7 Days in istria: The ultimate Itinerary for first-time travelerss

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Are you dreaming of the Istria holidays but don’t know where to start? Here is our Istria itinerary for 7 days covering beautiful landscape spotting, hilltop towns, crystal clear beaches, delicious food, world class-wine and a pure Croatian atmosphere.

by LET’S TRAVEL

May 2021


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1.DAY : PULA

During the first three days of your Istria holidays, you’ll be based in the historic town of Pula – the perfect starting point for exploring the region. The best way to reach this region is by flying into the Pula Airport. The Pula Airport may seem small at first, however, it serves a relatively large number of airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet, SAS, Norwegian and Lufthansa.

On the first day of this 7-Day Istria Itinerary, take your time to explore the city of Pula, the largest town in Istria. Start your day with a private guided tour of the most famous sight in Pula – the Roman amphitheatre which is called the Arena. Built during the 1st century AD and completed under the reign of Emperor Flavius, this amphitheatre is the sixth-largest in the world. Designed to host gladiatorial contests and seating up to 20,000 spectators, it still serves the mass-entertainment needs of the local populace in the shape of summer events and shows. Other historic sites worth checking out are the Temple of Augustus ( Augustov Hram in Croatian), the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi and Hercules’ Gate (Herkulova vrata in Croatian, also known as Porta Ercole).

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2. DAY: CAPE KAMENJAK

Just a 30-minute drive south of Pula lies Cape Kamenjak Nature Park, a little slice of paradise with the largest number of sunny days on the peninsula. If you’d like to combine exploring the park with a bit of activity  take a three-hour bike tour of Cape Kamenjak from Pula. Along the way discover picturesque bays, valleys and white-sand beaches and enjoy panoramic views. Admire native flora and fauna lining the route, and pass the ruins of ancient traditional houses. If you want relax just pack your towel and sun cream and spend day sunbathing, cliff jumping or chilling at the beach. 

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3. DAY: BRIJUNI NATIONAL PARK

On a third day of 7 day Istria Itinerary  take a day trip to the nearby Brijuni National Park. Start your morning with a coffee in village of Fažana before setting off on an adventure to Brijuni National Park.

Brijuni National Park is a large group of islands located on the western coast of Istria. The Brijuni archipelago consists of 14 islands and islets situated on the surface of 744 hectares. 

Brijuni was the official residence of the former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito for three decades and thanks to him, the natural beauty of the Brijuni Islands has been preserved.

Visit Veliki Brijun’s gorgeous safari park.  Take a walk or a ride with zebras, llamas, ostriches, peacocks, sacred cows and even see an Indian elephant. Meet Koki, one of the rare examples of yellow-crested cockatoos  Tito’s gift to his granddaughter Aleksandra.  Koki still speaks, shakes hands and animates visitors as a true host!

You can also visit Tito’s museum and Botanical garden or find out more about the island at a recently opened Boathouse – Presentation and Education Centre of the Brijuni National Park.

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4. DAY: ROVINJ

On day four of your Istria holidays, you’ll be visiting Rovinj. Base yourself here for 3 days of sightseeing. Rovinj will delight you with its devotion to tradition, magnificent architecture and landscapes that have remained unspoilt by urban development. Take a walk through its streets and see three of the most famous Rovinj streets, starting with Carrera Street, full of galleries and small sweet shops, passing to the Bregovita Street, considered the most beautiful one, and reaching the must-see Grisia Street, renowned for the traditional painting exhibitions organized in it.

The Largest baroque building in Istria, the Tower of St. Euphemia, is also the highest point in Rovinj, offering an enchanting view of the town and the archipelago that surrounds it. The Church tower is a replica of the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, with a bronze statue of Saint Euphemia on its spire. The statue spins around to show the direction of the wind with her right hand.

If you would like to explore islands in the Rovinj archipelago, we suggest you visit St. Andrew (Red Island). See its trim trails and walkways, maintained gardens with around 120 plant species and an old castle housing the Count Huetterot Mini Museum, and a mausoleum on the island of Maškin.

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5. DAY:MOTOVUN AND GROZNJAN

On the fifth days of your, Istria itinerary visit timeless hilltop villages; Motovun and Groznjan. Motovun is an iconic hill town that is worth a quick visit. The medieval walls of Motovun, fortified by the Venetians in the 14th century, enclose a path that allows you to walk along the outskirts of the town. From the path, you can see hilly vineyards and the Mirna River, as well as the dense forests where the award-winning truffles of Istria grow. If you want to explore Istria with the locals and enjoy truffle delicacies degustation book a Truffle Hunting Tour. After visiting Motovun, continue your way up to Grožnjan.

Grožnjan, or as the Italians like to call it Grisignana is the town of artists and music. During summer, Grožnjan lives and breathes music, the labyrinth of its streets pervaded by the sounds of jazz and classical music, guitars and pianos, violins and violoncellos, children and adults. Its artistic revival began in 1965 when artists from all over the world inhabited the empty houses abandoned by Italians after WWII.

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6 DAY: POREC

Stroll the straight Roman streets of Porec and head to the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a World Heritage Site. The complex is quite extensive and you’ll need at least a couple of hours to explore it, taking in the baptistry, the bell tower and what’s left of the Bishop’s Palace from where Euphrasius directed operations. And there’s little doubt this is his work, the bishop having left his likenesses and inscriptions all over the strikingly bright mosaics around the Basilica. Glittering gold colouring and sparkling semi-precious gems all feature amid the sumptuous mosaics, a pristine example of early Byzantine architecture. Check out more Roman ruins and then take a short boat ride to St. Nicholas island for a dip in the sea. 

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7. DAY: PUNTA CORRENTE FOREST PARK AND BALE

Rent a bike and explore the forest park Punta Corrente (Golden Cape) one of the most beautiful natural attractions in this area. End the day with a stroll through the very sweet village of Bale. Take a walk around the picturesque cobbled old town, gazing up at the stone houses, and perhaps popping in a shop or two to check out some of the beautiful handcrafted wares or local produce. If you are a wine lover, there are two wineries near Bale that are worth visiting: Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery and Relais and Winery San Tommaso.

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Hopefully, this Istria Itinerary inspired you to plan your Istria Holidays. Whether you’re looking to soak up the culture of the hilltop cities and villages, take a dip in the crystal clear sea of the Istrian coast or bask in the sun with a glass of wine at hand, we’ve got the trip for you. We’re dedicated to helping you find the best way to see Istria in 10 days and all our itineraries can be tailored and tweaked to suit your specific travel needs. Get in touch with us to start planning your very first Croatian escape today!


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