Here are 101 awesome things to do in Istria. Pick your favorites for one-of-a-kind experience.

101 Istria Experiences: Guide to 101 Awesome Things To Do in Istria

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101 Istria Experiences: Travel Guide to 101 Things To Do in Istria is inspired by the Croatia Feeds: 101 Things to do in Croatia. The post is a collection of 101 awesome experiences in magical Istria, a heart-shaped peninsula located at the NW part of Croatia. Istria offers many unforgettable experiences, including beautiful beaches, fun outdoor activities, exquisite wines and olive oils, delicious food, and exciting adventures. With so much to see and do in Istria,  it’ll be a challenge to pick just a few experiences while you’re visiting Istria.

 

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Istria Highlights

Go swimming in beautiful beaches

 

Taste the exquisite Istrian wines from lovely Istrian wineries

 

 

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Go olive oil tasting in the world’s best olive oil region as proclaimed by Flos Olei, world’ leading olive oil guide

 

 

Sample the delicious Istrian food at excellent Istrian restaurants, including the Michelin Guide rated Monte in Rovinj

 

Stroll through Istria’s many cafes, including cafe Uliks situated on the ground floor of the apartment block which once housed the famous writer James Joyce

 

 

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Take a food tour with Istria Gourmet Food Tours in Umag, Novigrad, Porec, Rovinj, and Pula

 

Go on walks and runs, such as the beautiful 100 Miles of Istria race spanning towns of NW and central Istria

 

 

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Stay at beautiful hotels, resorts, and private residences and experience the Istrian hospitality that will make you feel at home

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Experience living in nature at one of Istria’s many camps

 

 

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Go road tripping through Istria

 

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Go bar hopping in Istria

 

 

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Take a boat trip between Istrian towns or to Venice, Italy

 

Wander through Istria’s historical sites and museums, and take part in historical plays by Istra Inspirit

 

 

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Explore Istria’s numerous churches and frescoes

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Explore Istria’s many famous castles

 

Best of NW Istria Region (Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla, and Buje)

Watch professional tennis and join a week-long music party during ATP in Umag

 

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Eat fresh seafood in charming fishing towns like Novigrad

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Get soaked in water fun at the Istralandia water park in Brtonigla

 

 

See Istria’s oldest lighthouse in Savudrija

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Play golf at Kempinski Hotel in Savudrija

 

 

Explore the Mramornica Cave in Brtonigla, once of the largest caves in Istria

 

Enjoy panoramic views at the watchtower of Istria in Buje

 

 

Go for a romantic dinner in Novigrad

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Sample delicious beer at San Servolo brewery in Buje

 

Best of Central Istria Region (Pazin, Buzet, Groznjan, and Motovun)

Visit Kringa, the home village of Jure Grando – the world’s first vampire

 

Take a journey to the Pazin caves, the main inspiration for Jules Verne when he was writing his novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth

 

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Watch the sunrise bring light to the mystical Motovun forest

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Go truffle hunting with dogs in Buzet or the Motovun forest

 

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Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world

 

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Go hiking and climbing in the Ucka mountain

 

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Ride your bike or take a train tour on the Parenzana trail

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Experience thrilling zip lining in Pazin

 

Visit an agrotourism farm and restaurant for farm-to-table experience

 

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Take a cooking class at AZRRI in Pazin

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Sample famous Istria prosciutto at the Prosciutto Fair in Tinjan

 

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Watch great movies at the Motovun Film Festival

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Enjoy art in Groznjan, the town of artists

 

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Walk the longest Istrian staircase of 1052 steps leading to Motovun town square

 

Hide in a stone house (kazun) near Vodnjan

 

 

Go on a donkey ride in Vodnjan

 

Go off-road in Momjan and other parts of Central Istria

 

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Sample a truffle product or truffle dish to excite your tastebuds

 

Relax by a waterfall near Gracisce

 

Go back to the age of Renaissance by visiting Svetvincenat

 

