour of the soil), this triangular peninsula in the northwest corner of Croatia has its own gastronomy, world-class olive oils and wines and pebbly beaches aplenty.

Grožnjan
Grožnjan
2 820
square kilometers
537
km of coastline
>200 000
inhabitants

Istria feels separate from the rest of Croatia. Christened "Terra Magica” by the Romans, this triangular peninsula was Italian until the World War II. Istria has its own celebrated gastronomy, its own wines and world class olive oils. The joy of Istria is never far and inland is every bit as beautiful as the coast.

The road network is good, but the public transport is somewhat limited. If you have time to hire a car or drive down to Istria, you will be awarded by villages weird and wonderful, Roman cities and lush nature.

What to visit in Istria read here.



Umag


Fun Facts About Istria

1

Pula amphitheater is one of the three such amphitheaters preserved in the world and the 6th largest amphitheater in existence.

2

Istria is known for its truffles that compare with the best Italian and French truffles. The largest white truffle found weighed 1.31 kg and was discovered by Giancarlo Zigante near Buje.

3

There is a leaning tower in Istria too, at Završje, whose belfry is 22 meters high and tilted 40 cm to the north.

4

James Joyce used to teach English in Pula in the early 20th century.

5

Hum, in Istria, is the smallest town in the world.

6

Church in the city of Vodnjan is a home to mysterious European mummies.

7

Only dinosaur bones found on the Mediterranean coast are in Istria.

8

Jules Verne stayed in Pazin and wrote one of his novels about Pazinska Jama.

9

In 2018, for the third year in a row, Istria has been declared the Best Olive Oil Region in the World.

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