Istria, Croatia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Istria is the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea. Three countries share its territory: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The biggest part of the peninsula, roughly 90%, is located in Croatia. In recent years, it became the major hot spot of the country's tourism industry, attracting visitors from all of Europe. Istria has a rich cultural heritage, dating from Roman times ruins, to Italian and Habsburgic architecture. Its main city is the port of Pula.  


There are many ways to reach Istria. There are regular direct flights to Pula airport from some European cities, as well as from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. During the high season, many charters fly to Pula. Also, there are boats that connect the main cities of Istria, such as Trieste, in Italy, Rovinj (Croatia) and Pula. Some ferry companies provide direct lines between Venice and Pula, with some stops in the main cities of Istria.

The peninsula is well connected with the inland of the country and to the neighboring Slovenia, through highways and roads. There are many buses, especially during summer, that link the cities of Croatia between them and the cities of Istria to Venice (Italy) or Koper, in Slovenia. Also, there are 2 train lines that reach Pula, one from Zagreb and one from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.


Istria has much to offer, from crystal clear waters and pristine beaches to mountains and natural parks. On the coast lay the most important cities of the peninsula, with plenty of tourist resorts and accommodation offers. Inland, there are towns and villages, castles and medieval ruins. Continental Istria is suitable for mountain trips, paragliding and biking.