The Ultimate Travel Guide to Istria, Croatia #shareistria @shareistria

By Jonathan Howe June 27th, 2016 Posted in Europe, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 2 Comments

Istria Croatia, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, is a utopia of nature, food, history and culture. The seemingly endless rugged coastline and sandy beaches with crystal-clear blue waters lapping at their shores offer the best beach holidays in Croatia, while the inland regions of Central Istria provide a cooler, more tranquil retreat into green, rolling hills, vineyards, castles, and truffles to rival the country’s neighbour, Italy. The rich history of Istria has seen it pass through the hands of early pirate tribes, the Romans, Venetians, the Goths, the Austrian Empire, the Italians and Yugoslavians. All these influences have created the tapestry of culture, tradition, architecture and cuisine that all bind Istria together into one of the best places to visit in Europe.

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For visitors of all ages, nationalities and interests, there are things to do in Istria which will keep everyone relaxed, entertained, and satisfied as they explore, swim, play, wander and most importantly of all, eat! Restaurants in Istria serve up a unique blend of Mediterranean and Continental cuisine, constantly adapting their menus to the fresh seasonal produce which is fished, grown and reared all over Croatia. Istria is famed for its olive oils, locally wines made from locally grown grapes and of course, Istrian truffles, or Istrian Tartufi, which are hunted out using the centuries old methods understood only by the truffle hunter and his dog. The largest white truffle ever recorded, at 1.310 kilograms, was found in 1999 by Giancarlo Zigante in the forest of Motovun, although that record may have been topped by a larger one found in Italy in 2014. You can actually see a cast of Zigante’s truffle in his truffle restaurant – named Zigante – at the base of Motovun Mountain!

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Travel Guide to Pula in Istria, Croatia

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Pula is considered as one of the largest cities in the Southern part of the Istrian peninsula, offering an outstanding display of its coastline, great historical attractions to see, the hustle and bustle in town, just by the sea, and lots of beaches that tourists surely enjoy! Situated in the South-western shore, Pula is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the Adriatic coasts. Explore the city and take time strolling along the beaches, try the seaside cafes and discover this culture rich city, see the Roman architectures, from arenas, castles, temples, cathedrals, they have it all here. Truly, this is one of the best places to spend holiday in Croatia.

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1. Visit The Pula Arena

Stroll around and witness a great piece of the city’s history by visiting the Pula Arena. It’s a beautifully preserved Roman building with the display of the best architectural wonders and an impressive amphitheatre. You can  even enjoy the view with a cup of coffee at the top of the arena, definitely one of the best things to do in Istria.

2. See the Temple Of Augustus

Travel through the Roman time and be amazed by the well preserved Roman ruins in the area. This is definitely worth the visit, with a lovely town to walk around in, truly one of the best things to do in Istria!

3. See the Arco dei Sergi

A stunning arch brimming with history, Arco dei Sergi is an impressive structure located in a lovely square and is part of the old city Roman walls. After visiting this magnificent architecture, visit some of the great cafes and bars nearby. A structure with interesting history, this is truly a must-see and one of the most interesting things to see in Istria.

4. Enjoy the marine life in Aquarium Pula

Definitely a great activity in Pula where you can enjoy different species of marine life. It’s a small privately-run aquarium located in an old fort in the tourist area of Verudella. Lots to see, explore and learn, perfect for younger kids and has a nearby outdoor spot great for picnics. It’s a perfect place for the whole family and definitely one of the best things to do in Istria for the whole family.

5. See the floor mosaic, The Punishment of Dirce

It is said that this wondrous treasure of Pula was revealed during the destruction of WWII. This mosaic is suggestive of the treasures that lie beneath the medieval and more recent structures in Pula central. It once graced the floor of a wealthy Roman. Definitely, a visit to this interesting Roman mosaic is one of the best things to do in Istria for anyone with an interest in art and history.

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1. Konoba Medeja Restaurant

If relaxing atmosphere and delicious food and wine are what you are looking for, then Konoba Medeja Restaurant is the right choice. This restaurant is an excellent dinner choice after a day sightseeing Pula. Small place but they offer great menu option, great variety of wine selections plus a cozy warm feel at their tavern. It is highly recommended and truly one of the best restaurants in Pula, Croatia.

2. TiVoli Restaurant

If great pizza and a sure relaxing atmosphere are what you are looking for in a restaurant, then TiVoli is the place to be. It’s a hidden gem in Pula with a great food service, fine style and sure great value for monky. It is well worth visiting and definitely one of the best restaurants in Pula, Croatia.

3. Farabuto Restaurant

Farabuto Restaurant is a fabulous little restaurant tucked away from the busy town center, offering exquisite and delicious seafood. The restaurant serves great selection of fresh fish and wine s as well, at fair prices. They serve delicious meals, well prepared and decorated perfectly. Highly recommended, this is truly one of the best restaurants in Pula, Croatia.

4. Restaurant Oasi

A combination of nice ambiance and very good service, that’s what Restaurant Oasi is. It’s a relaxing little place in Pula having nice staff and serving real good food. Serving specialties, food here is sure an excellent choice. What makes it one of the best restaurants in Pula, Croatia is the excellent food that they serve, the nice place and of course, the professional service.

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1. Park Plaza Histria Pula – Pula, Istria

A well located hotel, only steps away from the beach, Park Plaza Histria Pula provides panoramic views and accommodation with balconies. It also has a wellness, spa and restaurants serving traditional Istrian and international cuisines. This is one of the best luxury hotels in Pula, Istria for anyone looking for self contained relaxation and indulgence.

Price Range: Twin/Double Room from $232

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2. Oasi – Boutique Hotel & Restaurant – Pula, Istria

Oasi – Boutique Hotel & Restaurant is an eco-friendly hotel using solar energy for warming water and heating indoor spaces during the cold periods of the year. It’s an excellent hotel well situated in a quiet location, offering elegant and classic interiors with modern amenities.

Price Range: Double Room from $172

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3. Hotel Valsabbion – Pula, Istria

A modern and elegantly designed boutique hotel, Hotel Valsabbion offers high-quality rooms and a penthouse apartment. Well situated, it’s an excellent little find at the top of the hill leading down to the marina in a beautiful little beach cove area.

