The largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Istria is a must see destination. Istria is a country of colours – blue and green – which nature used profusely when it created this unique heart-shaped peninsula.
But Istria appears in more than blue and green. 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, which washes the coasts of Istria.
Grey is the colour of the inland peninsula. Grey, stone-walled towns are located at the tops of wooded hills, the grey sacral and antiquity buildings are scattered throughout the tranquil countryside and grey fertile land gives a different perspective of Istria. This is the other side of the peninsula, at first sight, far from the coast and the sea, but at the same time inextricably tied to the Mediterranean way of life.
The third colour of Istria is white. This is the colour of Učka, the highest mountain, which offers spectacular views of the north part of the Adriatic.
Interfusion of many nations has written the rich history of Istria, leaving their trace in architecture, culture and customs. This heritage lives on in melodic dialects, sound of the traditional instrument roženice, in legends, mosaics and frescos, dry stone walls and typical little huts called kažuni.
Your experience of Istria will be rounded off by a tour of wine roads or olive oil paths. In authentic taverns and on family farms, your hosts will greet you with a glass of Istrian Malvasia and Teran, prosciutto and cheese, homemade fuži spiced with aromatic truffles and with traditional fried pastry fritule and kroštule to sweeten your day!
However, not only red, grey and white colour the Istrian peninsula. Istria would not be what it is without blue and green, colours of the sea, forests and at the same time of the best holiday destinations on the entire peninsula, FeelIstria Apartments.
All the colours of Istria are precisely what you need to escape the tiresome routine of everyday life. Come, Istria is waiting for you.
CROATIA has a lot to offer holiday makers and property investors, not least its mediterranean climate, rugged coastlines, landscape and scenery. Enjoy its many cities, towns and picturesque villages together with its rich history and cultural heritage, wonderful festivals and cuisine. Moreover, since joining the EU in 2013 and with the ease of access from the rest of Europe, Croatia is emerging as a good residential property investment option. Now is the time to invest in property and your dream home in the sun.
Regarded as the most reliable bet for second homes in Eastern Europe, among Croatia’s many charms are breathtaking, though seldom sandy beaches, Venetian-style towns and no less than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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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.
Istria (Istra to Croatians) is the heart-shaped 3600-sq-km peninsula just south of Trieste, Italy. 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 swim or rest while you watch the array of boats on the clear blue seas.
Pazin, in the interior, is the administrative capital of the region, while coastal Pula, with its thriving shipyard is the economic centre. Tourism along the coast centres on the fetching fishing village of Rovinj and the ancient Roman town of Poreč.
The northern part of the peninsula belongs to Slovenia, while the Ćićarija mountains (an extension of the Dinaric Range) in the northeastern corner separate Istria from the continental mainland.
Just across the water is Italy, but the pervasive Italian influence makes it seem much closer. Istria’s historic ties to Italy are cemented by the floods of Italian tourists in summer, enchanted by the fresh seafood, excellent pasta and the fact that Italian is a second language in Istria.