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.Learn more about Istria »
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
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.4 villas 40mins Pula
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.4 villas 30mins Pula
Buje is a beautiful hilltop town commanding excellent panorama views. Rich in history, the town developed from a Roman and Venetian settlement into a charming medieval town2 villas 1hr Pula
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.2 villas 1hr 10mins Pula
Known as the pearl of the Adriatic Sea, with its rich history, elegance and unrivalled beauty, Opatija has become one the most popular holiday seaside towns in Croatia.2 villas 1hr 15mins Pula
Porec is considered to be the pearl of Croatian tourism and is located at the heart of the western coast of Istria. The charming coastal town has managed to preserve most of its original architecture and offers lovely beaches, a great selection of restaurants and fantastic nightlife.2 villas 50mins Pula
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
Barban is a small medieval town located some 25kms northeast of Pula and around 10kms from the sea.1 villa 25mins Pula
Situated on the south-western coast of Istria is this idyllic fishing village, filled with picturesque squares, narrow stone streets and a beautiful harbour.1 villa 20mins Pula
This stunning tourist hotspot was once a small fishing village. Set along a richly indented coastline, Medulin is known for its variety of sandy, rocky and pebbly beaches.1 villa 17mins Pula
Pula is situated right at the southern tip of the peninsula and is the fine capital of Istria. With views of the Adriatic, Pula's unspoiled natural surroundings are magical.1 villa 15mins Pula
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
Umag dates back to the Roman occupation of Istria and the scenic old town is built on a small peninsula jutting into the adriatic, delivering wonderful sunsets1 villa 1hr 10mins Pula
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
This lovely village in central Istria is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and olive groves and is steeped in history.1 villa 1hr Pula
We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Istria. Find the perfect villa below:
Sveti Lovrec, Istria
Sveti Lovrec, 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.
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.
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 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.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday
Take time out to relax in your infinity pool whilst overlooking the sapphire waters that extend beautifully to the horizon.View Villas
Whether its for family fun or just a few lengths in the morning, enjoy all the space and freedom that comes with a large pool.View Villas
Our smaller villas are perfect for couples offering all the space, privacy and freedom to enjoy a fantastic holiday just for two.View Villas
Enjoy complete comfort and relaxation following a day of exploring in your very own Jacuzzi or hot tub.View Villas
From neighbouring properties to stand alone villas that sleep up to 20 people, there are plenty of options for large groups.View Villas
Enjoy the peace and relaxation that comes with a private villa located off the beaten track.View Villas
Improve your fitness or have some fun with a game of tennis, whether you're practising your backhand or taking a break from the beach.View Villas
Take in the wonderful site of the surrounding area from the comfort and privacy of your own villaView Villas
Nothing beats being able to enjoy a barbecue by the side of your pool, in the comfort of your own private villa.View Villas
Chill out in our air conditioned villas - respite from the midday sun and a guaranteed cool and comfortable nights' sleep.View Villas
Take a look at the added entertainment on offer at these fantastic villas - and perhaps swap the swimming pool for a pool table!View Villas
Travelling outside of the summer season? Don't worry - enjoy a long, leisurely swim at these villas with heated pools.View Villas
Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas
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