Price Range: Twin / Double Room from $214

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Travel Guide to Medulin in Istria, Croatia

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The name Medulin was said to be derived from the old Roman name, ‘Mutila’. This city is an old fishing town situated in the Southern part of the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. It’s the perfect place for hopeless romantic destination seekers since the city has abounding flora and fauna. Medulin has lots of beaches to choose from as well – from sandy, pebbly, rocky, they have it all here. It is also one of the favourite destinations for sporting activities, great place for sports fanatics! Lots to do and see in this wonderful city,  from historical landmarks, night clubs, cafes, and other natural attractions, this is definitely a great place to book your holidays in Croatia.

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1. Try the Medulin Excursions

Take a lovely cruise around the island of the Medulin peninsula. This is an excellent choice for a day out in Medulin. Boat rides are perfect for travelling around the islands, seeing the local surroundings and enjoying a relaxing adventure, truly one of the best things to do in Medulin, Croatia.

2. Try Metta Float Yoga & SUP

This is a must-try water activity that combines exercise, relaxation and lots of fun with a chance of spotting a ray fish swimming across Medulin bay. Start up with the basics of paddle boarding, then off with some basic yoga moves. Definitely fun and one of the best things to do in Medulin, Croatia.

3. Visit Isola di Levan

If water and relaxation are what you are looking for, Isola di Levan is the place for you. It’s a lovely little place full of Croatian charm, and very relaxing. This small island is 30 minutes away from Medulin, offering sandy beaches, great bars and amazing food. Truly, visiting this place is one of the best things to do in Medulin, Croatia.

4. Drop by the Wine and Souvenir Shop Terraneo

Find cheap deals and the best local wine, olive oil, sweets and other home made Croatian products in this excellent shop. Don’t forget to drop by here and buy gifts for folks back home. Truly, this is something not to miss and one of the best things to do in Medulin, Croatia!

5. Riding experience at Samy’s Ranch

Enjoy the best horse back riding experience at Samy’s Ranch.  All horses are impeccably well trained and ideal for experienced and novice riders.  Prices are very good value for money too. Definitely, this is one very enjoyable experience and one of the best things to do in Medulin, Croatia.

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1. Salt & pepper Restaurant

Salt & pepper Restaurant is one superb place offering excellent service, great wine and a very nice ambiance with great music. This restaurant serves  good variety of food, freshly cooked from the grill. Definitely, this is one of the best restaurants in Medulin, Croatia.

2. Bistro-Pizzeria FINANCA Restaurant

Bistro-Pizzeria FINANCA Restaurant is a nice restaurant serving a very good choice of food, of big portions. This place also offers great view of the sea. Excellent service is a plus, truly one of the best restaurants in Medulin, Croatia. As usual on the Istrian coast, the seafood is always a speciality!

3. Fun Medulin Restaurant

Great food, great people, it’s most certainly one of the best places to eat in Medulin! Fun Medulin offers its menu with wide selection from Croatian, Austrian and even International specialties. Another great thing about this restaurant is its friendly staff and owners. This restaurant is highly recommended and definitely one of the best restaurants in Medulin, Croatia.

4. Kalavojna Restoran & Enoteca Restaurant

A restaurant serving great perfectly cooked Istrian food and fine desserts, Kalavojna Restoran & Enotec Restaurant is a sure great choice when in Medulin. Serving real good food, the place also has nice interiors and offers great service, making it one of the best restaurants in Medulin, Croatia.

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1. Hotel Minerva, Medulin, Istria

Hotel Minerva is a very nice little hotel just blocks away from the waterfront promenade. All rooms have parquet floors, a safety box and a small fridge, while their private bathrooms come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. The hotel also features a garden with outdoor seating furniture. Truly one of the best hotels in Medulin, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $109

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2. Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin, Istria

A beautifully kept and very modern hotel, Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin is an excellent hotel boasting highly stylised interiors. The staff is the heart of the hotel and everyone, from the cleaners to the reception, are all friendly and welcoming. Definitely, this is one of the best hotels in Medulin, Croatia.

Price Range: Twin / Double Room from $134

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3. Rooms Laura, Medulin, Istria

Rooms Laura is located in the centre of the traditional fishing village Medulin, in southern Istria. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom, satellite TV and a restaurant.

Price Range: Double Room from $86

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Travel Guide to Novigrad in Istria, Croatia

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The Peaceful fishing town of Novigrad is  situated in the Western part of Croatia, and considered as a great place for food lovers. This city is known to be one of the top Istrian gourmet destinations, haven of gastronomic lavishness, of abounding Mediterranean food. Sashimi, wines, desserts, pizzas, breads, they got it all here. It’s a captivating tourist destination with lots to offer. Experience the historical and cultural heritage of the city, unfolding the rich history, culture and precious traditions. Visit magnificent sites and try to see for yourself the purest sea of the Mediterranean. Relax your way as you explore Novigrad.

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1. Fun and relaxation in Aquapark Istralandia

Suited for a fun family day, Aquapark Istralandia is great place to spend a beautiful summer day! They have “Space rocket” for adrenaline lovers and “hydro massage pools” for pure relaxation. Family slides with inflatables are really fun and even young kids can have fun in here! Definitely, fun time in this water park is considered as one of the best things to do in Novigrad, Istria.

2. Visit the Church of St. Pelage and St. Benedetto

A beautiful little church, a great historical structure, that offers a quaint and a very peaceful experience as you enter. Its worth a look inside, reminds tourists of how important worship was to local folks way back. The bell tower is quite beautiful and in Venetian style. Truly, a visit to this place is one of the best things to do in Novigrad, Croatia.

3. Visit the K.u.K. Marinemuseum

One of the best things to do in Novigrad, Croatia is a visit to the K.u.K. Marine Museum, perfect for any naval history buff. It displays lots of exhibits and a great deal of information. There are lots of informative signs and comprehensive descriptions, while the owner/manager himself is practically a history book. Great place, a must visit to remind you that Istria is not just about beaches and good food.

4. Pinesta Beach

Pinesta Beach is the perfect place for relaxation. Truly a great place to walk, with old pines as shade and a convenient location, close to the town if you need time for some quick shopping or if hunger strikes. A day in Pinesta beach, definitely one of the best things to do in Novigrad, Croatia.

5. Muzej Lapidarium

This museum collection includes architectural elements, and for the most part, the elements of liturgical furniture covering periods from the 1st to the 18th century. Most of these pieces come from the nearby church of St. Maximus. One of the best things to do in Novigrad, Croatia is to take a glimpse back in time through the historic core of the these collections.
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1. Konoba Gatto Nero Restaurant

Honest, authentic and truly delicious food, you got to experience this fine restaurant in Novigrad, the Komoba Gatto Nero Restaurant. An added factor is the well matched atmosphere of the place, and great music as well. This is truly one of the best restaurants in Novigrad, Croatia.

