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Along with the fact that it is a multicultural and multi-lingual environment, the uniqueness of Istra lies in the fact that so much diversity is so harmoniously intertwined in such a small place: rich cultural-historical heritage with modern architecture and art; untouched beaches and clean sea with picturesque towns and natural beauty in the interior, luxuriously decorated hotels and villas with warm village rural tourisms, healthy Mediterranean seafood cuisine with autochthonous Istrian specialties.

In Istria region you must...

Must see: Arena, Euphrasian Basilica, Brijuni archipelago, Cape Kamenjak
Must visit: film festival Pula and Motovun, Festival of dance Svetvinčenat
Must feel: diving around wrecks, cliff climbing, bike riding around cycling trails
Must taste: truffles, Istarian pršut, maneštra (vegetable stew), supa (traditional Istrian soup), top class wines
Must hear: jazz concerts around Istra, pop-rock concerts in the Arena

Why visit Istria?

Istra is close. If Croatia is the heart of Europe, for heart-like Istra it can be said that it opens the gates of the Mediterranean to Europeans. Trst and Ljubljana are practically at its doorstep, even Graz isn’t far away, it’s only about 500 or so kilometres from Milan or Vienna and about 600 kilometres away from Munich. The airport in Pula connects Istra with the whole of Europe.

Cultural and historical heritage

Evidence has been found of the existence of prehistoric people from the Palaeolithic era in the Istrian caves, while more than 400 hill-forts bear witness to the high population density of Istra in the bronze and iron ages. The Romans are credited with the first urbanisation of Istra: fascinating monuments speak to us of this time. Even the rule of Byzantium in Istra has left a strong imprint – Euphrasian Basilica is one of the most beautiful early Byzantine churches in Europe. The interior of Istra is rich with medieval towns and forts on hill tops, while numerous churches keep watch over their old medieval frescos.

Natural heritage - flora and fauna

Istra has succeeded in preserving a clean environment and balanced space. The largest Croatian peninsula abounds with untouched green oases and romantic coves, however it also conceals within itself many undiscovered corners. By the sea grassy, pebbly, rocky and stone slate beaches, while the shade of the pines often extends to the sea. In the interior, river tributaries, lakes, waterfalls, precipices, caves, luxuriant forests rich with wild fruits, hills and mountain plains…The animal world is also diverse and so too is the underwater and terrestrial world.

Active tourism

The Istrian mild climate and alluring landscape offer an abundance of opportunities for sports and recreational activities throughout the whole year, both out in the fresh air but also in indoors in closed sports halls. Alongside hotels there are usually well equipped sports terrains, while on the beaches there are centres for water sports and the central Istrian wilderness is favourable for adventure and extreme sports.

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