Poreč is a town and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, in Istria County, Croatia. Its major landmark is the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Poreč is almost 2,000 years old and is set around a harbor protected from the sea by the small island of Saint Nicholas/San Nicolo (St. Nicholas). The former town of rich noblemen and Roman aristocracy, Poreč is now a popular tourist destination in Istria, known for its many sights that alternate in its streets the same way as rulers did during its turbulent history.
Buje is a hilltop town in northwest Istria, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. In the town is a famous wine road, with 23 well-known wine-makers. You can also explore the olive oil roads, learn about its production and processing, and experience a delicious tasting of the two goods.
Buzet is known as the hometown of truffles. The biggest truffle in the world was found in this area in 2000 (1,3 kg!) with the help of dogs, specially trained to find the underground mushroom using their sense of smell. The annual “Days of Truffles” are held every October, where you can sample dishes made from freshly picked truffles.
Rabac, the “pearl of the Kvarner bay”, is a resort town in southeast Istria. The town is tucked into the bay and filled with scenic beaches, perfect for a summer escape. Surrounded by nature trails and wildlife, the town offers hiking and biking for tourists to explore by land. One trail leads to the Tears of St Lucia, a natural spring rumored to heal your eyes if you wash them with its waters.
Pula is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula and offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three-thousand-year-old history, where every step you take through the old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheater. While strolling through Pula you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C.
Rovinj is a Croatian fishing port on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. The old town stands on a headland, with houses tightly crowded down to the seafront. A tangle of cobbled streets leads to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia, whose towering steeple dominates the skyline. South of the old town is Lone Bay, one of the area’s pebble beaches. The Rovinj archipelago’s 14 islands lie immediately off the mainland.