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Italian influences and lush surroundings

Istria Riviera

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The Istria peninsula is situated in the north western part of Croatia and borders Slovenia with a maritime border with Italy. This beautiful region displays a strong Italian influence and is filled with pretty hilltop towns and verdant vegetation. Porec is the most popular holiday resort in Istria with two main bays south of the town. Stroll through the streets and you‘ll appreciate the Venetian-style architecture, old townhouses and pretty piazzas. The highlight of sightseeing here is the marvellous Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its amazing Byzantine mosaics. Rovinj also has some stunning Venetian architecture to see. This is a popular destination for couples and families alike as it has sand and shingle beaches, shallow waters, a good choice of watersports, wonderful views over the Adriatic Ocean and a good choice of restaurants serving everything from fresh local cuisine to international favourites. Pula, the capital of Istria, lies on its southern tip and boasts lovely beaches, fantastic eateries and impressive Roman ruins. The spectacular Roman amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world. It still functions today as an outdoor concert hall with various music, theatre and other entertainment events taking place during the summer. History buffs will also appreciate the Roman Forum in the centre of town and Hercules Gate which dates from the mid-first century. The Brijuni Group of islands, near Pula, are an ideal choice for a day trip. These fourteen small islands are separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the Fazana Strait. There's plenty to explore on foot or you can rent a bike, scooter or golf cart if you prefer. Attractions include a National Park, museum, botanical gardens and churches. The team of experts at Designer Travel are waiting to assist you with arranging your next holiday to Croatia or anywhere else in the world you would like to go. Designer Travel are ABTA bonded and independent so we can offer you the best of what's out there as we have access to a massive range of accommodation choices, flights and holidays. You’re not limited to 1 or 2 weeks either; we can build you a bespoke holiday for as long as you want – just ask! Tailor-made itineraries are our speciality and we offer a full after-sales service to ensure you’re completely looked after from start to finish. To start your next holiday search, simply complete the enquiry form or give us a call - we'd be delighted to assist!


Temperatures are generally slightly lower here than the rest of Croatia but the Mediterranean climate means you will still enjoy many hours of sunshine, making this an ideal summer destination.

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Flights from London to Pula Airport take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

Time Difference: GMT +1 hour

Currency: Croatian Kuna

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Roman Amphitheatre

An absolutely stunning Roman amphitheatre can be seen in Pula on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. These ancient ruins are very well preserved and make for an interesting days sightseeing.


A pretty town with a lovely Old Town to explore. An ideal place for a romantic stroll before enjoying a leisurely meal and a drink while the sun sets.

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