Of Truffles, Wine and Medieval charm
Those are the things that describe Istrian region of Croatia perfectly. Having visited the Tuscany area of Italy just last year, we fell in love with view of valley of vineyards, connoisseur wines and small quaint villages. So we wanted to to re-live this experience by visiting Istria. It turned out to be the high point of our Croatian adventure.
Located in the north-western part of Croatia, Istria is considered the Tuscany of Croatia. Once you visit the area, you immediately recognize the semblance to Tuscan landscape and culinary traditions blended well with Croat heritage.
Istria boasts of some of the most beautiful old medieval ports towns like Rovinj and Pula or mountain perched villages like Motuvun, Poreč and Grožnjan.
The northern part of Istria is blessed to be one of the places in the world with highest density of truffles. Depending on the season, you will get to experience local truffles varieties and sensational truffle based delicacies. Not only this, you even get a chance to visit some of the famous wineries producing great quality artisan wines.
Explore reviews and travel stories on Istria travel here.
How to get there?
Istria is well connected to the capital city of Zagreb by bus. But if you travelling here from the southern side we recommend driving as the best option. Also, renting a car is a convenient option to travel between cities. The bus connections to these cities are not very frequent.
Read our post on How to get to Rovinj? for more details.
Where to stay?
A lot of tourists base themselves in Pula as it has direct flights from UK and other countries in Europe.
But we highly recommend staying in Rovinj for its old town charm and sensational evenings by the sea. Once in Rovinj, you can easily plan to visit other cities as day trips.
Read our travel experiences in Rovinj to plan your trip!