Istria, defined by rolling hillsides and a close proximity to the Adriatic, combines a taste of the Tuscan countryside with a beautiful azure coastline. With the makings of a diverse and exciting Croatia holiday destination, this is a region that still manages to hold onto its national heritage.
Istria, often considered to be the gastronomic capital of Croatia, has a diverse history that makes itself evident in the architecture of costal towns Porec, Rovinj and Pula, the latter which boasts a famous Roman amphitheatre.
If the sun-seeking mecca of Istria's coastal towns and beach complexes isn't for you, then explore further inland where the hillside retreat of Gro≈ænjan and the atmospheric ruin of Dvigrad beckon.
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Image a magical, sun-kissed coastline, dotted with islands and medieval towns. Imagine an unspoilt landscape of craggy, limestone cliffs and sparkling, sapphire lakes.
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There's more to Croatia than just the beaches and islands of the Dalmatian coast, as this fascinating five-day self-drive so neatly demonstrates.
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Rovinj enjoys a fortunate position as the most enchanting of Istria's seaside towns. The Church of St Euphemia looks out over the town from its hillside perch, with the option of climbing the tower available for those seeking to take full advantage of the panoramic vistas.
The ancient Roman town of Porec lies at the heart of Istria's summer tourism infrastructure, placing it within easy reach of the coast's rocky beaches as well as the quieter interior of the region. Despite its flocks of summer visitors, Porec still retains a sense of historical pride and the UNESCO…
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