Places Of Interest In Croatia

If you&rsquo,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 6thcentury, 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!

Credits to Croatian National Tourist Board.

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 ( 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!

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.

Credits to Croatian National Tourist Board.

Pula Pula is another beautiful spot from which to enjoy Istria’s charms. The Pula Riviera is a great place to try water sports and the town of Pula itself is home to an ancient Roman amphitheatre, a fascinating aquarium, and numerous dolphin and whale watching tours. Remember that every villa we offer comes with a villa manual to give you all the info you need on local attractions, excursions and amenities.

Porec Porec is one of the most popular resorts in Croatia and dates back to pre-historic times. It provides a taste of Roman history in Croatia, with a number of historical sites to visit in the old town. The main street in Porec is called Decumanus which even pre-dates Roman times. Getting to Porec is quite straight forward, with most visitors using the main airport of the region, Pula, and pre-booking car hire for the onward journey.

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.

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 a picturesque town and is often referred to as the pearl of the Istrian Peninsula. It is an active fishing port too. The old town is busy with tourists in summer, where there are numerous cafes along the narrow cobbled streets.

You can feel the enchantment of the town, with its Venetian architecture and narrow, cobbled streets.

If you’re feeling energetic, take a walk to the to the Church of St. Euphemia, perched at the top of the hill - the stunning views are worth every step! The entire coastline, with its twenty-two islands, is an area of protected natural heritage.

A visit to the Rovinj Town Museum and the town’s many galleries will complete your cultural experience.

The crescent shaped waterside in the Old Town is lined with chic bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a morning coffee, tuck into local delicacies or sip on a cocktail watching the sunset.

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.

Sanc. Michael Medieval Park Sanc. Michael Medieval Theme Park is situated in the area of Rapanji, 16 miles inland from Rovinj. The park is only small but there's plenty to see and do including a farmyard with goats, sheep, rabbits, horses and donkeys, a labyrinth, wooden fort, a shop and cafe. Children will be able to try their hand at archery, play in the play area, enjoy the Medieval show and swordfighting or explore the dungeons! A great family day out!

Hum, the world's smallest town Hum, with a population of 21, is the smallest town in the world. This pretty little town is located around an hour's drive from both Rovinj and Porec and, at 350m above sea level, has glorious views over the surrounding countryside. The narrow lanes and cobbled streets are lined with old stone buildings and hanging baskets, and the town has a church, a restaurant and a couple of guest houses. Although there's not a great deal to do here, the scenery is quite spectacular, and not many people can say they've visited the smallest town in the world!

Lim Fjord Lim Fjord, located between Porec and Rovinj, is a huge picturesque valley with an area of water running for 10km, part of the 35km long channel which stretches towards the centre of Istria, to the town of Pazin. The channel sits between steep mountains, popular with walkers, cyclists and free climbers. The shallow water is perfect for paddling and the area is also home to many different species of wildlife, including oysters, mussels,boars, foxes, badgers, deer, hawks and owls!

There's a pirate cave with a small play area and snack bar half way along the channel, as well as a handful of good restaurants by the waterfront at the channel's furthest point inland.

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