Istria, Croatia

Forest trees in Istria, Croatia

Istria Croatian islands have a lot to offer the vacationer seeking peace and serenity.

With plenty of wonderful beaches, water sports, and interesting history, this little slice of the Adriatic is a great destination for a relaxing summer vacation. 

Visiting the Islands

Many first-time travelers to Croatia may want to rent a private boat to explore the surrounding area. These boats are available daily and can help you see some of the more inaccessible islands such as Kvarner and Cerkno.

The water on these islands is clear and inviting, making for a great day out for the entire family. You should plan to spend at least two hours at a time on the water. Some of the most popular Croatian beaches are Stari Gradina, on the northern side of the island; Kornati, on the eastern side; and Cerkno, which are on the west side.

Croatian Cuisine

Croatian cuisine is also worth trying. Local chefs prepare dishes from all over the region, using local ingredients. Try preparing some traditional dishes served in clay pots, such as Ovosavo (potatoes baked in an iron skillet) and Sautetja (Croatian blue cheese). If you are staying at a holiday resort, ask the hotel staff if they can provide some local culinary knowledge and experience. You will also find plenty to try at local restaurants.

Attractions

You’ll also want to spend some time sightseeing. Istria has many beautiful sites and monuments. Take your camera and take pictures of the many artisans and crafts that can be found all over the island.

Visit Ljubljana, the capital of Croatian and one of the most popular cities in the country. Take a cable car ride to the top of a mountain and enjoy the panoramic views and beautiful scenery. You may also want to visit the Monastery in Dubrovnik, a great example of Gothic architecture.

Beaches

Istria Croatia has many great beaches. The south side has several beaches that offer a more relaxing atmosphere. Many beaches have privacy sections, which is great for families or singles who want some space. The beaches on the western side are more commercialized, but there are also some lovely beaches on the eastern side that are less crowded. Make sure to check out Zadar, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.

Final Thoughts

One of the most attractive Adriatic destinations in Europe, Istria, when the island is transformed into a veritable Mediterranean resort. There are also numerous beautiful and romantic hotels such as the Torremolinos Hotel – Istria, and the Dorian Hotel – Split. There are plenty of great attractions to see and enjoy on this wonderful little piece of earth.