• Istria

    The three coloured peninsular

    The white of the limestone, the yellow of the clay and the red of the earth of the southernmost part, the Istrian peninsula, surrounded by clear water with several small islands, is located between the Gulf of Trieste, the Dinaric Alps and the Gulf of Kvarner. It is considered by those in the know as one of the best tourist destinations in the world, combining the beauty of the countryside with the cities of art, and can be visited throughout the year thanks to the mild and typically Mediterranean climate.

    Most of the peninsular is in Croatia although a small part, which includes the coastal towns of Ankaran, Izola, Portorož, Piran and Koper, is in Slovenia and another part, roughly limited to the territories of the town of Muggia and San Dorligo della Valle is located in the Italian territory. It has a rich and interesting history that can be seen through the architecture and monuments, but also appreciated via the cuisine that draws from all its regions.

    It is divided in seven regions: Umag/Novigrad, Porec, Vrsar/Funtana, Rovinj, Pula/Medulin, Labin/Rabac and Central Istria. The coastline is 469.5 km long, with a sea known to be one of the most beautiful and cleanest in the world, with no less than 44 beach resorts being awarded the Blue Flag in 2016, for their commitment to the environment and the services offered.

    The numbers relating to the protected natural areas will also make your head spin, with the National Park of the Brijuni islands, the archipelago, which is located on the south west part of Istria in the immediate vicinity of Pula. It is made up of 14 islands covering 736 hectares, offering a unique spectacle of nature, which combines in the same place magnificent animal species and a rich collection of rare flora. A land that should be seen by sea, including hidden coves in the shade of the pine trees, exploring tiny strips of sand, and then moving on to the dreamy cities of Rovinj, with its narrow streets and small fishermen’s ports, to find the true spirit of the Mediterranean. All the cities in Istria have records of a continuous human presence dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages with 400 ruins of forts. On the coast, much of the population is characterized by the Venetian culture, even if the Serenissima never conquered Istria in its entirety.

    Istria is also popular with gourmets. In addition to the excellent oil and wines, truffles grow abundantly in the central part, more precisely near the little village of Livade, and in the town of Oprtalj Buzet. Buzet even has the nickname of the City of Truffles. In short, there are no shortage of attractions, both for those who love sports and for those who think that a holiday should be a time of absolute laziness. Istria offers both.

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