By contrast, Green Istria means the inner region of the peninsula. The beautiful picturesque towns with its innumerable hidden beach bays, green cliffs and mellow villages, makes it an excellent place to relax. On a beach holiday in Istria you can bath in the sun while you can watch small fishing boats, yachtsmen and yachts swinging in the blue sea. The romantic harbor towns like Umag, Porec or Rovinj offers great opportunities to recharge your batteries and discover interesting sights. What you definitely should not miss when you go on holiday in Istria is explained in this short article.
1. Rovinj – Old Town
Rovinj is a wonderful historically preserved old town, with buildings and elements of medieval, gothic renaissance and baroque. In the north of the old town you can visit the ancient walls that protected its inhabitants from conquerors and enemies. You will feel like being transported to another time. The old town of Rovinj is surrounded by beautiful old churches and monuments. Breathtaking views include a visit to the St. Euphemia Parish Church, which overlooks the entire city. Moreover, the city is just right for lovers of Mediterranean cuisine! With many cozy restaurants along the pedestrian passage, you can recover from long walks. If you are traveling by car, the Old Town offers many parking options at various collective parking lots. The parking lot at the historic center and in the pedestrian area are subject to a charge. You can pay for your parking ticket by SMS or online through the city’s e-parking portal.
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2. Pula amphitheater
The Pulas amphitheater is the city’s most famous attraction. The amphitheater is also often referred to as the Arena of Pula. There begins and ends every tourist guide. The Roman amphitheater is the only one of its time that could preserve all four sides of the towers, as well as all three Roman columns. At that time countless cruel gladiatorial fights were fought in the arena, while they were cheered by up to 20,000 spectators from the stone floors. Nowadays the arena serves as a location for many different concerts and events and can accommodate about 5000 spectators. Because of its gigantic size, the arena is outside the city walls. An entry fee to the Arena of Pula costs adults 50 kuna, children and students pay only 25 kuna.
3. Kamenjak beach
Kamenjak is located in the very south of the peninsula and offers great opportunities to enjoy a long sunbathing and swimming. The landscape is unique and is surrounded by about 30 km of coastal landscape. Kamenjak offers many private beaches, so it is ideal for quiet stays. The beach can only be reached by car, boat or bicycle. As the landscape is protected by the environment law aka it is park of nature, a fee is payable on arrival for visitors of 50 kunas, during the months of June to September. The beaches are open from 7am to 9pm.
4. Euphrasian Basilica Porec
The cathedral is the most valuable cultural property of Porec and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The site is the only landmark of its time of early Christianity, which could be fully preserved. The building, which was built in the sixth century, contains elements dating back to the third and fourth centuries. The interior of the cathedral is adorned with many picturesque mosaics. The visitor fee is 40 kuna. A must for all lovers of history, the visit is worthwhile.
5. Motovun old town
The city of Motovun was a center for economy and politics in the Middle Ages. The historic town delights with small churches, many monuments and streets and squares adorned with artistic rocks. Furthermore, the cultural offer and the choice of activities is varied. From the medieval walls, enjoy a view of the entire city. Other attractions include the Gothic bell tower from the 13th century, the Romanesque municipal palace and the entire historic center. The Motovun stairs are known for their length, as it is the longest staircase in Croatia. For holidaymakers who prefer active holidays, Motovun is very popular, as there are many cycling and hiking trails through the Mirna Valley.
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