2. Vitriol Restaurant

One of the best in town, Vitriol Restaurant offers an incredible view that everyone will surely enjoy. Aside from the great coffee and dessert that they serve, this restaurant is a perfect place to relax. Truly, this is one of the best restaurants in Novigrad, Croatia.

3. Lungomare Restaurant

Lungomare Restaurant is a great place by the sea. The atmosphere is super-cosy and the ambiance is lovely. The quality of the food is also outstanding and everything is at a very reasonable price. Definitely, this is one of the best restaurants in Novigrad, Croatia.

4. Konoba San Benedetto Restaurant

Offering exceptional food selection, Konoba San Benedetto Restaurant offers good quality dish, having your meal prepared right in front of you, from their amazing coal grill. Aside from quality food, staff here is excellent and food has fair price. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Novigrad, Croatia.

5. Restaurant Navigare

Serving fine Istrian cuisine, Restaurant Navigare is the prefect choice if you are into seriously high end Istrian dining experience. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Novigrad, Croatia!

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1. Aminess Laguna Hotel

Located within easy walking distance to Novigrad’s old town, Aminess Laguna Hotel offers offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV. It’s a hotel with amazing hospitality, with very friendly and helpful staff, great location, excellent food and very clean – this is definitely one of the best hotels in Novigrad, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $132

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2. Hotel Cittar

The hotel is built right into the old city walls and is conveniently placed right by the port. It features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and express check-in. It’s a comfortable hotel in the centre of the town which offers pretty much everything you need!

Price Range: Double Room from $125

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3. Hotel Villa Cittar

The comfortable family hotel Villa Cittar is located in the historical centre of Novigrad, few meters away from the beach and the marina. Rooms are very well furnished, decorated and very well sized. Highly recommended, this is definitely one of the best hotels in Novigrad, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $147

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Travel Guide to Porec in Istria, Croatia

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Dubbed as the ‘Pearl of Croatian tourism’ this beautiful city lies in the Western coast of Istira, offering great cultural and historical attractions. Aside from the rich history of the city, it also offers entertaining activities, leisure, sports and even extreme activities. This is city is one great spot for sports enthusiast and adrenaline junkies with activities offered like horseback riding, cycling, paintball, carting, water skiing and more. The city also has one great historical treasure, the Euphrasian Basicilica, a UNESCO recognised and protected world heritage site.

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1. Visit Porec Old Town

Visit the beautiful historic old town of Porec, a great spot surrounded by Venetian buildings, lots of little streets with restaurants, bars and shops. Great town, great people, a real holiday feel, this is definitely one of the best things to do in Porec, Croatia.

2. See the Euphrasius Basilica

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Euphrasius Basilica is a magnificent cathedral that has been a place of worship from Roman times. With its magnificent architecture, it displays amazing mosaics and magnificent views from the easily climbed bell tower. Truly, this is one of the best things to do in Porec, Croatia.

3. Be amazed with the Jama – Grotta Baredine

Definitely a must-see and one of the best things to do in Porec, Jama – Grotta Baredine is the perfect way to escape the stress and strains of everyday life. Amazing stalactites, stalagmites and the salamanders living in the lakes at the bottom are well worth the trip.

4. See the Round Tower

Offering a magnificent view, the Round tower is a good spot to watch sundown. It sits right at the edge of the old town facing the Adriatic Sea, a lovely venue for some drinks. An interesting old building with a fantastic view, truly one of the best things to do in Porec, Croatia.

5. Try the Aquacolors

Enjoy the fun rides in Aquacolors, the perfect place for thrill-seekers! This is a great day out for children and family, and can be truly enjoyed by everyone. The place is spotlessly clean and is not very busy, so queuing for the rides isn’t that bad.  Great value and total fun, make Aquacolors one of the best things to do in Porec, Croatia.

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1. Konoba Aba Restaurant

Konoba Aba Restaurant is a sure perfect spot to spend that lazy afternoon place, as they offer real good food in a nice cosy place. What makes this restaurant a good place to chill is the happy friendly service of the crew. Definitely, this is one of the nicest restaurants in Porec, Croatia.

2. San Mauro Restaurant

The great service and incredibly tasty food is what San Mauro Restaurant offers. The staff are even amazing with their perfect service and the price of food is affordable. Definitely, this is one of the best restaurants in Porec, Croatia.

3. Konoba Daniela Restaurant

Serving great traditional Istrian cuisines, that is what Konoba Daniela Restaurant is know for. Superb food and service is what they offer, plus great food quality. It’s a great family tavern and that’s what makes it one of the best restaurants in Porec, Croatia!

4. Sv. Nikola Restaurant

If excellent food and wine is what you are looking for, then Sv. Nikola Restauarant is the place for you. The perfect view overlooking the harbour with yachts parked is a sure added factor to a great dining experience, of great ambiance. Definitely, this is one of the best restaurants in Porec, Croatia.

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1. Valamar Diamant Hotel

Catch some rays at the nearby beach and pamper yourself at Valamar Diamant Hotel’s full-service spa. It’s a nice hotel outside of Old Town Porec, well situated in a quiet area and ideal for a short walk to the old town. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in Porec, Croatia.

Price Range: Classic Double or Twin Room, Balcony from $178

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2. Hotel Laguna Parentium 

Spend the day relaxing on the beach or at a marina before returning for a meal at one of Hotel Laguna Parentium’s 2 restaurants. Hotel Laguna Parentium is a complete package of quality – quiet and comfortable with huge guest rooms, well equipped, modern and perfectly clean. Definitely one of the best hotels in Porec, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $293

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3. Valamar Crystal 

Along with a restaurant, this hotel has an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge and free WiFi in public areas. Valamar Crystal is great hotel with famous Istrian hospitality, with friendly staff. This is definitely one of the best hotels in Porec, Croatia.

Price Range: Twin Room from $215

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Travel Guide to Vrsar in Istria, Croatia

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The touristy town of Vrsar is located South of Porec, boasting one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the land. This city is an ideal place for sailing explorations since boats can be easily rented right from the town itself. Some of the must-sees in this incredible city include the St. Foska church, main town gates, summer house of Porec bishops, old romantic gates from the 13th century, roman magazine and the necropolis, romantic basilica St. Mary of the Seas and countless other historical sites. Like the rest of Istria, it’s a real food haven as well, offering Istrian specialties, like truffles, and a variety of restaurants serving the best sea foods.

