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Istria is full of gorgeous villages & towns – sun-kissed slices of history. You simply must see…

Pazin: a castle, gorge and giant’s cave

August 1, 2014
Pazin Castle, seen from cafe across gorge, Istria

Pazin doesn’t feature highly in Croatian guidebooks, but hidden behind this apparently non-descript administrative town is a magnificent castle, perched on the edge of a dramatic gorge, with an enormous cave beneath. How this came to be depends on the tale you’re told. My favourite is that of the giant, Ban Dragonja.   The...
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Novigrad – the perfect seaside-holiday town

March 31, 2014
Novigrad, Istria

Imagine, for a moment, an ideal seaside-holiday town. First, it needs to be the right size: big enough to have things to see and do; yet small enough to be easily explored on foot. Obviously, it should be centred around a picturesque harbour, with fishermen working from small boats. Attractive old streets with colourful...
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Vrsar – romantic perfection

January 28, 2014
Vrsar from the sea

Of all the towns along the Istrian coast, Vrsar is probably my favourite. Set on a steep hillside, over-looking its harbour, it is a beautiful sight. With its old buildings and narrow streets, this small town is a wonderful place for an afternoon stroll, soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the glorious views. I’ve...
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Venice and Istria – a perfect combination

July 1, 2013
Venice seafront at St. Mark's square in early morning

Venice and Istria make a perfect two-centre holiday. Only three hours apart by car, or a ferry ride across the Bay of Venice, it is easy to combine the magic and bustle of Venice with the tranquillity and seaside charm of Istria. I fell in love with Venice over thirty years ago. We were...
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Picturesque Porec

June 25, 2013
There are terracotta tiles...

Rovinj: Istria’s coastal gem

April 6, 2013
A dramataic view of Rovinj in Istria, from the sea

Deserted Dvigrad

January 27, 2013
The streets of Dvigrad, Istria

Lying above the Draga valley, at the head of the Lim Fjord, is Dvigrad. An important settlement since pre-Roman times, it was abandoned in the 17th century and today is an atmospheric ruin – a wonderful place to while away a few hours and a great setting for a picnic. Although easily accessible, it’s...
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Timeless Tinjan

April 26, 2012
Electoral table in Tinjan, Istria

Just off the Porec-Pazin main road lies the cute, little village of Tinjan which has a strange electoral history. Elders would sit round a stone table with their beards spread in front: a flea was released in the middle and, whoever’s beard the flea jumped into, was elected mayor for the year. Centuries later,...
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