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Istria villa holidays

Istria´s natural beauty, the stunning shoreline and continental climate are perfect for a sophisticated holiday. Emerald-blue waters and secluded pebble shores sit effortlessly beside historic cities and natural wonders. Further inland, romantic hill top towns rich in culture and hospitality warmly embrace visitors with home-cooked cuisine – offering rustic retreats ideal for rest and relaxation.

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  • Sveti Lovrec

    Sveti Lovrec, Porec

    Sveti Lovrec (Saint Laurence) is a small village located near the heart of Istria and close to Porec and Rovinj making a great base from where to explore this fascinating area of Istria.

    7 villas 45mins Pula
  • Labin

    Labin

    The typical Istrian town of Labin is set on a hill above the fishing village of Rabac on the south east coast. The area is a haven for history and art lovers with its rich cultural and architectural heritage.

    2 villas 40mins Pula
  • Baderna

    Baderna, Sveti Lovrec

    Baderna is a small, agricultural village in the heart of Istria, just 12 kilometres from the larger town of Sveti Lovrec where you will find a choice of shops and restaurants.

    1 villa 1hr Pula
  • Groznjan

    Groznjan

    The enchanting town of Groznjan is set high on a hill of vineyards and olive gardens, overlooking nearby villages. Concerts, art and jazz festivals are hosted here, bringing this peaceful little town to life.

    1 villa 1hr 10mins Pula
  • Kanfanar

    Kanfanar

    The tranquil Istrian village of Kanfanar is located amid attractive countryside within the peninsula’s hinterland. A perfect location if you are looking for a traditional and authentic holiday.

    1 villa 30mins Pula
  • Rovinj

    Rovinj

    Situated on the south-west of the peninsula and surrounded by twenty-two islands, the historic port of Rovinj is a popular resort, with a rocky coast dotted with pebble and gravel beaches.

    1 villa 40mins Pula
  • Svetvincenat

    Svetvincenat

    In the heart of rural Istria, the small, charming town of Svetvincenat is surrounded by gentle slopes dotted with olive groves and vineyards ideal for biking and walking.

    1 villa 30mins Pula
  • Vizinada

    Vizinada, Porec

    Vizinada is a charming, quiet village set high up above the Mirna Valley, famous for its truffles, and is a typically Istrian retreat with Italian influences.

    1 villa 1hr Pula
  • Vodnjan

    Vodnjan

    On the road from Pula to Rovinj, Vodnjan is a busy little market town rightly known for its selection of renowned restaurants, including reputably the best pizzeria in Istria!

    1 villa 30mins Pula
  • Vrsar

    Vrsar

    One of the most beautiful towns in Istria, Vrsar is situated on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Lim bay. The view from above is truly magnificent - eighteen beautiful islands resting on the wide blue sea.

    1 villa 45mins Pula

Istria Villa Selection

We have chosen a selection of 17 villas from our full list of properties in Istria. Find the perfect villa below:

  • Anita
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Car Essential

    Anita

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Achillea
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Achillea

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Atiloana
    Sleeps 7
    4 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Car Essential

    Atiloana

    Baderna, Istria

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  • Marko
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Marko

    Vrsar, Istria

    4.1 out of 5
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  • Captain Morgan
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Captain Morgan

    Kanfanar, Istria

    4.7 out of 5
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  • Melissa
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Melissa

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Ventura
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Ventura

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Villa Tina
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Villa Tina

    Rovinj, Istria

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  • Casa Ana
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Car Essential

    Casa Ana

    Vodnjan, Istria

    4.5 out of 5
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  • Giselle
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Giselle

    Vizinada, Istria

    4.6 out of 5
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  • Best of James
    Kata
    Sleeps 10
    5 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Kata

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

    4.8 out of 5
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  • Best of James
    Stancija Sisol
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Car Essential

    Stancija Sisol

    Labin, Istria

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  • Gelci
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Gelci

    Labin, Istria

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  • Best of James
    Bella
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Bella

    Svetvincenat, Istria

    5 out of 5
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  • Chondrilla
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Chondrilla

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Nini
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Nini

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

    4.7 out of 5
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  • Domus Lauri
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Domus Lauri

    Groznjan, Istria

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About Istria

Outdoor pursuits in Istria

The combination of coast and mountains in the Istrian region provide extremely varied leisure facilities. Hiking, cycling and pony trekking are popular activities through winding country lanes, rolling hills and coastal pathways. Beautiful rocky beaches line the rugged shores while underwater ancient wrecks, coral reefs and caves are inhabited by schools of colourful fish.

Waterskiing, windsurfing and tennis are all available to try, or visit the scattering of neighbouring islands and national parks to breathe in the fresh, clean country air.