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1. Visit the Skulpturenpark Vrsar

Skulpturenpark Vrsar displays a fantastic collection of modern sculpture, each piece is museum quality. Parking on the east side, you can walk down to the docks, up to the church on top then down to the Sculpture garden. It’s a visual treat around every corner, definitely one of the best things to do in Vrsar, Croatia.

2. Try the Starfish Diving Center

One of the best things to do in Vrsar, Croatia is to submerge yourself deep into the clear blue water! Spend the holidays with the Starfish team with an amazing diving experience and with their well trained staff. There are a wide variety of wrecks to dive up and down the Croatian coast, many of which can be reached from Vrsar via boat.

3. Try the Sport Center Montraker

Enjoy a full days of sport at Sport Center Montraker. The place is beautiful and it’s a lot of fun! It’s a great place to learn wake boarding and windsurfing, with lessons provided and you have a full day of all the best things to do in Vrsar, Croatia.

4. Try the Aeropark Vrsar – Tours

If you love aviation, you’ll appreciate immersing yourself in this little gem just outside the quaint little port town of Vrsar. Just pay for €5 token  and you’ll be able to roam around the collection of aircraft relics, a nice and cheap option for a day trip.

5. Try Skokpadobranom skydiving

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then one of the best things to do in Vrsar has to be an awesome skydiving experience with Skokpadobranom skydiving! You can try the unforgettable tandem jump! The airport is a tiny facility, in the countryside, with a few old and no-longer-used air planes near the airport entrance. The hand-mounted Go-Cams worn by the instructors record the whole experience so you’ll been able to enjoy watching the adventure again and again!

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1. Gradina Grill Restaurant

Gradina Grill Restaurants offers great tasting food, from seafood, meat to desserts. Aside from great food, they also offer a great selection of wines, local, classic Italian, or even French ones, they have it all here. Service is even fast and friendly, truly one of the best restaurants in Vrsar, Croatia.

2. Orlandin Restaurant

Orlandin Restaurant is definitely one of the best restaurants in Vrsar, Orlandin serving quality, real good food, served by its friendly staff. Location is even great since it is well situated on a beach setting, definitely one of the best restaurants in Vrsar, Croatia.

3. Konoba “Kod Luce” Restaurant

Konoba “Kod Luce” is a restaurant run by a family serving exceptional local specialties. Great food at very reasonable price. Highly recommended, this is truly one of the best restaurants in Vrsar, Croatia.

4. Trost Restaurant

Offering marvelous view across the harbour, Trost Restaurant is well known for serving excellently fresh seafood. Service here is even great, with their friendly staff. The great combination of the amazing views and great food make it one of the best restaurants in Vrsar, Croatia.

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1. Hotel Vista – Vrsar, Istria

Hotel Vista offers Adriatic-inspired themed rooms, with air-conditioning, parquet flooring, a private bathroom and a flat-screen satellite TV. The hotel is well situate at the center, and also has a lovely setting overlooking Vrsar and the sea.

Price Range: Twin / Double Room from $120

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2. All-inclusive Resort Funtana – Vrsar, Istria

All inclusive resort Funtana is the real deal, with its beautiful sea and rocky beaches, to the friendly and young staff. Spacious and clean room with a nice small balcony, it’s a lovely resort with good value for money.

Price Range: Double Room from $231

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3. Hotel Pineta – Vrsar, Istria

Restaurants, an indoor pool and a fitness center are available at this hotel, with free WiFi in public areas. The grand Pineta hotel is well situated on a hill, facing Vrsar, providing a beautiful view of the town, its picturesque waterfront and a string of green islets surrounding it, earning Hotel Pineta a spot as one of the best hotels in Vrsar, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $159

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Travel Guide to Rovinj in Istria, Croatia

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Considered as one of the favourite holiday destinations in the Croatian coasts, this active fishing port in the Western point of Istria has lots to offer. Rovinj is considered as the last true Meditteranean fishing port, despite Though tourism is continuously booming, and whilst businesses like hotels, cafes and restaurants emerge, Rovinj still holds to be the last true Mediterranean fishing port where one can enjoy mornings having breakfast whilst fishermen haul their catch into the harbour. It is also in Rovinj where you can find the largest Baroque building in Istria, the Church of St. Euphemia, and one of the oldest aquariums in Europe, the Rovinj Aquarium.

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1. Visit the Old Town

One of the simplest but best things do in ROvinj is to explore the ancient streets on foot. It’s vibrant place full of little artisan shops situated up and down the many endless rabbit warrens of cobbled streets. The old town has a fascinating mixture of architectural styles. Most people just do the one route up to the cathedral and back, but this town deserves to be explored more fully.

2. Take a walk at Punta Corrente

A beautiful park, great for a walk where you can amble around, enjoy the beautiful trees and the vistas of crystal clear water and the town of Rovinj. There are secluded little beaches along the path where you can hang out and enjoy the views and lapping waves, and there is a nice little cafe partway up the peninsula, great venue to enjoy a glass of Istrian wine while watching sundown.

3. See the Port of Rovinj

Enjoy the best part of an Istrian life by seeing the port of Rovinj. It’s  a happy sunny place full of small excursion and fishing boats with nearby outdoor restaurants to choose from. Enjoy watching boats come and go, fishermen mending nets and the passers by.

4. Visit the Saint Euphemia Cathedral

A must-see in Rovinj, this cathedral has a very nice story. The location is on the top so you will have to walk through the old town streets, passing along the nicely decorated homes and streets on your way up. Absolutely stunning, definitely one of the best things to do in Rovinj, Croatia.

5. Enjoy the Main Street

With lots of shops and cafe, the main street leads to the market with mostly truffles and olive oil sold. It’s a nice, modern paved area with shops on both sides, plenty of places to eat or get some Gelato. Location is right by the harbor and old town. Truly, this is one of the best things to do in Rovinj, Croatia.
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1. Monte Restaurant

Monte Restaurant is one great place known for its impeccable service and a variety of great tasting menu, which makes it special. Definitely, this has to be one of the best restaurants in Rovinj, Croatia.

2. Rio Bar Restaurant

A quaint and nicely designed restaurant, Rio Bar is a great place serving fine delicate flavoured food at reasonable price. Service is even very personal and the location is just perfect, making it one of the best restaurants in Rovinj, Croatia.

3. Barba Danilo Restaurant

Barba Danilo Restraurant is an amazing place with very helpful and attentive staff. Aside from great service, they also serve extraordinary specialties, which makes it as one of the best restaurants in Rovinj, Croatia.

