Istria is part of the Republic of Croatia. It is called Terra Magica because this part of Croatia is the true charm of the Mediterranean. Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic. Various cultures, civilizations and customs are intertwined in this area. Istria is a mosaic of forests, lawns, red fields (types of land), vineyards and old abandoned terraces and stone houses. Istria has had a turbulent history, as evidenced by monuments, churches and temples.
Istria is really special for its hospitality and multiculturalism. With its crystal clear sea, shores and harbors, and merry fishing boats and boiling cobbled streets, it speaks to the true charm of the Mediterranean. This magical part of the country with its picturesque medieval towns located on the hills of the Istrian hinterland exudes peace and gentleness of the continent. The landscapes of Istria are irresistibly reminiscent of the beauties of Prvanza in France or Tuscany in Italy. On the shores of towns in Istria you will recognize the outlines of antiquity and the heritage of Venice. Central Istria has the spirit of Central Europe. Istria offers the sea, sunny coasts, romantic bays and ports on the Adriatic, but fairy trails that lead to the medieval towns that crown Istria’s hilly landscape. These are Motovun, Grožnjan, Završje, Oprtalj or the smallest branch in the world Hum. A walk through the cobbled streets of these towns will turn into a magical journey through another history. Follow this special path from the massive city gates to the bench in the city lodge. Then climb to the church on the beach and the bell tower from which Istria will shine for a moment from a different view.
Although all towns in Istria seem to resemble each other, each medieval town is unique. Be curious while you are in Istria. Peek into the gates, see the coats of arms and palaces, enter the churches and rest in the shade of the chapel. Istria is truly terra magica. Strengthened by the bora and fortified with mistral, it is fragrant with broom, sage and lavender. Istria is drowsy with immortelle, thyme and pine. Istria has an ideal climate whose bathing and sunbathing season lasts 5 months.
Pula – the largest urban center in Istria. It has a 3000 year long history. The city of Pula is a unique branch in the Mediterranean that boasts an impressive diversity of cultural heritage. Precisely as the name of the peninsula (Istria), the city of Pula bears a female name. Pula and Istria are self-contained and enchanting places. Pula is a city of concerts, film and culture. Anyone who once entered the skirts of this city wished to return here again.
Rovinj is a town on the Istrian peninsula that tourists should not miss. The town is a romantic place surrounded by beautiful Renaissance and Baroque monuments, heritage and churches. Rovinj is a city 49 km away from Pula. This city offers various cultural events (International Pop Summer Festival, International Art Exhibition and others). On September 16 every year the day of the patron saint of the city of St. Euphemia is held. Rovinj is home to the Center for Marine Research, the Ruđer Bošković Institute and many other cultural and historical monuments. In front of the coast there are numerous islands and islets (Figarola, Saint Catherine, Baniole). There is a double Red Island, a historical site and a cultural feature of former cultures.
Hum-is the smallest city in the world. It is inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records. This small town-monument has changed over the centuries. The city’s narrow cobbled streets today resonate with the story of ancient times. Within the well-preserved walls you will find only two streets, the Church of the Assumption of Mary from 1802 and the Church of St. Jerome from the 12th century. In the town of Hum you can find traces of Croatian literature and its beginnings. The city is part of the Glagolitic Alley monument route.
Gatsronomy of the Istrian peninsula
Truffles, Istrian prosciutto, olive oil, fish and seafood specialties, Istrian homemade cheeses, handmade cosmetics from Istria, indigenous wines and numerous wineries (Teran, Refošk and other varieties), clear brandy, Istrian soup, Istrian white wine Malvasia and other indigenous dishes.
Routes for researchers
Grožnjan and Motovun-architecture, galleries, film and music events in fairytale Istrian guards
Labin-a medieval town whose streets are the scenery of many events in summer
Wine roads and Malsin oil roads-pictures Bicycle paths-more than 80 arranged paths with a total length of over 3200 kilometers.
Tourism plus is agritourism. More than 250 households engaged in agritourism provide an unforgettable atmosphere of a traditional way of life. On the Istrian peninsula there are more than 100 traditional luxury holiday villas in the untouched nature of central Istria and on the Adriatic coast.
Brijuni National Park-extremely rich cultural and historical heritage of the archipelago with 14 islands. The former famous residence of the President of ex-Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito offers beautiful beaches, remnants of antiquity, ZOO safaris, golf, polo and top gastronomic offer.
Cultural heritage of Istria
Amphitheater (city of Pula) – a magnificent ancient monument from the 1st century. Former Roman scene of gladiator and lion fights. Today it is a unique concert and festival stage.
Euphrasian Basilica (city of Poreč) – a complex of early Byzantine art from the 6th century is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Church of St. Euphemia (city of Rovinj) – an impressive achievement of Baroque art with a rich collection of works of art and a sarcophagus of the patron saint of the city
Dance of the Dead (Beram) – a church with unique frescoes from the 14th century
Dvigrad-remains of a medieval town two voices of narrow intervals of Istria-UNESCO Non-representative list of intangible heritage.
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