A beautiful region…
Situated in the north-west of Croatia, Istria is the heart-shaped peninsula pointing into the top of the Adriatic. Next to Italy and opposite Venice, it is bounded by Slovenia to the north and the rest of Croatia to the east and south. Kvarner lies next to Istria along the coast and includes the islands of Krk, Cres, Lošinj and Rab, as well as numerous islets.
This is a special part of Europe, a ‘sweet-spot’ in the Med – far enough south to have long, warm summers, yet without the searing heat of further down, so the countryside is a lush green. Life is slower here, with less traffic and more trees. And the landscape is seductive, with sun-kissed old stone villages, winding country lanes and pine trees growing down to the sea.
For such a small area there is an amazingly large amount to do in Istria and Kvarner. As well as all the usual seaside attractions, there are numerous attractive coastal towns, unspoilt hill-top villages and a wealth of islands to explore.
For more on Istria and Kvarner, things to do here, please visit the Istrian and Kvarner Tourist Offices’ websites.