Map of Istria

Istria is the most developed of the Croatian regions in terms of tourism due to its vicinity to Western Europe. The peninsular is large and triangular, pointing into the Adriatic. Although the coast is less developed and built in the south of Croatia like in Dalmatia, it is an attractive region for holidays as it offers good facilities on the coast and has an interesting inland, which is largely unspoilt and gives an insight into Croatian culture. As a border region with Italy and Slovenia, it has a rich cultural life, marked by the cultures that have lived it during many centuries. There is still a large Italian community there, and most Croats will know some words of Italian.

The region is famous for its varied cuisine. Seafood dishes are on offer, such as heavier inland cuisine and Italian dishes.

Main towns to see in Croatia include Pula, Rovinj, Novigrad, Poreč, Motovun, Grožnjan, Oprtalj and Hum, which are presented in details in the town sections.

Pictures of Istria

How to get to Istria

Istria is connected to Zagreb with bus lines and it is easy to reach Istria from Rijeka, there is a train from Ljubljana to Pula, and there are ferries connecting Pula with Lošinj and Zadar. If you want to travel on other routes as the ones indicated here, you are advised best to take a car.

Map of Istria


Cities in Istria

15 – District Istria

West coast

South coast

Regions of Istria

East coast

Inner Istria

Northern region

Central region

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