4. Tipico Old Town Restaurant

Tipico Old Town Restaurant offers great tasting Italian food and is well located near the Cathedral. Excellent food and service at very reasonable price, this is definitely one of the best best restaurants in Rovinj, Croatia.

5. La Puntalina

A great dining place well situated near the shoreline, serving only the fresh seafood and fine wine with a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy. It’s a sure romantic place with its location,  perched above the sea with waves lapping gently below, definitely one of the best restraurants in Rovinj, Croatia.[/tab][tab]

1. Hotel Lone – Rovinj, Istria

Rovinj – Lone hotel is special and unique, with a focus on architectural design and well providing guest needs. Every space feels like it has been designed just for you, truly one of the best hotels in Rovinj, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $229

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2. Hotel Eden – Rovinj, Istria

A family-friendly hotel in Rovinj, Hotel Eden is well situated just by the sea. The hotel  offers outdoor and indoor pools and free beach chairs and parasols in its own bay, perfect for relaxation!

Price Range: Double Room from $229

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3. Hotel Park – Rovinj, Istria

The Hotel Park is situated in a stunning Istrian town that stands out for its beauty and historical heritage. Along with 2 restaurants, this hotel has a marina and an indoor pool and buffet breakfast is included! Quite simply, this is one of the best hotels in Rovinj, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $176

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4. All Suite Island Hotel Istra – Rovinj, Istria

This hotel features an à-la-carte restaurant, a wellness and spa centre, as well as outdoor and indoor pools, All Suite Island Hotel Istra is located on St. Andrew Island, only a 15-minute boat ride away from the Rovinj’s Old Town. It offers modern suites with a balcony and free WiFi access, all in a setting of pure, secluded paradise!

Price Range: Suite from $362

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Travel Guide to Labin in Istria, Croatia

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A great city rich in history and culture, Labin is well situated just few kilometers away from sea, on the Eastern part of Istria. This city used to be an important mining centre in the Kingdom of Italy, which later on turned out to be a struggling part of the city’s history. As a former mining centre, the city has its own mining museum, located in the Old town, which takes guests back to the mining stories of the past in Labin. This museum contains a model of the actual mine and offers a glimpse of the life of miners. Showcasing the old town, at the top of the hill is fortress Fortica. From there you can enjoy lovely views over Rabac, the sea and the Island of Cres.

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1. Visit the Vielle Ville de Labin

Spend a delightful hour exploring the hill top old town portion of Labin. The hill is a well kept, multi-coloured, multi-style maze of streets and buildings. Its origins go back to the Roman times, with very interesting history.

2. See the Art Gastro Galerie Im Palast Negri

Have a great time at Palast Negri and try their olive oil, with different kind of fish and cheese, served with the perfect wine. A great olive oil and wine experience, definitely one of the best things to do in Labin, Croatia simply because it involves olives and wine if nothing else!

3. Try Diving the Reef from Rabac

Definitely one of the best things to do in Labin, Istria is to get underwater! Hire a professional diving instructor and explore the wonders of the deep with your friends or family. For non divers, you can relax on the beautiful beach with the use of parasols and easy chairs, or try out various recreational and animation activities for all ages.

4. Visit the Fortress

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1. Velo Kafe Restaurant

Velo Kafe is a hidden gem in Labin, offering excellent food from an open grill and being served by the best and friendly staff. The relaxing atmosphere of this place is a plus, making it one of the best restaurant in Labin, Croatia.

2. Restorant Kvarner Labin Restaurant

Restorant Kvarner Labin is a perfect dining place tucked away from the main square. The restaurant serves top quality Mediterranean food and the view plus the great atmosphere added the perfect factor to make it one of the best restaurants in Labin, Croatia.

3. Due Fratelli Restaurant

Everything is just extraordinary in Due Fratellin Restaurant – the food, the ambiance, and even the service. This place has even a nice outdoor area that guests surely enjoy. You can even look inside to see your fresh fish being cooked in their fire grill. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Labin, Croatia.

4. Markus Restaurant

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1. Villa Calussovo

Set on a hill and commanding amazing views over Istria, the blend of traditional and modern luxury make this one of the best hotels in Labin. Property features include concierge services, dry cleaning, and a 24-hour front desk. Free continental breakfast is free, as well as WiFi in public areas. Did we mention that they have their own horse riding school?

Price Range: Double Room from $101.47

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2. Villa Venera

A number of activities can be enjoyed in this hotel, including fusball, badminton, archery, volleyball and basketball, as well as various massages, bioenergetic treatments and workshops. Boat excursions and jet ski, car and bicycle rental can also be arranged with here. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in Labin, Croatia.

Price Range: Studio from $145

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3. B&B Morena

A very nice and quiet place with a friendly personnel. It’s just a few minutes from the crystal sea of Rabac and Duga Luka. B&b Morena is well situated in old town Labin, a beautiful medieval city full of story. Definitely, this is one of the best hotels in Labin, Croatia.

Price Range: Twin Room from $82

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Travel Guide to Rabac in Istria, Croatia

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Rabac is one great holiday destination lying on the Eastern part of Istria. This city has a lot of bars, cafes, villas and restaurants to choose from, making it an ideal getaway. It’s a resort town as they say, which offers tourists some of the nicest beaches in Istria. It’s a great travel destination for families as well, as the city offers entertainment options and organized activities in the town, and resorts for all ages. Some of the things worth trying when you visit Rabac include boat excursion, hiking, mountain biking along the foot of the hill, kayaking, diving and more.

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1. Have fun on Girandella beach

One of the best things to do in Rabac, Croatia is to stroll along this pebbly beach along the south eastern part of Istria. It’s a sure perfect holiday destination for the whole family with great facilities and activities being offered. Feel the sea breeze and relax to the wondrous seascape.

2. Try the Movie Lounge Bar

A paradise with the perfect sea view under the trees, serving excellent Mojitos and wide range of drinks. This is the perfect venue for get together with friends. This place has a great ambiance and has some good live music. Definitely, this is one of the best places to visit in Rabac, Croatia.

3. M/S Duboka – Boat Tours

Try this super trip to the Blue Cave and Cres Island at a great value. It’s a nice boat tour, with an authentic and charming atmosphere whilst cruising. A great adventure that you’ll never forget and easily one of the best things to do in Rabac, Croatia.

4. Night out at the Perla

Serving the best cocktails in town, Perla is a great place for people wanting to relax and enjoy a drink with one of the many excellent cocktails that they serve. Coffee is also very good especially in the morning, overlooking the small harbour nearby.

