Shared by three countries (Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy), the Istrian Peninsula is the Adriatic Sea’s largest peninsula.
The warm, mild climate has made an ideal home for people throughout time from ancient Romans to Greek pirates. France, Austria, and Yugoslavia all fought to control this region, with its fertile land and rich resources. The area has thus become a melting pot, a mingling of cultures, cuisines, and languages.
Croatia comprises most of the region of Istria, and there are many towns lining the coastline. These communities thrive off of the sea, both from the industry it provides, but the tourism it draws.
Incredible cathedrals and ancient cities await those who travel to Istria. The peninsula is home to the lovely city of Rovinj, whose port and main street are fascinating places to spend the day.
For some time out in nature, head to the Kamenjak National Park. The clear, warm water makes for an idyllic spot to take a dip, and walking along the rocky coastline reveals surprising formations, one after the other.
Once in the country, get around via bus, which are efficient and economical in Croatia. Along the coast and between the islands, ferries are the way to go.
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