Istria is a region in Croatia. It is bounded on the north by Slovenia, on the east by the Kvarner region of Croatia and on the south and west by the Adriatic Sea.
Formerly part of the Venetian Empire, this region has seen many empires such as Byzantine, Austro-Hungarian, Yugoslavian (Communist).
Mainly consisting of the Istrian peninsula in north western Croatia, the interior is very hilly with ancient walled cities atop hills with surrounding fertile fields. The coast has some beautiful beaches and stunning scenery of rocky walls plummeting into the sea.
Pula is the main transportation hub for Istria so most people will arrive there if they are not driving.
Buses run from Trieste in Italy, Zagreb and other major cities to Pula in the centre of Istria.
Ryanair provides a connection London (Stansted) to Pula three days a week, and Dublin Pula also. Scandjet connects Pula to Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm once a week (on Saturdays) during the summer.
A train runs daily between Ljubljana in Slovenia and Pula.
- Roman structures in Pula, including the Arena and Forum.
- The old Venetian town of Rovinj.
- The many beaches along the coast.
- Visit Lovran, Istria, near Opatija, for the Days of Cherries Festival in June