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Villas in Istria

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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Istria - Seafront charm and rural bliss

Istria’s charming, historic towns have seen much in their time. Today their unique culture and beautiful setting endears the region to holidaymakers who want to slow down, relax and really live their holiday destination. Our Istria villas offer just the place to do so.

  • Istria Activities

    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.

  • Istria History

    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.

  • Istria Nightlife

    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.

  • Istria Food

    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.

  • Istria Holidays - Points of Interest

    • 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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Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 88 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10


Market Rasen Family (the eldest child is at school)
Istria is stunning, something for everyone. We are outdoors types so enjoyed the scenery and running but also drove to various towns and local attractions. Driving in Istria is a pleasure.
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Confirmed stay: 13 July 2019
Published on: 14 July 2019
10 out of 10


Chippenham ,Wiltshire Couple
Welcoming and friendly people and very heipful, roads good condition and everything well signposted. Spectacular views round every corner and well priced good quality and very fresh and tasty food.
Lack of wildlife to see around any of the area.
Confirmed stay: 13 July 2019
Published on: 14 July 2019
9 out of 10


London Couple
VERY quiet place. Good local amenities. Didn't need to go far at all for everything we needed. Found a couple of very good local restaurants within walking distance. All very reasonably priced.
Although none of the distances were very great the roads are slow. This is however compensated for by the beautiful scenery.
Confirmed stay: 13 July 2019
Published on: 14 July 2019
9 out of 10


Cambridge Group
Great bars and pizza
Confirmed stay: 13 July 2019
Published on: 14 July 2019
10 out of 10


Wigan Couple and parent
Easy to travel around by hire car as the roads were quiet. Excellent location for day trip to Venice via Venezia line from Porec. Scenic, interesting and historical places to visit.
Confirmed stay: 29 June 2019
Published on: 07 July 2019
10 out of 10


Kempsford Family (with only pre-school children)
Istralandia, Predjamski Grad, Postojna Cave, Miramare in Triest, Vittoria Lighthouse, Triest, Pula’s Arena and Augustus Temple, Novigrad, Aquacolours, Groznjan
Car rental company - our car was not there when we arrived and we had to take a taxi
Confirmed stay: 29 June 2019
Published on: 30 June 2019
9 out of 10


Exeter Group
Very peaceful and relaxing
Poor directions. Very difficult to find.
Confirmed stay: 29 June 2019
Published on: 30 June 2019
7 out of 10


Villa was a good base.
Rovinj was excellent.
None other than the locals habit of driving around corners on the wrong side of the road.
Confirmed stay: 22 June 2019
Published on: 30 June 2019
10 out of 10


Southrepps Family with children at
I dont know where to begin! The place has much for short period of time and it is easy to get about with a car. It is still affordable even with the dire state of the pound. The towns are gorgeous and buzzing at night. Everywhere is clean and there are lots of parking options. It feels safe. People are welcoming and friendly.
As ever, some establishments can be a bit pushy to get your custom, but I have been in far worse places. Yes, there is a lot of tourism focus, but what would you expect? No doubt you can find quiet places along the plentiful coastline if you desire.
Confirmed stay: 22 June 2019
Published on: 26 June 2019
10 out of 10


London Family and friends
Pretty Hill top villages, good food and friendly locals
Pula airport struggles to cope with multiple flights arriving and departing, leading to very long queues.
Confirmed stay: 15 June 2019
Published on: 23 June 2019
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