Croatia Travel Itinerary

Croatia: An itinerary among the beaches of Istria

By on 16 January 2019

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The sea of Istria is one of the strongest attractions for tourists coming to Croatia. The beaches always leave you speechless.

You can find all sorts: sandy, rocky, pebbled, equipped or wild. In short, there is something for everyone.

But let’s go by order, here I want to tell you about my itinerary along the most beautiful beaches of Istria.

Croatia offers many itineraries and it is not easy to choose where to go, what to see and how to organize.

Our itinerary was dictated by a somewhat limited budget but certainly, it was not penalized.

Pula is the perfect city to stay for a holiday in Istria. From here you can move with local buses for day trips to the coast and even to the famous Plitvice lakes.

Here is the itinerary that we followed and that made us discover a land, Istria, which tastes like lavender and sea!

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Pula, a perfect city to discover Istria

The city of Pula is the main center of Istria and is perfect for those looking for a cheap holiday in Croatia. It is only a few kilometers from the best seaside resorts in Istria: for example Rovinj, Porec, Umag, but also inland with Croatia’s national parks.

It is located at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, only 126 km from Trieste and since Roman age it has been an important center for Istria and Croatia. In its Skyline there are no skyscrapers but a beautiful Roman Arena. This is the icing of this small but large tourist town of Istria, but it is not the only site of interest.

The foundation of the city is linked to the myth of the Argonauts but the Romans made Pula famous and important, so much so that it left traces until today. Among the things to see in Pula can not miss the Roman Amphitheater, the forum square and the Istrian Archaeological Museum.

Not to mention the 17th century Venetian Fortress which dominates the whole landscape from the top of the hill. I advise you to visit it at sunset, the ticket does not cost much (€ 2.80), from here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the gulf with the lighthouse.

Beaches in Istria: Pula

I did not know that instead it also has some beaches of Istria with crystal clear water to remain open-mouthed.

As soon as we arrived here, after a long bus ride, we were happily impressed by the social life and the liveliness of its streets.

It is the typical Mediterranean town in Croatia that develops on the sea: narrow alleys that rise from the beach up the hill all tiled in Istrian stone, rich in people in flip-flops and the smell of fried fish in every corner.

Pula is therefore full of tourists, unfortunately and fortunately. Because if on one side it is crowded with people, on the other the prices are quite affordable. We have rented a two-room apartment in the historic center for a week at only € 280 for two people (and I speak of the week of August).

But the main reason that makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Croatia is its location. From here, in fact, it is easy to reach the best attractions of Istria and not only … but without going too far Pula offers many breathtaking beaches that you can reach with a simple urban bus!

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Rovinj, the Pearl of the Adriatic

This is a stop that should not be missed on your holiday in Istria and in Croatia! You can not miss one of the most picturesque cities in the Mediterranean.

It stands on a hill that protrudes over the sea on three sides. At the top stands the bell tower of the Church of Santa Eufemia, and to go down all around you can see the houses in pastel colors.

Houses that come to touch the sea, making everything even more impressive with the right thread of romance that only a seaside village can have.

Rovinj, in my opinion, is an excellent destination for an afternoon walk until sunset on the Istrian sea (and I recommend you enjoy it from the top of the hill overlooking the sea).

The morning instead we used it to enjoy the sea on the beach inside the park of Punta Corrente. It is a nature reserve adjacent to the city, that is, a large central forest with a path that runs along it and follows all the beaches of rocks and pebbles.

Porec and Umag

Two other stages that can not miss in your itinerary in Istria because they are il the list of the prettiest cities of Croatia. Unfortunately, we have not been able to see them for lack of time but they are certainly in the list of cities to visit along the Istrian coast.

Smaller than the more famous Rovinj, but just as beautiful and characteristic. Porec has the same shape as the most famous sister, a promontory that stretches over the Istrian sea. Instead, Umag was already chosen by the Romans for their summer vacation!

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Premantura and the Croatia National Park of Kamenjak

This is the most southern tip of Istria, and host one of the wildest National Park of Croatia. The village of Premantura is located on the umpteenth peninsula that extends 10 km south of Pula.

Completely occupied by the Kamenjak Nature Park, it overlooks the sea full of other islets with beaches rich in pebbles and rocks. These are semi-desert beaches, those that are a bit difficult to find in a crowded tourist resort.

Croatia Plitvice Lakes, an earthly paradise

If you have heard of it, they will have told you that they are extraordinary. If you have seen them in commercials or travel documentaries you will have seen videos with bright colors, rich fauna and a lot … lots of water.

Well, I can tell you that it’s all true! I was amazed for almost the whole day admiring the beauty of this natural environment. It is a canyon dug by water, with a system of ponds and waterfalls that you can cross with a wooden walkway and many other paths to follow and discover.

The most beautiful experience I have done in Croatia! I’ve written it here!

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