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Villas in Istria

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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. Inhabited since prehistoric times the current layout of the town dates back to the construction o...

    7 villas 45mins Pula
  • Labin

    Labin

    This typical Istrian town is set on a hill above the fishing village of Rabac on the south east of the peninsula. 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. The picturesque seaside resort of ...

    1 villa 1hr Pula
  • Groznjan

    Groznjan

    The enchanting town of Groznjan is set high on a terraced hill of vineyards and olive gardens, overlooking villages and surrounding countryside. Classical concerts, art exhibitions and jazz festivals are hosted...

    1 villa 1hr 10mins Pula
  • Kanfanar

    Kanfanar

    This tranquil Istrian village is located amid attractive countryside within the peninsula’s hinterland. The perfect location if you are looking for a traditional and authentic holiday, you may even be luc...

    1 villa 30mins Pula
  • Rovinj

    Rovinj

    Situated on the south-west of the peninsula and surrounded by 22 islands, the historic port of Rovinj is a popular resort. The rocky coast is dotted with pebble and gravel beaches, gently sloping into the sea, ...

    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. The symbol of the town is the massive, well-preserved Grimani Castle...

    1 villa 30mins Pula
  • Vizinada

    Vizinada, Porec

    This charming, quiet village is set high up above the Mirna Valley, famous for its truffles, and is a typically Istrian retreat with Italian influences. The economy is based on agriculture, which is evident in ...

    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! There are several shops, bars and ...

    1 villa 30mins Pula
  • Vrsar

    Vrsar

    An award winning and one of the most beautiful towns in Istria, Vrsar is situated on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Lim bay. The view from the hill is truly magnificent - 18 beautiful islands resting on th...

    1 villa 45mins Pula

Istria Villa Selection

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

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Anita
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
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    Anita

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Chondrilla
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Chondrilla

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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

    Rovinj, Istria

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  • Domus Lauri
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Domus Lauri

    Groznjan, Istria

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

    Vodnjan, Istria

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  • Giselle
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Giselle

    Vizinada, Istria

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    Stancija Sisol
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
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    Stancija Sisol

    Labin, Istria

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

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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  • Melissa
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Melissa

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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

    Vrsar, Istria

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

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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    Kata
    Sleeps 10
    5 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Kata

    Sveti Lovrec, Istria

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    Bella
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Bella

    Svetvincenat, Istria

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

    Atiloana

    Baderna, 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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  • Captain Morgan
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Captain Morgan

    Kanfanar, 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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