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Croatia Restaurant Week comes to Istria

Croatian fine dining

Restaurant Week in the sun, what a great holiday idea! We’ve just had our first Restaurant Week here in Istria – and delicious it was too – why not come and try it yourself next time with a short-break holiday in Istria.   Following its successful launch in Zagreb last year, Croatia Restaurant Week...
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Having fun at the Porec End-of-Season Party?

Mussels for sale at Porec End-of-Season Party

With bands and fireworks, the Porec End-of-Season Party in Istria is an annual bash held, rather strangely, in mid-August when the tourist season is still in full swing! We went down for a fun night out and to support Snježana and the Giostra troupe. Being our usual uninformed selves, we wouldn’t have known anything about...
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Getting to Istria


Coming on holiday to Istria? There’s plenty of basic information already available on-line about how to get here. I don’t intend to repeat it here. But having travelled back and forth many times to visit family and friends in other countries, by air and road, I’ll instead be trying to pass on ‘insider’ tips...
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At sea – well not quite


Yes, you’ve caught me out. I haven’t managed to write anything yet, but come back soonish and I will. First up I’m planning an overview of Istrian marinas, then we’ll go behind the scenes at Vrsar marina and I’ll find out how to rent a boat. Then, well wait and see. But for now,...
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Seaside music at the Valamar Jazz Festival


A live concert is usually fun. Outdoor concerts are even better. A great outdoor concert, on a warm evening by the sea, is best of all. The 2nd Valamar Jazz Festival in Porec at the beginning of July was four nights of exactly that – relaxed, musical, outdoor fun. Not surprisingly, it was a...
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Istria’s Tuscany

Gorgeous street in Groznjan, Istria

This drive takes in some of Istria’s most stunning scenery, and its largest medieval hill towns: Motovun and Grožnjan.  In their day, all these hill-top villages were bustling towns; one even had a huge castle.  It basically involves visiting Istria’s two main and best known inland attractions, with a magnificent scenic drive between them and...
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Gorgeous drive

Limski Draga, Istria - the place for fresh mussels

This short drive near the River Draga meets the sea at the Limski Draga, a flooded limestone gorge. It’s a trip through time: where some towns (Dvigrad) died, others flourished (Svetvincenat) and some even rose to great importance (Sveti Lovrec). Everywhere on this route is an unspoilt slice of history. Only 28 km long,...
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Istrian Riviera

Lovran - coastal resort in Istria

Much of this drive twists along Istria’s dramatic East coast, where the cliffs plunge directly to the sea, but it also takes you up into the mountains behind for panoramic views along the coast. Starting with atmospheric medieval towns, it finishes with two magnificent Austro-Hungarian resort towns. With no stops, it takes about forty-five...
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Dramatic valleys and ancient frescoes

Gracisce's magnificent valley view in Istria

This short drive through the heart of Istria takes in several wonderful hill-top villages, with some of the best Istrian frescoes. You’ll also see a castle, impressive valleys and a wealth of old stone houses.  It’s only 26 km and, while you could drive it straight in about half an hour, if you take...
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Woodland wonderland

Draguc in Autumn - one of Istria's inland gems

Authentic, rural Istria. This beautiful drive into the heart of Glagolitic Istria takes in woods, pastures, mountains and perfect stone villages. Sleepy and unspoilt, it’s a land the modern world has overlooked. You can cover this 30 km route in about 45 minutes, but I’d recommend taking a bit longer to stop off and...
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