Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, plateaux, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.
As you get to know Istria you will notice more and more enchanting details: church facades and portals, tiny village alleyways with their specific architectural touches, the babble of a stream, the blossoming cherries. Everything is warm–hearted and friendly here: nature, towns and people.
Coast of 445 km (well-indented coast is twice as long as the road one)The western coast of Istria is 242.5 km long, with island 327.5 km. The eastern coast of Istria is 202 km long with the pertaining islets 212 km.
By choosing Istria for your vacation, you chose automatically an exquisite gastronomic experience. Istria is the kingdom of the rare and valuable truffles, grapevine growing on the sunny hills of the red and white soil used for producing top quality white and red wine, and olive oils whose quality is testified by a growing number of Istrian producers listed in the famous olive oil guide L´Extravergine.
Istria is one of the best tourist destinations in Croatia for families with children. Choice is really wide and you can not go wrong no matter what you choose. Many entertainment activities on the beaches, swimming pools, hotels, tourist resorts and apartments will be splendid for children while you will be able to relax properly.
There are also many other options for active vacations for you. The easiest options are swimming, biking, trekking, hiking, diving, horse riding and tennis. There are about 450 tennis courts and Umag hosts the annual ATP tour, the Croatia Open. For those loving adventure, Istria is known as a great destination for paragliding and speleology.