Istria is one of the most popular destinations for foreign visitors to Croatia and its towns of Umag and Porec continually top annual polls of the best holiday resorts in Croatia, as organised by the Croatian National Tourist Board and Croatian TV. With a strong Italian influence (the region in fact used to be part of Italy during the early part of the 20th century), this certainly is a beautiful region of Croatia both along the coast and inland, with its pretty hilltop towns. Rovinj is a true gem of a town, and Pula is also well-worth a visit – home to the Arena, a very well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. The one thing that Istria does lack, however, compared to more southern coastal regions are many large islands. The Brijuni group of islands (near Pula) are the exception and great for a day-trip.

Bordering Slovenia and with a maritime border with Italy, this peninsula is easy to reach from the rest of Europe and is also well-connected by air to the UK to the main airport in the region, Pula Airport.

Istria - Rovinj


For more information about Istria and its resorts, see our new special pages below:

  • Getting to Istria
    There’s a variety of options for reaching this part of Croatia, both flying direct to the region’s airport at Pula or utilising flights to nearby places in Italy.
  • Umag
    One of the smaller resorts in Istria, Umag is still popular with many holidaymakers.
  • Porec
    Istria’s most popular resort, and its also one of the most popular resorts in the whole of Croatia
  • Rovinj
    A truly lovely place, you’ll be charmed by its pretty Old Town
  • Pula
    Pula is the main town in Istria and with its numerous sights – including a very well preserved Roman amphitheatre – is well worth a visit.
  • Medulin
    A family-friend resort very close to Pula – come here to kick back and relax!
  • Cape Kamenjak
    Visiting this nature park on the southern tip of Istria – how to get there and what to see and do.
  • Events in Istria
    Information on some of region’s many annual festivals and events.
  • Day Trips in Istria
    Taking a trip to inland Istria is highly recommended – see what places we suggest you visit.
  • Day Trips from Istria
    For trips a little further afield, why not pop over the border into Slovenia, or take a catamaran across to Venice?
  • Do also see our section on the Brijuni Islands, which are located off the coast of Istria, near Pula.

Other resorts in Istria

There are numerous other lovely resorts in Istria that are worth visiting. One such place is Liznjan.

Additional Info on Istria

General information on the region of Istria can be found at the official Istria Tourism website, and Histrica.

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  • Yes, there will be plenty to keep you all entertained! Here’s a very good round up of things to do from the Istrian Tourist Board website: (particularly under ‘entertainment’).I’d also suggest day trips to Cape Kamenjak on the southern tip of Istria – it’s a great nature park that you can spend a day at, with lots of opportunity for ‘beach time’ (bring beach shoes as it’s rocky/pebble-y, although beach shoes a must for most places in Croatia) as well as exploring; a day trip to the Brijuni Islands (get a boat from Fazana, near Pula) would also be an option.

  • Kathryn Muir

    Hi, am thinking of a family holiday in Istria, probably Porec. Kids are 6 and 9. We like to drive around a bit and discover the area, and do stuff. Is there much for families to do? Apart from beach and looking at the historic stuff of which I appreciate there is plenty! What about adventure parks, museums, aquariums, that type of thing? Days out at attractions. Thanks

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  • Ivana Smederv

    Istria is one of the most beautiful peninsulas I have ever seen. You can see beautiful coastline and an amazing inland with short ride with car or bus. I stayed in some comfortable apartments in Porec. Have fun while traveling!!