Istria - holiday apartments and houses

Istria lies in the northern Adriatic Sea, between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Bay, and is with about 3500 sq km, the largest peninsula in Croatia. The landscape of the peninsula in the north is a little hilly, with elevation trains. In the middle of Istria are a gentle hill country and the south falls flat into many tongues. The majority of the population lives in the coastal regions. On the coasts drag sea arms, like fjords far into the inland. Well known is the Limski Fjord between Rovinj and Porec. Istria has nearly 2400 hours of sunshine in the year, mild winters and warm summers. In the centre of the peninsula are many wine-growing regions. The best known and most important seaside resorts of Istria are Umag, Novigrad, Porec, Rovinj, Medulin and Rabac.

In Istria is a greater incidence of truffles. The truffle-stronghold is in Livade, around the city of Buzet and in the region of the river Mirna. There are different varieties of truffles in Croatia, white and black truffles. When the summer season is over, the season of the white truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico) at end of September begins. In Tito's times were white truffles from Croatia smuggled as Alba truffle to Italy, the worlds most desirable. Especially in Motovun forest is the white gold. Here was in 1999 the biggest truffle of the World found. With his 1.31 kilos the truffle enters the Guinness Book of Records. Today the successful finder, Giancarlo Zigante, owns a truffle-shop and a very good truffle-restaurant in Livade. The Istrian truffles are especially searched with truffle dogs, but there are also truffle pigs, with their fine sense of smell, they find the coveted fungi. From September on there are many truffles markets and truffle celebrations in Istria. Vote of the finest truffles, accompanied truffles offered search, you can taste and buy truffles, and all lots around.

Amphitheater - Kolosseum Pula

Since 19th century tourists coming to Istria, cause of the beautiful beaches, historic monuments in the country's inland and to enjoy the varied scenery. The southern tip, Cape Kamenjak is a nature conservation area, as well as the nature park Brijuni close to the holiday resort of Pula, which contains 14 islands.
Pula, with about 67,000 residents (with the small. suburbs almost 100,000), is the largest city of Istria, and demonstrates the cultural, economic and political centre of Istria – but the official capital is Pazin. In Pula ends the cycle route Euro Velo 9, which starts in Poland on the Baltic and leads through five countries.

Istria is well reachable by car from Germany and Austria. The international airport in Pula is connected by scheduled and charter service. The peninsula offers accommodations in all price ranges, from the campsite, apartments, holiday homes up to luxus accommodation, like villas. Active vacationers, like water sports enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists will find many offers. Istria is very family-friendly.

The name of the peninsula comes from the Illyrians, a tribe, which in ancient times lived in this region. Already in 2nd century BC they created new settlements/towns along the coast and on the surveys. From the 11th century BC came the first ceramic parts, the first forms of civilization in Istria. Especially from the Roman period have numerous monuments survived, which constitute today the main memorials of the region. Beside the Romans Istria was occupied by many other peoples: the Goths, the Slavs, the Avars and the Franks. Each of these nations has left its traces, and a splendid culture heritage in Istria. The First and Second World War brought big damage and destruction with them. Thus, the monuments that have survived the wars are very remarkable. They offer the tourists an overview of the traditions of Istria. The most well-preserved monuments were from the Roman period, like the Amphitheatre, Arch, Churches and Basilicas. In every Istrian town you can discover monuments and buildings, and this is what makes the whole area so worth seeing.

The following places in Istria, which are not mentioned in text above, are also worth a visit: Savudrija, Banjole, Barbariga, Valbandon, Pjescana Uvala, Vinkuran, Pomer, Fazana, Funtana, Liznjan, Peroj, Premantura, Vrsar.

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