Istria is the heart-shaped 3600-sq-km peninsula just south of Trieste, Italy and is a must visit destination in Croatia, the country of many colours and which nature used profusely when it created Istria.
Red is the colour of western Istria, the colour of earth which has been feeding the people of Istria for centuries. It is also the colour of wine coming from Istrian vineyards, and the colour of unforgettable sunsets over the Adriatic.
Grey is the colour of the inland peninsula. Grey, stone-walled towns are located at the tops of wooded hills. The grey sacral and ancient buildings are scattered throughout the tranquil countryside and the grey fertile land gives a different perspective of Istria.
White is the colour of Učka, which offers spectacular views of the Adriatic and the Učka Natural Reserve welcomes more and more hikers each year.
On the eastern slopes of Mount Učka there lies a deep, mysterious gorge, whose shade hides a story of over a thousand years old. Here, you could try the Trebišća-Perun history and mythology trail, an all-day hiking trip?
If you are looking for one of the most beautiful panoramas in this part of Europe, then you simply must visit Mount Učka and climb up to its highest peak, Vojak (1401 m) and its stone tower-viewing point.
All the colours of Istria are precisely what you need to escape the tiresome routine of everyday life. Come on, Istria is waiting for you.
Try a tour of wine roads or olive oil paths. On vineyards and family farms, your hosts will greet you with a glass of Istrian Malvasia and Teran, prosciutto and cheese or homemade fuži laden with aromatic truffles and with traditional fried pastry fritule and kroštule to sweeten your day!
As the most developed Croatian region, Istria already enjoys the thriving tourism industry and is currently experiencing the highest capital growth of all Croatian regions. Closest and most easily accessible from Western Europe, its landscape of green rolling hills, deep valleys and fertile plains, with vast vineyards and olive groves has been compared to that of Tuscany and Provence.
While the scenic interior is beginning to attract artists and artisans to its hilltop villages, the rugged and indented coastline is enormously popular with the sun and sea set. Its beautiful coastline stretches 430km and many of the beaches are rocky but flat so you will always find somewhere to sunbathe and to swim in clear blue seas.