5. Four Elements Art of Adventure

Making the most of the natural surroundings is one of the best things to do in Rabac, so try a kayaking tour, day trip hiking or even snorkeling with Four Elements Art of Adventure. It’s a highly recommended activity, a wonderful way to explore the coastline of Rabac and a way to learn great local knowledge.
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Pingo 2 Restaurant is a nice place situated on the beach boulevard, serving the best ice cream in town with lots of flavours to choose from. Aside from the best ice cream, the place has a great atmosphere too and great service is provided by the friendly staff and owners, making it one of the best restaurants in Rabac, Croatia.

2. Restoran Vale Vista Rabac Restaurant

If seafood is what you want, then Restoran Vale Vista Rabac it he perfect place for you! Aside from the seafood galore, the place offers a good atmosphere and beautiful view too, making it one of the best restaurants in Rabac, Croatia.

3. Pizza cut fianona Restaurant

Pizza cut fianona is nice little place located just by the beach, known to serve the best sandwiches in Rabac. A restaurant serving fantastic food at reasonable prices, definitely one of the best restaurants in Rabac, Croatia.

4. Ristorante Nostromo Restaurant

Ristorante Nostromo is  an excellent restaurant know for its fresh and delicious food. Excellent service from the highly motivated and fun staff is an added factor, making it one of the best restaurants in Rabac, Croatia.
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1. Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence – Rabac, Istria

Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence is a hotel with excellent location, of stunning sea views. It’s a very good and modern hotel offering very good service and value for money, which makes it one of the best hotels in Rabac, Croatia.

Price Range: Twin Room from $189

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2. Adoral – Rabac, Istria

Unwind in the stylishly decorated, bright and sophisticated surroundings of Hotel Adoral, which provides superbly equipped accommodation with magnificent sea views in Rabac. The property is very close to the sea yet far enough from the busy and crowded streets of the resort. Design, tranquility and location combined to make Adoral one of the best hotels in Rabac, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $162

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3. Hotel Narcis – Rabac, Istria

Hotel Narcis is a 5-minute walk from the beach in one of the most picturesque small villages of the Istrian bays, Rabac. It offers spacious air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV, and along with a restaurant, this hotel has an indoor pool and a fitness center. Everything required to be one of the best hotels in Rabac, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $92

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Travel Guide to Pazin in Istria, Croatia

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Pazin is dubbed as the “heart of Istria”, as the city serves as an easy access from most visited tourist centres like Umag and Rovinj. In this laid back city is where you will find the largest and well preserved medieval fort in Istria, the Pazin Castle (Kastel). Pazin is a great base point since the city has buses, trains and roads connecting the town with nearly every Istrian destination. It’s also a great gastronomic destination since the city has many original Istrian taverns and wine cellars. With its rich medieval heritage, it is also a good choice for one-day excursions from the coast to the Green Istria.
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1. Try the Zip Line Pazinska Jama

A stunning panorama on Pazin abyss and an amazing experience! Tour guides are amazing, making sure everything goes smoothly, and shows beauty and details of the abyss on your way to the zip lining. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Pazin, Croatia for anyone who loves to enjoy nature and get a bit of a rush at the same time!

2. See the Pazin Chasm

The medieval castle is well maintained and inside an interesting ethnological museum. The chasm is fantastic, you can see it partially from the castle, on a second side from a bridge, by going down to the river, and faster from the zip wire. This wonder of nature can be seen from all angles, definitely one of the best things to do in Pazin, Croatia.

3. Visit the Church of St. Mary of Skriljine

A small medieval church with beautiful frescos from the 15th century. The most beautiful part is located on the inside of the wall above the entrance, and when leaving the church, lift up the view, on the wall just above the door is the beautiful watching image of Jesus.

4. Try the Abyss of Pazin

This is truly a remarkable exploration and one of the best things to do in Pazin, Croatia! Inside you can find hidden treasures, prehistoric little creatures and extreme darkness. You’ll have to climb rocks, ride zip lines and cross rivers.  Totally recommended for adventurers!

5. Visit the Buffet Bunker

True gem off the beaten track, Buffet Bunker is a little cafe in downtown Pazin. Take your time to enjoy silence on a nice little terrace, with the best coffee in Istria. Truly, this is one of the best things to do in Pazin, Croatia.[/tab][tab]

1. Konoba Vela Vrata Restaurant

Konoba Vela Vrata is a very good restaurant serving traiditional Istrian food, and even homemade pasta. Aside from great food, service here is excellent too and the prices are reasonable, making it one of the best restaurants in Pazin, Croatia.

2. Agroturizam Ograde Restaurant

The food here is delicious and the place is romantic. There are lots of farm animals so the small children can see real animals in here as well. Excellent food, very nice people, a combination which makes it one of the best restaurants in Pazin, Croatia.

3. Peperone Restaurant

Peperone is an ideal place for great food plus relaxation. They serve fresh and local food, all at reasonable prices. Service is even flexible, making it one of the best restaurants in Pazin, Croatia.

4. Rotonda Restaurant

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1. Apartments Zarečki Krov – Pazin, Istria

Located in Zarečje near Pazin, Apartments Zarečki Krov offers a large green garden with a common terrace, a children’s playground and free-to-use barbecue facilities. All apartments are air-conditioned and offer a furnished terrace with a garden view, all you need from a hotel in Pazin, Istria!

Price Range: Two-Bedroom Apartment from $79

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2. Resort Čiže- Pazin, Istria

Situated in Pazin, Istria 43 km from Trieste, Resort Čiže features an outdoor pool and views of the mountains. This seasonal outdoor pool and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside make this one of the best hotels in Pazin!

Price Range: Twin / Double Room from $107

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Travel Guide to Zminj in Istria, Croatia

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Zminj is a small town of Croatia and known to be the centre of Istria and old intersection, offering magnificent landscapes and remains of its history. The natural beauty of its landscapes serve as a great spot for hiking and even cycling tours. The city is a great escape for travelers looking a less tourist driven place and to those who want to experience a real authentic Istrian experience. [tab_nav type=”three-up” id=”zminj”][tab_nav_item title=”Things to Do in Zminj” active=”true”][tab_nav_item title=”Restaurants in Zminj” active=””][tab_nav_item title=”Where to Stay in Zminj” active=””][/tab_nav][tabs][tab active=”true”]

1. Festinsko Kraljevstvo

The whole cave tour lasts for about 20 minutes and is possible to do with younger kids as well. The cave interior is really beautiful and amazing. The guide is very knowledgeable and tells a lot about the geology of the cave systems in a fun and entertaining way. Highly recommended, especially for families, definitely one of the best things to do in Zminj, Croatia.