See the stars from the observatory in Visnjan

 

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Go to center of Istria by visiting Zminj

 

Learn about Glagolitic script in Roc

 

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Take a ride on a dirt bike ride in Motorcross Park Santarija

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See the famous Dance of Death frescoe in Beram

 

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Sample Istrian brandy at Aura Distillery in Buzet

 

Relax at the Istarske Toplice Health Spa

 

 

Enjoy Jazz festival in Groznjan

 

Go paragliding in Motovun and Buzet

 

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Best of Porec Region

Visit the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, a UNESCO cultural heritage site

 

Join the water fun at the Aquacolors water park in Porec

 

 

Explore the old town of Porec on the pedestrian-only Eufrazijeva and Decumanus streets

 

Go ski lifting in Porec for an adrenaline rush

 

 

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Get lost in the Baredine Cave

 

Go cart racing in Motodrom

 

 

Go swimming in the pristine beaches of Zelena Laguna or escape to the nearby Sveti Nikola island

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Best of Vrsar and Funtana

Take a panoramic flight at the Vrsar airport

 

Go diving in the Starfish Diving Center in Vrsar

 

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Go skin dipping at Koversada, a popular nudist resort

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Hide and run from the dinosaurs at the Dino Park in Funtana

 

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Visit the famous water springs of Funtana

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Go dolphin watching on the coast of Vrsar

 

 

Follow Odyssey’s sailing route along Funtana’s coastline

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Best of Rovinj Region

Walk up to the St. Euphemia Church for panoramic view of Rovinj

 

Taste amazing oysters and seafood from Lim Fjord

 

 

Visit pirate cave in Lim Fjord

 

Dive to Baron Gautsch steamship wreckage from World War I

 

 

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Watch the sunset in lovely Rovinj

 

Escape to Red Island (Sveti Andrija island) near Rovinj

 

 

See more than 200 bird species in Palud ornithological reserve

 

Visit the Batana Museum in Rovinj to learn about Rovinj’s famous flat-bottomed fishing boats

 

 

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Have coffee at Kamene Price in Bale, the town of famous romantic Casanova

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Visit Histria Aromatica, a native medicinal and aromatic plants park

 

 

Go treasure hunting at the deserted Dvigrad, the place Captain Morgan hid some of his treasure

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Dance salsa at the Summer Salsa Festival

 

 

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Enjoy the shade and beautiful beaches at Golden Cape in Rovinj

Best of Pula Region (Pula, Medulin, and Brijuni Islands)

Visit the gladiator Arena in Pula

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Learn about sea life at Pula Aquarium

 

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Cool off in Zerostrasse, a network of underground tunnels built during Austro-Hungarian rule

 

Enjoy fresh vegetables, fruits, and fish in the Pula market

 

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Admire the size and colors of Pula’s Lighting Giants

 

Go olive oil tasting in Museum Olei Histriae

 

 

Kayak in Galebove Stijene, the most western beach of Pula

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Play golf in a National Park on Brijuni Islands

 

 

Jump off a cliff at the Kamenjak Nature Park

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Spend a night at the lighthouse on Porer Island

 

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Go surfing or enjoy many other water activities at the Windsurfing Station in Premantura

 

Watch great movies at the Pula Film Festival

 

 

See the mummies at the St. Blasius Church in Vodnjan

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Party at the Outlook Festival in Pula

 

 

Bike on the coast of Sisan

 

Try yoga on water with Metta Float Yoga

 

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See unique animals at the Safari Park in Brijuni

Best of Labin and Rabac

Enjoy swimming and water sports in Rabac

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Enjoy amazing views of Kvarner and Cres Island at Plomin

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Go on an adrenaline adventure at Glavani Park in Barban

 

 

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Have fun at the Rabac Open Air Festival

Additional Resources

For additional attractions and activities in Istria, check out these great resources below.

 

Best of Istria Resources

 

Istria Tourist Board and Croatian National Tourist Board

 

Other Resources and Blogs

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