Istria, the jewel in Croatia’s crown, is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. This considerably large, heart-shaped cape joins the Adriatic with continental Croatia and features a remarkable tourism infrastructure amidst a multitude of breathtaking topographical features. The cultural legacy in Istria has undergone the tests of time and emerged as a striking blend of various ages encapsulated within a single boundary and preserved timelessly. Istria is often referred to as ‘the better Italy’, owing to the fact that tourists regard it as a much more clean, tranquil, cheap, green and well-maintained alternative to Italy with a lot more to offer in terms of scenic beauty, history and leisure. Pula, in Istria, is home to one of the six largest Roman amphitheatres, the Arena, which is open to sightseeing and is a favorite tourist spot. Istrian inland features a display of the rich Croatian history with medieval villages, museums, ancient ruins and magnificent hill towns. These hill towns are typical to Istria and serve as the main aesthetic appeal for artsy visitors. Motovun, the most renowned of these hilltop settlements, stretches out towards the coast and overlooks the gushing waters of Mirina River Valley. It is surrounded by vineyards and truffle-filled forests and hosts the star-studded International Motovun Film Festival each year.

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Villa Sancta Maria Motovun
Villa Sleeps 12
Rates 313 - 696 EUR
Cottage Sleeps 5
Rates 110 - 125 EUR

Istra Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Croatia

The beaches in Istria are not the conventional sandy beaches; instead, they are dotted with fine pebbles soaked in crystal clear waters. A number of gourmet restaurants line the coast and offer haute cuisine and scrumptious seafood. A fine treat to the senses, Istria is without a doubt, a land straight out of a fairytale.