2. Crkva Majke Bozje od Svetomora 

Romanesque bell tower and beautiful angels, this church is located along the road between Svetvincenat and Zminj. In front of the church is a beautiful 18 meter high Romanesque bell tower. There are human figures on the porch of the church which are the work of local artisans from Žminj. Picturesquely in the landscape, real eye catcher, definitely one of the best things to do in Zminj, Croatia.

3. Visit the Churches of Holy Trinity, and St.Foška

Holy Trinity is a small church in Zminj with beautiful frescoes painted wayback 15th century. St. Anthony is an equally beautiful church built in the 14th century with Glagolitic graffiti to be found inside. St.Foška was built in the 9th century with a statue of the saint Calvary – added in the 18th century. A visit to these architectural gems, definitely one of the best things to do in Zminj, Croatia.

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1. Konoba Puli Pineta Restaurant

Konoba Puli Pineta is a cosy little place located close to the town centre of Zminj, with great interiors, of simple furniture and a nice fireplace. Quality here is top notch and the staff accommodates guests very well, making it one of the best restaurants in Zminj, Croatia.

2.  Pizzeria Orhideja Restaurant

Pizzeria Orhideja is well known for the tastiest pizza that they serve in town. Incredible crust, great taste, at a very reasonable price, truly one of the best restaurants in Zminj, Croatia.

3. Pod Ladonjon Restaurant

Pod Ladonjon Restaurant is a secret surprise the town of Zminj serving the best Istrian bean soup and fuzi with truffles, perfect for rainy days. The friendly service of the staff is an added factor too, making it one of the best restaurants in Zminj, Croatia.

4. OPG Agroturizam Familija Ferlin Restaurant

OPG Agroturizam Familiha Ferlin is a unique place serving as a quality exampole of agritourism in Istria. This restaurant has a familial atmosphere and has the best staff serving guests. Food is fantastic too, making it one of the best restaurants in Zminj, Croatia.

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1. Holiday Home Marta – Zminj, Istria

Located in Žminj’s Old Town, Holiday Home Marta is a restored Istrian-style house with a stone roof and rustic-style décor. This 2-bedroom property offers heating and air conditioning. Definitely one of the best hotels in Zmunj, Croatia.

Price Range: Holiday Home from $99

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2. Villa Murva – Zminj, Istria

Featuring a 2000 m² garden and a sun terrace with heated outdoor swimming pool, Villa Murva is set in a traditional Istrian stone house in village Gradišće, 3.5 km from Žminj. The interior is air-conditioned and comprises a spacious living room with a fireplace, leather sofa seating and plasma satellite TV with home cinema system. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in Zminj, Croatia.

Price Range: Five-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool from $750

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3. Holiday Home Stancia Cicada – Zminj, Istria

Offering an outdoor pool and a sun terrace with sun loungers, Guesthouse Stancia Cicada is set in a restored stone-walled farmhouse located in quiet surroundings in Žminj. A number of natural caves can be explored in the surroundings of the property too. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in Zminj, Croatia.

Price Range: Triple Room from $124

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Travel Guide to Motovun in Istria, Croatia

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Motovun, or Motovun-Montona, is located at the northern part of Istria, overlooking the Mirna river valley. This city is pretty close to the most visited tourist cities of the Adriatic, Porec, Rovinj and Umag. It’s also the perfect destination for tourists seeking for excursions. For ballooning lovers, this city can also be a great option since the favourable microclimate of the city enables flying in balloons all year round, making Motovun-Montona hosts several ballooning events. The city forest is also rich in truffles, an strong-smelling fungus considered as a culinary delicacy and can be found with the aid of dogs or pigs.

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1. See the Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun

Once at the top, you will not be disappointed with the views and stunning atmosphere of this place. Take a walk around the ancient walls and just soak up the atmosphere. Truly, this is one of the best things to do in Motovun, Croatia.

2. Try Paragliding Tandem Istra

Try this unreal experience, paragliding! Tour instructor is very knowledgeable and professional. The chat before taking off with helps in clearing all the doubts and ease the nerves. Excellent experience, definitely one of the best things to do in Motovun, Croatia.

3. See the Ancient City Walls

If looking for something a bit off the beaten path, then visit Motovun. Spend a day at the outdoor cafe sipping a cappuccino while taking in the wondrous view of the valley below. This is a quaint little place with a breathtaking site. This is the best place to view all the natural beauty surrounding Motovun, definitely one of the best things to do in Motovun, Croatia.

4. Try Truffle Hunting

Learn about the whole business of truffle hunting – how the dogs are trained and all about the area. Enjoy the experience and gain a real insight into professional truffle hunting. Truly, this is one of the best things to do in Motovun, Croatia.

5. See the Bell Tower

This bell tower is located beside the main square of Motovun, a small hillside town in the Istria section of Croatia. It’s a nice place to visit with beautiful stony streets, very old buildings, high walls, tasty food around and very unique footpaths. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Motovun, Croatia.

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1. Konoba Mondo Restaurant

If truffles are your thing, then Konoba Mondo is the right place for your. This restaurant offers great atmosphere, great food presentation, and even an excellent service, making it one of the best restaurants in Motovun, Croatia.

2. Pod Napun Restaurant

Pod Napun is a hidden gem of Motovun, serving delicious truffled infused food. The service is even great and the views from the restaurant, across the stunning valley, is a plus, making it one of the best restaurants in Motovun, Croatia.

3. Hotel Kastel Restaurant

Hotel Kastel restaurant is a lovely place offering magnificent views over the Istrian countryside. Aside from the location, they also serve excellent food, the best truffles and even local wines. Service is great too, making it one of the best restaurants in Motovun, Croatia.

4. Pod Voltom Restaurant

If you want to have amazing food and the best truffles for your money, this is the place to visit. Pod Voltom is a cosy konoba offering a relaxed atmosphere, nice view and the best serviec, making it one of the best restaurants in Motovun, Croatia.

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1. Provvidenza – Motovun, Istria

This property features a garden with a sun terrace. Provvidenza is a detached villa located in Motovun boasting views of the garden. Definitely, this is one of the best villas in Motovun, Croatia.