Hints of history in Istria

Built in old stone, Istria’s main bustling summer holiday resorts on the Istrian coast are a delightful mix of narrow cobbled streets and Venetian-style houses. Picturesque squares reveal a medieval urban structure, alongside old town walls, Baroque churches and fortresses. Explore ancient Roman influences and medieval settlings - found in equal measures in Istria’s main resorts and in tiny historic hamlets scattered amongst the rolling hills. Byzantine mosaics and sculptures are widely celebrated and on display, while local pastimes are regularly practised across the region.

Atmospheric evenings in Istria

Plenty of small restaurants, pizzerias, café-bars and galleries line the waterfront resorts. Its calm, relaxing atmosphere is perfect for casual dining and late-night coffee drinking. Known as a region for concerts, film and culture, you’ll find evening entertainment varies between the main coastal areas - from musical events to art, sculpture and dance.

A sprinkling of cocktail bars and busier nightspots are on offer, but the discreet, social atmosphere lends itself more readily to the traditional Croatian way of life.

Local cuisine in Istria

Local dishes are depicted by Croatia’s history, with strong Italian and Austrian influences. Expect to find freshly grilled fish, soups and stews on the coast, and pastas, wild boar and truffles further inland. Istrian hospitality has evolved into a tradition that is widely shared with visitors enjoying a villa holiday. Rural estates offer dishes prepared in the traditional style of ancient recipes - washed down with locally brewed beer and wonderful wines that you can either enjoy there or in the comfort of your own private villa. A simple sign ‘vino’ means you are passing an area rich in farms and tasting houses.

James recommends
  • Sample truffles, or ‘black gold’, in one of the charming restaurants in the fortified, medieval town of Motuvan.
  • Feast at a local farm restaurant where you’ll be welcomed in for a home-cooked meal.
  • Explore the narrow cobbled streets of the old Roman and medieval town of Porec and climb the bell tower of the 6th century basilica for panoramic views.
  • Visit the lovely coastal towns of Porec, Pula or Rovinj and Take a day trip on a fast ferry to Venice.
  • Step back in time in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre at Pula – a complete contrast to the busy working town that surrounds it.
  • Take a boat tour around the Brijuni Islands.
  • Sample some Istrian wines at one of the vineyards cellars.
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James Recommends

Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday

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Beaches

Finding the perfect beach in which to unwind is not easy. Let us help point the way with our interactive map:

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Bi Val, Fazana

Access to the Beach:

Easy walk from resort centre, Good wheelchair/disabled access*

Beach type:

Sandy beach, 500m - 1km long

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol
Free facilities: Showers

Activities for hire:

Banana boats, Jet Ski, Wind surfing, Parasailing, Pedaloes, Sail boats

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Bar, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 07 Aug 2014

Peharovo, Lovran, Labin

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger with cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
ATM within 5 minute walk

Activities for hire:

Pedaloes

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Kiosk, Cafe, Bar, A la Carte, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Maslinica, Rabac, Labin

Access to the Beach:

Good wheelchair/disabled access*

Beach type:

500m - 1km long

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Free facilities: Showers

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Kiosk, Bar, Local/traditional cuisine

Other:

Water polo also available
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Slatina, Opatija, Labin

Access to the Beach:

, Accessed via Pavement

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger with cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
ATM within 5 minute walk

Activities for hire:

Banana boats, Jet Ski, Parasailing, Pedaloes

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Cafe, Bar, A la Carte, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Lido, Opatija, Labin

Access to the Beach:

Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre

Beach type:

Sandy beach,

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Showers

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Bar, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Moscenicka Draga, Labin

Beach type:

greater than 2km long, Beach popular with tourists

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
ATM within 5 minute walk

Activities for hire:

Speed boat, Wind surfing, Pedaloes

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Cafe, Bar, A la Carte, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Karpinjan, Novigrad, Porec

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre

Beach type:

500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages)

Facilities:

Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Cafe, Bar
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Borik, Porec

Access to the Beach:

accessed by less than 15 Steps

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol

Activities for hire:

Pedaloes
Information updated 07 Aug 2014

Bijeca, Medulin, Pula

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car

Beach type:

Golden sand, 1 - 2km long

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol
Free facilities: Toilets

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Bar, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine

Other:

Water polo is also available
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Vile, Pula

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Gortanova, Pula

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Monte, Rovinj

Beach type:

Rock, less than 500m long

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Bar, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Lone Bay, Rovinj

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre

Beach type:

Beach popular with tourists

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger with cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk

Activities for hire:

Banana boats, Jet Ski, Pedaloes

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Cafe, Bar, A la Carte, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 15 Aug 2014

Golden Bay, Rovinj

Beach information coming soon.

Katoro Beach, Umag

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre, Good wheelchair/disabled access*

Beach type:

Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages)

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Bar
Walking distance: Kiosk, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 07 Aug 2014

Town beach , Vrsar

Access to the Beach:

Public transport available, Good wheelchair/disabled access*

Beach type:

less than 500m long, Secluded/quiet beach

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Bar, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 07 Aug 2014
 
 

Important information

The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.

*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.

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