Weekend in Istria
Istria - a perfect destination for art, history, and food lovers
This Croatian region, located in the northern Adriatic, is one of the most visited ones in Croatia. In Istria, you can try top wines, olive oils, and other local products.
Read on and find out which places we recommend you to visit in Istria, if you are staying here for a weekend.
Look for accommodation in Bale. Bale is a small town located on the western coast of Istria. It is located only a few kilometers from medieval Istrian towns, and equally close to the coast, where you will find beautiful beaches.
The center of Bale is an inspiration to many artists. You will oftentimes hear jazz music while strolling the streets. If you are a fan of jazz, blues, and similar types of music, do not miss visiting the jazz tavern Kamene priče (Stone stories) where you can also try great food and Istrian truffles.
Narrow and cobbled streets will take you through the galleries and historic sites of the city. In the old town, visit the Soardo Castle - Bembo, Tomaso Bembo Square, the Crypt, the famous Ulika gallery with dinosaur remains, and much more.
After breakfast, head to Pula and visit this economic center of Istria. It is about half an hour's drive. Apart from the Arena, Forum, Castle, and other historical locations, we recommend that you stop by the Pula Market where you can buy and try Istrian delicacies.
If you are interested in the underwater world, Aquarium Pula is an ideal place both for children and adults. The Sea Turtle Recovery Center is located here too.
Spend the afternoon and evening in Rovinj. Stroll through the old town and narrow streets, and visit the galleries. Climb to the top and enjoy the view in front of the church of Sv. Euphemia. On your way back, stop in one of the taverns and treat yourself to dinner in a romantic setting.
Today, we suggest you visit Svetvinčenat. A small Istrian town with a castle and a square. This place is the center of the Mediaval festival that happens in summer.
After you have visited Svetvinčenat, go towards Labin. Have a walk through the old town, visit one of the many galleries, and climb the church tower from the 17th century. Enjoy the amazing view of Rabac!
If you are going in the direction of Zagreb, you have two options: continue by the old road through Opatija or head in the direction of Učka.
If you prefer the second idea, do not miss visiting Boljun, a small town on a hill with an excellent tavern that serves Istrian specialties.
In case you have some time left, cross the mount Učka instead of going through the tunnel. This mountain is also a natural border between two regions. It is a Nature park that offers visitors quite a lot. Visit Vojak, the highest peak of Učka. It can be easily reached by car, and the view of the Kvarner islands and inner Istria is something you will never forget.