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2. Houses of Motovun – Motovun, Istria

Situated in Motovun in Istria, Houses of Motovun is a traditional istrian stone house with wooden floors, built in the 1900s, approximately 20 km away from the Adriatic Sea. It features en-suite rooms with work desks, wooden floors and free Wi-Fi.  Definitely one of the best hotels in Motovun, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $85

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3. Guest House Valentino – Motovun, Istria

Guest House Valentino features a large garden with an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities, Guest House Valentino is located 3.5 km from the picturesque town of Motovun. It is surrounded by vineyards and greenery, and offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free WiFi. Definitely one of the best hotesl in Motovun, Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $45

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Travel Guide to Rezanci in Istria, Croatia

Reznci is a village of Istria County located between Pula and Pazin. The way of living for most people here includes agricultural and animal husbandry. One way to enjoy Rezanci is to pay a visit to its museum-gallery called “The Hill”, displaying wood artworks as well as canvas paintings.

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1. Visit “The Hill”

A museum-gallery with displayed wood artworks that exposes Josip Bilic Gaspar. It also has great canvas paintings that work Draženka ducklings. It also has lots of old tools used by the natives of the village of Reznci.

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1. Villas Adagio – Reznci, Istria

Villas Adagio is a complex of luxurious villas set in a peaceful area, 6.6 km away from Reznci. Each villa offers its own private swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and parasols. Truly one of the best accommodation in Croatia.

Price Range: Superior Three-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool from $146

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2. Villa Murva – Reznci, Istria

8.3 km away from Reznci, Villa Murva is a great property with air-con interior and comprises a super spacious living room with fireplace. It also has a garden fitted with a seating area, a gazebo and table football and darts. Definitely one of the best accommodations in Croatia.

Price Range: Five-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool from $750

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3. Hotel La Grisa – Reznci, Istria

Hotel La Grisa, 9.5 km away from Reznci, is well situated on the beach and close from the Holy Trinity Church. Its features include  a restaurant, a nightclub, and a bar/lounge plus free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking. Truly one of the best accommodation in Croatia.

Price Range: Double Room from $90

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Travel Guide to Buzet in Istria, Croatia

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Buzet, another town in Istria lying in the northern part of the county is known to be the ‘Istrian Truffle Capital’. Aside from truffle hunting and eating, best way to enjoy this town is to take a walk along the narrow streets and squares. It is also in Buzet where the off the beaten track destination can be found, like the Vrh, famous for its sparkling wine. Rich in vineyards, this place also has olive trees cultivated and even olive mills.

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1. Truffle hunting – Karlic Tartufi

Karlic Tartufi is a must if you are traveling to Croatia or surrounding areas. From the most delicious food, to hunting in the forest for truffles – this experience is something you shouldn’t miss! Definitely one of the best things to do in Buzet, Croatia.

2. See the town of Hum

The town is interesting given it is supposedly the smallest city in the world. It is worth a stop and there are amazing views of the countryside. There are many historic features in this small place but the highlight is the Konoba(restaurant) packed every day and serving delicious family food from the region. Truly one of the best things to don in Buzet, Croatia.

3. Aura Distillery

This place makes a variety of brandies along with some jams and chocolate. The whole interior is exquisite and the staff is welcoming. Try all the rakias and of course, buy some of them because you won’t find such tasty liquors anywhere. Definitely one of the best things to do in Buzet, Croatia.

4. Try Gral Putovanja – Day Tours

Witnes breathtaking views of Istria and the beautiful sunset during the evening ride, a unique experience and viewpoint which no any other tours would be able to rival. The team is extremely passionate about hot air ballooning and is constantly engaging tourist throughout. Definitely one of the best things to do in Buzet, Croatia.

5. Drop by at Natura tartufi

If looking for a variety of truffle products, then you should go and drop by at Natura tartufi. Prices are reasonable, definitely a nice surprise, and one of the best things to do in Buzet, Croatia.

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1. Konoba Vrh Restaurant

Konoba Vrh is a nice dining place serving traditional Istrian food at very affordabel price. Every dish has a superb taste due to the amount of truffles that they use. Aside from great food, the wonderful atmosphere and excellent service make this place one of the best restaurants in Buzet, Croatia.

2. Konoba Most Restaurant

Konoba Most Restaurant is a simple yet nice family restaurant serving real good Istrian food. Aside from the delicious food and wine that they serve, it is the friendly atmosphere that makes this place one of the best restaurants in Buzet, Croatia.

3. Restaurant Old River

The restaurant is situated in the beautiful valleys, although roadside, its terraces back on to the fresh gardens and to the river edge. The truffles are to die for and they compliment every dish on the menu. Truly, this is one of the best restaurants in Buzet, Croatia.

4. Agroturizam Mlini Restaurant

Agroturizam Mlini is a farm house serving absolutely tasty, fresh and organic specialties. Real good food and nice experience, that’s what makes this place one of the best restaurants in Buzet, Croatia.

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1. Hotel Fontana – Buzet, Istria

Hotel Fontana is on Fontana Square in the centre of Buzet in Istria, offering air-conditioned rooms with minibars, free Wi-Fi in public areas and free parking.  The hotel’s à la carte restaurant serves local cuisine with truffle specialities, accompanied by fine Istrian wines. Definitely one of the best hotels in Buzet, Croatia.

Price Range: Twin / Double Room from $75

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2. Apartmani Xenia & Desiderio – Buzet, Istria

Set in a quiet area in Buzet, Apartment Xenia offers a modern self-catering accommodation unit with free WiFi, a terrace and access to a garden with barbecue facilities. It’s a newly renovated property apartment, elegantly furnished and comes with a well-equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a living area with a sofa. Truly one of the best accommodation in Buzet, Croatia.

Price Range: Apartment from $45

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3. Vela Sterna B&B – Buzet, Istria

A hotel with rooms having seating area to relax in after a busy day. Some units have a wonderful garden view too. Truly, this is one of the best accommodation in Buzet, Croatia.

Price Range: Double or Twin Room with terrace from $61

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  1. WOW! A really great article! Thanks for sharing all these information =)

    Very kind regards from Patricia

  2. This is such an incredible guide and does this amazing place justice- I love your tips, and the photos are absolutely stunning!

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Written by Jonathan Howe

Jon is the Old White Monkey. Born in the south of England, Jon spent much of his early childhood in Kenya and Malawi, before moving to the Lake District in North West England aged 13 where he acquired a northern accent and a love for lakes, mountains, waterfalls, black pudding and gravy! After 14 years of studying and working in various (very various!) jobs, he too felt the need to get out and see the rest of the world. He loves tropical beaches, surfing, hiking, the outdoors, yoga, adventure sports and motorbikes!

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