Istria is the largest Croatian peninsula on the western Adriatic coast. Alongside the whole western part, from Savudrija on its northern part to cape Kamenjak on the southern part, there are little fishing towns, islets, hidden coves, beaches, fields and beautiful views. From the highest Istrian Mountain – Učka, you have a 360° of breathtaking view, over the: Istrian peninsula, the islands of the northern Adriatic, the mountains of Gorski kotar, Venice, the Italian Alps, etc.
Istria has a long tradition and culture that has left many preserved archaeological, cultural and historical monuments of various ethnic cultures and times, some of which are under UNESCO patronage. The Roman Arena in Pula, The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, the old town of Rovinj, or the Briuni archipelago, are only a part of the pride of Istria….
There are hills, springs, vineyards, fields, olive-groves, medieval fortresses, castles and places in the hinterland, where recognizable traditional architecture perfectly fits into the beautiful natural surroundings. Find one of the walking or cycling paths, peer behind the door of one of the Istrian taverns and experience Istria!
Did you know?
- Istria is intersected by the 45th parallel, the northern geographic latitude so the Istrian peninsula is situated half way between the Equator and the North Pole
- The Istrian coast including its numerous coves, the peninsula and the islets is 537 kilometers long
- Istria has more than 2400hours of sunshine per year
- In Istria, there are some sixty marked cyclist paths over almost 2600 kilometres
- The highest Istrian mountain is Učka (1396 m)
- The longest river is Mirna (32 km)
- The smallest town in the world is Istrian Hum
- The largest Istrian animal is the Istrian ox – boškarin (which 1,80 m long and weighs 1200 kg)
- The biggest truffle was found in the Motovun wood and with its 1,31, kg entered the Guinness Book of Records
- The most well-known astronomy observatory in Croatia is situated in Višnjan (near Poreč)
- The largest town – ruin is Dvigrad - with a surface area of 1600 square metres
- The largest monastery in Istria is in the village Sveti Petar u Šumi
- The highest Istrian tower-bell is the Vodnjan tower-bell, situated close to the church of St. Blaž – it is 60 metres high.
- The highest western Istrian (and Croatian) building is the lighthouse in Savudrija, at 36 metres high.
- The Brijuni archipelago was proclaimed a national park
Venetian palaces and churches were built from Istrian white stone as well as the Pula amphitheatre - the famous Arena (which is the largest ancient Istrian building)