Istria: what to see, attractions and places to visit in the peninsula

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What to see in Istria, attractions and places to visit in the peninsula, famous tourist spots such as Pula, Porec and Novigrad.

Attractions Istria

Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea on the territory of which is comprised almost entirely in Croatia. A small part, including the coastal towns of Izola (Izola), Portoroz (Portorož), Piran (Piran) and Koper (Koper), belongs to Slovenia, while the territories of the town of Muggia and San Dorligo della Valle / Dolina are located in Italian territory.

– Pola is located at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. It is the largest cultural, political and administrative center of the peninsula as well as a popular and appreciated tourist destination thanks to its crystal clear sea and its beautiful coasts. In Pula there are several monuments of Roman architecture, including the Arena, symbol of the city, built in the first century to the time of Emperor Vespasian, the Temple of Augustus, the Arch of the Sergii of the first century BC, the Gate of Hercules and the Roman Theatre.

– Fasana, a village located about 10 kilometers from Pula, where you can take the ferry to the Brijuni archipelago of 14 islands, not far from the coast, which constitute, together with the surrounding sea, a protected area very beautiful.

– Medulin is located in the southern tip of the peninsula, about 8 kilometers east of Pula. It’s an important tourist center located in a bay fringed by numerous bays, dissolves and islets, protected west from Cape Promontore and east from Cape Merlera or Marlera.

– Porec is located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. With its long coastline and the sea can count on very rich tourist infrastructure, and is able to offer various methods of living. The city of Roman origins has developed around the harbor, protected from the island of St. Nicholas. It has a very interesting historical center, its main monument, protected by UNESCO since 1997, is the complex of the Euphrasian Basilica, dating from the fifth century and enlarged in the sixth by Bishop Eufrasio of the Byzantine Empire.

Places to Visit in Istria

– Umag is located on the north-western part of Istria, is a few kilometers from Trieste. In the old part of the city is located the castle, with the Church of Santa Maria of the eighteenth century, the cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Mary into Heaven and St. Peregrine, the patron of the city. Umag is today a major tourist center.

– Novigrad is a small town near Porec and Umag, his name means in Italian Cittanova. It’s situated on a small peninsula, surrounded by the sea and a beautiful nature, can count on a rich historical and cultural heritage. The footprint of the city is the Venetian period. The early Christian basilica of St. Pelagius, rebuilt in the sixteenth century, there remains only the Romanesque crypt of the eleventh century.

– Rovinj is located in the western part of the Istrian peninsula between the cities north of Porec and Pula in the south. It’s a city rich in history with important examples of architecture, such as the Cathedral of Santa Eufemia, reachable through the steep streets of the old town, from its bell tower you can admire a splendid view. The coast of Rovinj again St. John to the north, south to Cape Barbariga, excluding the territory of the city of Rovinj, ranging from level crossing of the railway up to the forest Istra, including all the islands of the coastal strip, which are a protected natural heritage. Rovinj has a good tourist infrastructure.

– Vrsar is located in the western part of Istria, between Porec and Rovinj, at the mouth of the Lim Fjord, a charming fjord about 12 km which goes into the Istrian coast. In the middle of the town, surrounded by simple walls, you can visit the church of St. Anthony of Padua, the second half of the seventeenth century. In front of the coastline with beaches, cliffs and coves, are immersed in the 18 islets of the Vrsar-Vrsar. Vrsar is much visited by those who practice naturalism, as there is the Europe’s largest nudist beach.

– Fontana is a small town reached proceeding from Vrsar to Porec. The small center is offset from the large hotel and tourist area. This spot is also suitable for those who practice naturalism.

– Rabac, located in the southeastern part of Istria, is surrounded by beautiful nature and is considered a popular tourist destination.

– Labin, near Rabac, is about 3 km from the sea at an altitude of 320 m above sea level. The influence of the Venetian period stands out a lot by observing the architecture of this city, especially in the Cathedral, with the Lion of St. Mark the fifteenth century on the facade and the loggia, the Palazzo Lazzarini and other civic and religious buildings. Labin is given to those who choose a quiet holiday, to lovers of art and culture.