Is Croatia a beautiful place to vacation

Istria Tips: The most beautiful places on the Croatian coast

With my Istria tips for your trip to Croatia you are well prepared for your next vacation! Every region is worth a trip: crystal clear water in the turquoise blue sea, picturesque bays, species-rich national parks and nature reserves, impressive historical architecture and numerous islands that want to be explored *. With my Istria * tips you are guaranteed to get the best out of your trip.

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getting there

Croatia is divided into three different regions: the Istria region in the west of the country, the Kvarner Bay in the center and the Dalmatia region in the south. If you travel by plane, you will reach each region via one of the eight airports in Croatia. With the exception of the airport on Brač, all destinations are served by direct flights from Germany. You can find cheap flights to Croatia here. Those who prefer to travel by car can take a vacation in Istria due to the favorable location. An overview of all regions of Croatia and the most beautiful cities and beaches can be found here.

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by plane

The airport in Istria is located in the south of the peninsula in Pula - the flight time is about one to 1.5 hours. Since Istria is comparatively small, you can reach almost any destination on the peninsula from there in a maximum of 1.5 hours. Transfer buses run every 30 minutes from Pula to Umag, Rovinj, Poreč, Novigrad, Rabac, Medulin and Fazana.

by car

If you live in the south of Germany, you can reach Istria in around eight hours by car. Since you have to drive through both Austria and Slovenia, a car toll is due for this. You can get these at the petrol stations in front of the respective border crossings. Traveling by car is particularly useful if you want to be flexible. Just pack your sunglasses * and off you go.

The most beautiful places in Istria

Above all, Istria impresses with its versatility. Here you can spend a relaxed beach holiday on one of the dream beaches, a wild party weekend or a city trip steeped in history. In the following you will find out which region in Istria suits you best.


Anyone walking through the narrow, labyrinthine streets of Rovinj could forget for a moment that they are in Croatia: the romantic old town bears witness to the city's Venetian era. Numerous historical and architectural sights *, Cafes and restaurants invite you to marvel and linger. Rovinj is a place where you can just stroll through the city without any problems. The symbol of the city, the Church of Sv. Eufemija, rises like a sovereign over the old town. The region's beaches stretch along the 67 kilometer long Riveria, along which both busy beaches as well as lonely bays can be found. The nightlife in Rovinj offers a varied program of live music, club visits and bars.

Rovinj tips

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Poreč is located in the north-west of Istria and has received several awards in the past for its excellent and varied tourist offer. Numerous restaurants and cafes, beautiful beaches and a multitude of cultural sights * as well as sporting activities and clubs leave you wanting for nothing. The majority of the beaches have been awarded the “Blue Flag”, which at excellent water quality is awarded. Poreč's appearance is also impressive: the picturesque town lies on a promontory that juts out into the open sea. A walk through the small and winding streets of the city lead to the cultural sights the city such as the Euphrasia Basilica, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old fortress walls or the Freedom Square, where festivals and other events take place regularly. The free time activities range from water sports such as jet skiing, surfing and aqua parks to hiking to climbing and go carting. The party scene also leaves nothing to be desired! Poreč is considered to be that Party metropolis of Istria. No wonder: Croatia's largest discotheque, Byblos, is located here and attracts great DJs from all over the world.

Poreč tips

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Pula is the one biggest town Istria and a place where the Roman history of Croatia is visible to this day: That amphitheater is the sixth largest of its kind, held 23,000 seats for its wedding and was mainly used for staging gladiator fights. Cultural events still take place in the 1,000-year-old walls, even if they don't have much in common with the original bloodshed. Up to 5,000 people can attend the events taking place there such as the Pula Film Festival, theater and opera performances and concerts. In the catacombs of the arena there is now a museumwhich introduces the history of viticulture in Roman times.

These are further unmistakable indications of the Roman era Forum, the Triumphal arch and the August temple. In antiquity and in the Middle Ages, the forum was the linchpin of public life. With the numerous cafes, bars, restaurants and cultural events, it has kept this function to this day. When darkness falls over Pula *, you can witness an imposing play of light off the coast. The glowing giants are a light installation designed by the artist Dean Skira in 2014. The cranes of the 158 year old “Uljanik” shipyard are illuminated in beautiful colors and variations for 15 minutes every hour on the hour. Definitely worth a visit here.

Pula tips

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The former fishing village on the southern tip of Istria is only a stone's throw away from Pula. Anyone accommodation away from the hustle and bustle and his vacation primarily on beaches with crystal clear water and in abandoned Would like to spend bays, is in very good hands here. For a sightseeing * tour, you can easily take a day trip to Pula, ten kilometers away. Extra tip: Medulin offers a number of wonderful camping sites. If you want to be woken up in the morning by the sound of the sea and enjoy your coffee with a view of the rushing water, I recommend accommodation on a camping site. Almost all camping sites now also offer so-called mobile homes, so that you do not need your own van. Action offer diving, windsurfing and kite surfing, (pedal) boating and the Luna and Family Park amusement parks, where rides and the like are waiting for you.

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The former fishing village has become one in recent years romantic resort blossomed and is now one of the most popular places in Istria. Those who like to eat well on vacation and want to be pampered by the culinary delights of a country will love Rabac. The gastronomic offer along the picturesque waterfront is huge and offers plenty of grilled fish. For young and old wine connoisseurs, Rabac also offers wine from the regional growing areas. The predominant pebble beaches offer a wide range of sports and leisure activities. For a day trip to the opposite Cres island First drive 30 minutes to Brestova and then take the ferry to Porozina on Cres.

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