Istria Croatia is composed of coastal and hinterland areas. It is also a known tourist destination, with lots of opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
During the summer months, there are lot of hiking and cycling trails that allow visitors to explore the beautiful sceneries.
The coastline of Istria is also replete with beautiful and unspoiled beaches ideal for swimming and snorkeling. A lot of cruises and sailing opportunities are also offered to further enjoy the sea and the abundant sunshine.
Labin is a town that bears a rich heritage in terms of culture and architecture. Visitors can take leisurely strolls along its beautiful streets, lined with quaint cafes, old houses, and small shops. There are also several art galleries that serve as outlets for local artworks and are ideal for souvenirs.
Afterwards, visitors can take day trips to the Sculpture Park in Dubrova, where more than 70 stone sculptures are showcased. In the older part of the town is the Town Museum where items related to local history are displayed.
The museum also features another interesting display, a miniature coal mine. There are also several vantage points around town that afford spectacular views around the hill of Rabac and of the Cres island.
One of the popular bathing destinations in Istria Croatia is the town of Medulin, where the beaches are unpolluted and water sports are readily available at the Medulin bay area.
In the town of Emonia is a church that bears three names - St. Mary, St. Maximilian, and St. Pelages. Most of the structure was built in Baroque style, though visitors can still discern some of its original architectural features of Romanesque and Early Christian styles.
Beneath the church is a crypt that is considered to be a sacred structure. Located north of the town is a palace that was constructed in Late Baroque style and adds visual interest to the landscape.
In the town of Opatija is a coastal promenade that is a popular destination for those who wish to indulge in leisurely strolls. There are also several public gardens that provide serene spaces in the area.
The rural part of Istria Croatia is home to several wineries and vineyards that visitors can head out to for wine tasting. Most of the wine products are served with local cheese and prosciutto.
In the older part of the town of Umag is an old citadel with remains of a tower constructed in the 14th century. The beaches and secluded bays in the area are also ideal for swimming in privacy, with clear water that is warm during most time of the year. There are also opportunities for water skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and sailing.
Visitors also get the chance to go horse riding along the beaches and hinterland of the Umag Riviera.
Afterwards, day trips can be arranged to the town of Momjan, Motovun, and Buzet where picturesque sceneries abound.
The Brijuni islands are found in the southwestern part of this region, where a national park is also located. Visitors can take safari tours around the area while a zoo and pheasant farm provides opportunities to view animals native to the area.
There are also traces of settlement during the prehistoric times at Gradina hill. Other highlights of the area include the basilica of St. Mary and the ruins of a Roman temple in the Verige Gulf.
Get ready to plunge yourself in a fulfilling travel experience!