With its pretty, old stone, hilltop villages & verdant countryside, fabulous gastronomy & award winning wine, Istria is often likened to Tuscany. Istria villas are in picturesque coastal towns, brimming with Roman remains, complete the picture… Check out Villa Dream, in Istria – it’s the perfect villa in Croatia to rent for groups who like to be active on their Croatia holiday! If you need some help with the best places to look for villas, let us help you decide with our guide to villa locations in Croatia.
Photos – © Pula Tourist-Board, Istria Tourist Board Igor Zirojevic, Rovinj Tourist Board, Porec Tourist Board (see full photo credit list below).
The Istrian Peninsula is the largest Croatian peninsula and is one of the best developed tourist regions on the Mediterranean. With an attractive array of Istria villas, it’s popular with nearby European countries due to its easy access so an Istria villa rental is a sought after commodity! In fact, The Lady’s travel expert recently featured a superb Croatia Gems Istria villa in Rovinj in its latest issue. The piece highlighted great areas for family and friend get-togethers in Europe and of course Rovinj is always a favourite.
Istria has more of a continental feel compared to the Mediterranean southern areas of Croatia like Split, the Dalmatian Islands and Dubrovnik. Referred to as the new “Tuscany”, it certainly has more old stone, traditional villas. Many Istria villas are surrounded by lush countryside and fairytale hilltop towns like Motovun. A Croatia villa in Istria usually has beaches in the vicinity. An Istria villa rental also has the benefit of pretty much always being near to the sea and beaches. Istria has remained largely untouched and offers real variety to visitors. You can stay in Istria villas in the countryside yet be close to the seaside towns like picturesque Rovinj, easy going Bajole, historic Porec or opulent Opatija. Or how about Pula, famous for its Roman amphitheatre. Istria villa holidays give you the best of both worlds. For a family day out, there are two great water slide parks in Istria – Aquacolours in Porec and Istralandia Water Park in Novigrad – make istria villa holidays super fun for children!
Happily, wine tasting, truffle forests and wonderful olive oil are staples of this area so sampling the fare at the Istrian restaurants is a mouthwatering option! Why not have a very enjoyable day out visiting a winery and doing a spot of wine tasting? It’s a good place to explore what to eat on a Croatia holiday and try out some very good local dishes. There are lots of things to do on an Istria holiday! Istria villas are steeped in history and with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, with lovely towns to wander around. With their cobbled, winding streets, Venetian, Roman and more recent history is all around you and the old towns of the area are a delight. Istria is also an area famous for its food and wine and it’s certainly a good excuse to partake in a few local dishes and explore the gastronomy of the region! And of course you can swim in the clear Adriatic at any point. As a result, it’s beautiful and there’s nowhere else really like it. It’s worth hiring a car in Istria if you book Istria villas, as most villas do tend to be slightly inland. Because it’s a peninsula, however, you are never very far from anywhere and there are so many interesting places to visit, eat or go for a swim. For example, did you know you can also visit Venice for the day from Istria? And you can also visit the former Yugoslavian leader ‘Tito’s retreat on the Brijuni Islands. Lots to see and do with beautiful scenery.