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Exploring the Istrian Peninsula, Croatia

Updated on February 28, 2015

Many, many people have discovered the delights of the Istrian Coast, and unfortunately this has led to that popularity being exploited. Sections of the coastline of this peninsula in the North of Croatia have been heavy built up with mega-hotels and associated infrastructure squashed in between its quaint alley-hugging traditional buildings. Fortunately, however, away from the crowds, it is possible to find an Istria undisturbed by the visiting throngs and big tourism business, an unspoiled place of quiet, arty villages and idyllic nature reserves which are havens for wildlife. This area is often overlooked in favour of the more in-your-face delights of the central Dalmatian coast, but Istria can offer much to the visitor willing to stray just a little from the well-beaten track.


We started our Istrian journey, as many do, in the ancient Roman city of Pula. This is a busy, working port, and such are the attractions of other sections of the coast nearby, many choose not to spend any time in the town itself but rather skip it and leave before getting to know it. While, outside of the summer months, much of the town's tourist infrastructure shuts down, during the summer months Pula is a vibrant town with much to recommend it. There are a number of pleasant eateries and drinking establishments and what is more – the concentration of historic sites in Pula is astounding.


Pula is home to the 6th largest Roman amphitheatre in the world. We took the time to visit it, paying the small entrance fee to enter the Colosseum and tour the caverns beneath. Roman remains are dotted throughout the town. The main square was once a Roman Forum, and there is a Temple to Jupiter, and the remains of another form a part of the Communal Palace which was built, incorporating a section of the former Temple of Diana, in the 13th Century. One can also see the Roman gates, remarkably intact. Other historical eras are also well represented here – we visited the 14th Century Monastery of St. Francis, and climbed the hill to Pula Castle, which was built for defensive purposes in the 17th Century, probably on the site of an earlier fortress. The views from the Castle of the town and surroundings were wonderful.


Leaving the city behind however, we headed inland, to explore the infrequently visited interior of the peninsula. Away from the coast we were greeted by a different world of sleepy hilltop villages and rolling farmland, which we took our time to explore, meandering our way slowly and happily from quaint artist haven to quaint artist haven. It was easy to see why this area is so popular with painters and other artists.


Later, we took to the waters. Chartering a boat, we headed out from the charming former-island of Rovinj, where fishing boats thronged, and made our way down round the coast, past other, smaller Rovinj islands and the Special Ornithological Reserve at Palud, where we delighted in the absolute solitude as we watched birds from the boat.


We had found a side to Istria that many people miss out on, a peaceful and pleasant place, to which we were sure we would return.


Croatia from space

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Croatia facts

Capital
Zagreb
Official languages
Croatian
Ethnic groups
90.4% Croats 4.4% Serbs 5.2% others / unspecified
Demonym
Croat Croatian
Government
Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
Legislature
Sabor
Establishment
c. 790
Area - Total
56,594 km2 21,851 sq mi
GDP 2014 estimate
$80.620 billion
Per capita
$13,920
Gini (2012)
positive decrease 30.5 medium
Currency
Kuna (HRK)
Time zone
CET (UTC+1)
Drives on the
Right
Calling code
+385
ISO 3166 code
HR
Internet TLD
.hr
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Croatia:
Croatia

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Istrian Croatia:
Istria County, Croatia

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Dalmatian Croatia:
Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia

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Pula:
Pula, Croatia

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Rovinj:
Rovinj, Croatia

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Palud:
Palud, Croatia

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Istria:
Istria County, Croatia

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Diocletian built the massive palace in preparation for his retirement on 1 May 305 AD

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Temple to Jupiter

Pula Communal Palace

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Pula Communal Palace:
Pula Communal Palace, 52100, Pula, Croatia

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The main square was once a Roman Forum, and there is a Temple to Jupiter, and the remains of another form a part of the Communal Palace which was built, incorpo

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Augustov Hram, Forum b.b., 52100, Pula, Croatia

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Temple of Diana

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Franciscan Monastery, 20222, Lopud, Croatia

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14th Century Monastery of St. Francis

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Pula, Croatia

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Pula Castle, which was built for defensive purposes in the 17th Century, probably on the site of an earlier fortress. The views from the Castle of the town and

Leaving the city behind however, we headed inland, to explore the infrequently visited interior of the peninsula. Away from the coast we were greeted by a diffe

Rovinj boat trip

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Rovinj, Croatia

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Chartering a boat, we headed out from the charming former-island of Rovinj, where fishing boats thronged, and made our way down round the coast, past other, sma

The smaller Rovinj islands and the Special Ornithological Reserve at Palud.

The Special Ornithological Reserve at Palud

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    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Thank you

      Lee

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      Katie Cianni 

      3 years ago from Cheshire

      Looks amazing!

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Thomasjames1992,

      Yep i see your point

      Thanks

      lee

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi emmaouthworth

      Totally agree, highly recommend a visit there :)

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Thomas James 

      3 years ago from London

      'The Temple of Diana'' looks like Greece

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      Emma Southworth 

      3 years ago from Manchester

      Croatia looks wonderful

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