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Istria, Croatia, is ranked as one of the world's top destinations since 2010. Readers of the Guardian voted Croatia among the top 5 favourite European countries of the 2010 Travel Award winners. National Geographic hand-picked Istria among the top places to visit and Lonely Planet listed Istria as one of the top 5 places for 2011. In an article called ‎"Best of the World 2012" Istria is among the top 20 places recommended on the planet by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Top travel guide Fodor features Istria on its Go List as one of the top 21 places to go in 2012. The list continues in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Istria is also the top travel destination for Germans and a place which celebrities like. VIPs like Anthony Hopkins and Michael Schuhmacher own real estate in Istria. What draws people since the Roman times to this region is its natural beauty.

Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, plateaux, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea. 

As you get to know Istria you will notice more and more enchanting details: church facades and portals, tiny village alleyways with their specific architectural touches, the babble of a stream, the blossoming cherries. Everything is warm–hearted and friendly here: nature, towns and people. Here is a video that shows some of Istria's amazing sights...

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The main destinations with many tourist attractions in Istria are: Brijuni National Park, BujeBuzet, Fažana / Valbandon, Grožnjan, HumLabin, Medulin / Ližnjan, Motovun, Novigrad, Opatija (Kvarner), Pazin, Poreč, Premantura / Cape Kamenjak, Pula, Rabac, Rovinj, SvetvinčenatUmag, Vodnjan, Vrsar. Watch webcams here.

To read an interesting article about Istria go here. To download a detailed brochure about Istria click here.

Travelling to Croatia from Slovenia? Here is up-to-date Slovenian traffic information about traffic conditions on roads and border crossings to Croatia including webcams.



The westernmost county of the Republic of Croatia. The largest peninsula of the Adriatic.

2,820 km2 (triangle Dragonja, Kamenjak, Učka)



Coast Length
445 km (well-indented coast is twice as long as the road one). The western coast of Istria is 242.5 km long, with island 327.5 km.
The eastern coast of Istria is 202 km long with the pertaining islets 212 km.

The lowest sea temperature is in March ranging from 9.3°C up to 11.1°C. The highest sea temperature is in August when it reaches 23.3°C and 24.1°C. Salinity amounts approximately to 36-38 pro mille.

Mirna, Dragonja and Raša

Istria is the largest green oasis of the North Adriatic. The coast and the islands are covered with pine woods and easily recognizable green macchia. The main specimens of macchia are holm oak and strawberry trees. 35% of Istria is covered with forests.

Administrative Centre
Pazin (9,227 inhabitants)

Economic Centre
Pula (58,594 inhabitants)

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