Places Of Interest In Croatia


If you’re looking for a holiday destination with plenty to see and do, Croatia is the ideal choice! The area is steeped in history with a number of beautiful churches and architecture to explore. There are also a number of activities and places to visit for a great family day out, fabulous beaches for sun-worshippers, amazing scenery for photographers and sporting facilities for anyone wanting to try their hand at something more active.

Euphrasius Basilica, Porec

The Basilica of St. Euphrasius in Porec is definitely worth a visit for anyone wanting to enjoy an authentic taste of Croatia and learn about its rich history. The Basilica has a collection of Byzantine art and architecture dating from the 6th century, included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. The building is also easy to identify from the exterior, dominating the skyline of Porec, and is one of the most photographed sites in the area.

Church of St. Euphemia, Rovinj

Located in the heart of Rovinj, the Church of St. Euphemia has an impressive display of Baroque architecture and artwork and is also home to the sarcophagus of the patron saint of the city, St Euphemia herself!

Baredine Jama-Grotta Caves

The Baredine Caves in Porec are well worth a visit if you’re looking for something a bit different to do during your stay. The caves are an underground maze of stalagmites and stalactites, forming structures such as the 10 metre long ‘curtains,’ a statue of the Virgin Mary, the shepherdess Milka’s body, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the snowman torchbearer! A guide will take you on a 40 minute tour of the caves, past the 66 metre deep hatch descending to the underground lakes. Certain varieties of insects and crayfish can also be found and there is a museum to explore as well. The Traktor Museum and climbing centre are next door.

Pula Amphitheatre

Without a doubt, the main attraction of Pula is the magnificent amphitheatre, the sixth largest in the world. Originally designed and built to be a gladiatorial venue, the amphitheatre is now used as a setting for concerts and theatre productions.

Giant Crane Light Show

Based on the myth of supernatural giants once residing in Pula, the giants have taken on more modern shapes in the forms of huge cranes and are now a symbol of the town. The cranes are lit at night and a spectacular light show can be seen for around 15 minutes after dark, on the hour.

Traktor Museum

Istria has a rich history and many museums can be found in the towns. In particular the Traktor Museum (http://www.traktorstory.com/eng/traktor.htm) in Porec, by the Baredine Caves, is particularly popular.

Wine Tasting

Ranked in the top 10 wine destinations in Europe, Croatia celebrates World Wine Day on the last Sunday of every May. The local wineries, wine tasting rooms and family owned farms all open their doors to the public to sample the produce and buy a bottle to take away with them. The day has developed into an eagerly awaited festival with many people, including wine enthusiasts, coming to Istria from all over the world.

Festivals

Istria celebrates many festivals in the summer months, the most notable being the Days of Wine in May, the Days of Antiquity Pula Superiorum, Istria Inspirit and the Days of Truffle, not to mention the Pula Film Festival and numerous musical and theatre events!

http://www.istrainspirit.hr/en

http://www.pulasuperiorum.com/index.php/en/

Submarine Safari

Many of the towns and resorts on the North Western coast of Croatia offer submarine safari rides. The safari gives guests the opportunity to explore the local underwater wildlife from the glass panels on either side of the cabin. A great day out for all the family!

Brijuni National Park

The only National Park in Istria, Brijuni National Park is a group of islands off of Pula. Boats from the town of Fazana take around 15 minutes, although sight-seeing tours of the islands by boat also run from Pula. There is also a safari park which has various animals including zebras, elephants, llamas and ostriches, and a golf course on the coast overlooking the mainland.

http://www.np-brijuni.hr/en/

Credits to Croatian National Tourist Board.

Pula

Home to the nearest airport, Pula is towards the South of Istria. This resort has some wonderful beaches, excellent restaurants and shopping facilities as well as a number of other cultural attractions, in particular the large Roman Amphitheatre which plays host to a number of theatre and musical events.

Porec

The resort of Porec, on the Western coast of Istria, has a huge choice of excellent beaches and bathing platforms, a wealth of shops and places to eat, and a number of attractions including the church, museums, the aquarium and a choice of sporting activities. The resort of Porec, on the Western coast of Istria, has a huge choice of excellent beaches and bathing platforms, a wealth of shops and places to eat, and a number of attractions including the church, museums, the aquarium and a choice of sporting activities.

Venice

For avid explorers, you can catch a boat to Venice from either Porec, Rovinj or Pula for a great day out. Dates and lines vary depending on the time of year and take anything from 2 - 4 hours depending on the route.

Visnjan Observatory

 Visnjan, around 20 minutes drive North of Porec, is home to one of the worlds most productive solar system mapping reserahc centres. The Visnjan Observatory has discovered over 1500 new asteroids and 2 comets since it was built, and offers opportunities for people to learn about its discoveries and research through a series of workshops and talks.

http://www.astro.hr/#2

Credits to Croatian National Tourist Board.

Mramornica Marble Caves

The Mramornica Marble Caves close to Brtonigla-Verteneglio, around 30 minutes drive North of Porec, are one of the largest in Istria. The caves have steep steps at the entrance, with a maze of different coloured dripstones and stalagmites, some as high as 13 meters tall! The caves make for a great day out, especially if you want to escape the summer crowds and high temperatures!

Rovinj

Rovinj is on the mid-Western coast of Istria, roughly halfway between Pula and Porec. Rovinj has a wealth of restaurants, shops and facilities as well as cultural and historical activities to try. A must for anyone visiting the area is a trip to the Church of St. Euphemia. And for a more leisurely evening activity, a meander around the harbour is certainly worth while, stopping at any one of the bars for a drink, or local restaurants for an evening dining experience overlooking the boats.

Motovun

The hilltop village of Motovun is one of the most photographed locations in Istria. The area is famous for its annual film festival, as well as for truffles, wines and wild asparagus.


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