6 Best Things To Do in Istria

As the largest peninsula of the Adriatic, Istria captures everything there is to love about Croatia: peaceful rolling hills, culture-filled small towns, and the dramatic beauty of the coastline with clear blue water and rocky beaches. But it doesn’t end there – Istria is also full of fun and interesting things to do, from the sensational Baredine Cave, the ancient Pula Arena, the dazzling Brijuni Islands, scrumptious Mediterranean seafood in waterfront restaurants in Rovinj, and more. Keep reading for our list of the best things to do in Istria that should not be missed!

Pula Arena

Start your journey in Pula, a seafront city known for its protected harbour, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. Take a step back in time at the Pula Arena, known as one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. This colossal arena, dating back to the 1st century, showcases the architectural prowess of ancient Rome. In fact, it’s the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers entirely preserved. Gladiators once battled in the arena, but today, the venue is used for many different reasons – Pula Film Festival, various concerts, opera, ballet, sports competitions, and more. It’s open daily and costs around 10 euros for adults.

Pula Arena Istria

Baredine Cave

Tunnelling to depths of 433 feet (132 metres), the Jama-Grotta Baredine (Baredine Cave) is one of Croatia’s most impressive natural wonders. Situated in the western part of Istria, 6 km northeast of Poreč, this geomorphologic monument of nature should certainly be on your list of things to do in Istria. Visitors come from far and wide to admire the dramatic stalactites, stalagmites, and underground sculptures created by persistent, constant water flows. The cave is also famous for a subterranean lake that is filled with cave olm, fish-like creatures endemic to the region. Entry to the cave costs around 11 euros and a sightseeing tour is included, lasting around 40 minutes.

Baredine Cave  Istria

Rovinj Old Town

Meander through the charming cobbled streets of Rovinj’s Old Town, a postcard-perfect setting with pastel-coloured houses, narrow alleys, and stunning sea views. Climb to the top of St. Euphemia’s Basilica for panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the town below. Enjoy the local art scene, and quaint boutiques, and indulge in fresh and delicious seafood at one of the many waterfront restaurants.

Rovinj Old Town

Truffle Hunting in Motovun

Istria is renowned for its truffles, and a visit to Motovun offers the chance to experience the thrill of truffle hunting. Join a local truffle hunter and his trusty dog as they guide you through the lush forest in search of these elusive treasures. After the hunt, savour the exquisite flavours of truffle-infused dishes in one of Motovun’s charming restaurants.

Motovun Istria

Wine Tasting in Buje

Istria boasts a burgeoning wine scene, and the hilltop town of Buje is a haven for wine enthusiasts. Explore the local vineyards and cellars, sampling a variety of indigenous Istrian wines such as Malvasia and Teran. No less than 23 winemakers have settled in the area around Buje to produce excellent wines! Many wineries, such as Bastiàn, offer wine tastings, allowing you to learn about the winemaking process while enjoying breathtaking views of the Istrian countryside.

Buje Istria

Brijuni Islands

Escape to the Brijuni Islands, a collection of 14 islets that showcase the natural beauty and historical significance of the region. Once a summer residence for the Yugoslav President Tito, the islands are now a national park and well worth a visit. Veliki Brijun is the largest, most beautiful and most visited Brijuni island. Explore the Safari Park, and ancient Roman ruins, discover dinosaur footprints dating from 110-130 million years ago, and enjoy the tranquillity of these idyllic islands. Hop on one of the regular ferries from Fažana to this unspoilt archipelago. Travel time is about 20 minutes and tickets can be purchased at the marina in Fažana.

Brijuni Islands Istria Best Things To Do

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