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Sightseeing in Istria - what to see. Complete travel guide

Istria is the westernmost province of Croatia, most of its territory is covered with rich pine forests. Its picturesque nature along with its mild climate has made this place irresistible in the eyes of tourists. Travelers come to admire the local beauty, enjoy the hot sun on beaches and visit the most unusual destinations of the region.
A vast majority of travelers visiting the scenic peninsula successfully combine discovering sights and dining in popular restaurants. The history of the region is very interesting; during … Open
Most of the attractions of Istria are of natural origin. During an excursion to the Brijuni archipelago, you can see fabulous uninhabited islands with pristine beaches and groves of exotic plants. The archipelago consists of 14 small islands, each of which has its unique landscapes. Limski Zaljev also deserves attention; this narrow bay has formed in the days of the Ice Age. Today its entire south side is occupied by deciduous forests, and the northern side is covered with coniferous forests.
From a historical and architectural point of view the town of Pula will be interesting; its main attraction is an ancient amphitheater. The building is 133 meters long and 105 meters wide. During warmer months, the arena of the amphitheater hosts colorful festivals and performances, which will impress any traveler. Another architectural monument has survived since the times of the Roman Empire. It is Temple of Roma and Augustus dating back to 1 BC. As for younger architectural monuments, the city council building is noteworthy. This medieval building was erected on the site of the ancient temple of the goddess Diana. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Istria will surprise fans of event tourism with a wide selection of interesting themed events. Summer is considered the festival season on the peninsula; this time colorful festivities come … Open
Resorts of Istria are the most popular and visited tourist regions in Croatia. In addition to fine hotels, there are many sanatoriums and health centers here. Gourmets will appreciate a variety of restaurants and local dishes including roasted lamb, exotic seafood and special sheep cheese, which is must-try to every connoisseur of fine dining. Every cafe and restaurant offers an extensive wine list; local varieties of table wines are among the best in the world. Istria offers numerous entertainment options too. Outdoor enthusiasts, fans of excursions and those who just want to relax in a calm atmosphere would like these places.
Undoubtedly, the main entertainment of Istria is the exploration of nature and historical attraction. In the region, there are perfect conditions for active holidays. The enchanting city of Ravna Gora attracts fans of mountain climbing, hiking, and cycling. There are excellent cycle paths and a wide choice of sports grounds. It is also interesting to visit the resort in winter. There are wonderful places for skiing, sledding, and other winter entertainments. Those who like skiing at night will be surprised too. They can visit the nearby resort of Shii. There is an excellent ski route with the night lighting.
The largest town and tourist center of the region is Porec; it has more tourist facilities than other towns of Istria. In the historic city travelers will be able to find not only unique … Open
Nature admirers should definitely take a trip to Plitvice Lakes. They are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are a main attraction of the namesake national park. The complex of lakes is incredibly beautiful. It includes 16 lakes connected by terrace waterfalls. This large water complex is surrounded by pristine forests. The tourists can take here different excursions. In summer, they can take a motorboat trip. There is also an observation railway on the territory of the park and the small train runs it.
Those who prefer sightseeing and exploring historical places should visit Hum. It is a record-breaker of the Guinness World Records and has been officially recognized as the smallest town in the world. It is located in the heart of Istria, so it attracts more travelers. The entire territory of the town is a monument of national significance. It is better to explore it on foot. Here, you can see incredibly beautiful frescoes created in the 12th century and admire historical buildings built in the early Middle Ages. One of the main attractions of the town is St.Jerome Chapel that is a unique building in the Roman style.
Istria is the recognized center of eco-tourism, which has long been chosen by fans of sports entertainment and hiking. Travelers can explore natural attractions while walking or cycling; … Open
In summer, Istria attracts fans of beach recreation. Despite the fact that almost all the beaches in the region are artificial and covered with large concrete blocks. The coast has high environmental indicators. Here, you can relax even with little children safely and comfortably.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Istria
♥   Castle 'Dvigrad' , 7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Monkodonja' , 17.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nesactium' , 24.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Trsat Castle' , 48.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Muggia' Muggia, 54 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Istria
♥   Forest Park 'Zlatni rt - Škaraba' , 21.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Brijuni' , 27 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Forest Park 'Busoler' , 29.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Forest Park 'Kašteja' , 35.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Landscape Park 'Krajinski park Strunjan' , 50.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Pulska Arena

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
The reconstruction has been supervised by the world-famous architect Pietro Nobile. By 1932 the amphitheater has been fully prepared for large-scale events. Currently, the theater has 5000 seats. Visitors will have an opportunity to diversify the rest with a lot of interesting events. They can stroll through the underground rooms of the amphitheater, as well as look into the archaeological museum located on its territory. During the reconstruction of the arena, scientists discovered many unique artifacts that make up the museum's exposition. … Read further
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