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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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Overall rating
Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 86 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10


Lower Stondon Couple
Pula is a great place to visit
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 05 October 2019
Published on: 07 October 2019
9 out of 10


Pinner Couple
Low-key tourism, roadside konobas (taverns) with spit-roasts, interesting hill towns(villages, picturesque coastal towns
Bread - universally soft. Fresh produce (to buy/cook) uninspiring & unremarkable compared to Spain, but restaurants good.
Confirmed stay: 05 October 2019
Published on: 07 October 2019
8 out of 10


Lovely coastline.
Pretty Mediaeval towns.
Interesting history.
Easy travelling.
Need a car to get around.
Confirmed stay: 05 October 2019
Published on: 06 October 2019
10 out of 10


Kidderminster Couple
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2019
Published on: 29 September 2019
6 out of 10


Good "away from it all" destination
Get to experience local Croatia
Difficult to get taxis.
Restaurants offer quite limited menus with all restaurants offering broadly the same.
Service is not particularly friendly.
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2019
Published on: 29 September 2019
10 out of 10


Bristol Couple
No night life! (perhaps I should rate it 10/10, because I don't want any?)
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2019
Published on: 22 September 2019
8 out of 10


Northampton Family (the eldest child is at school)
Easy to drive around. Beautiful scenery and welcoming locals. Easy for visitors to explore.
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2019
Published on: 22 September 2019
8 out of 10


Inland scenery and hill top towns
Friendly people.
Disappointed with Pula. Parking in towns, take coins everywhere!
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2019
Published on: 22 September 2019
7 out of 10


Sleaford Parents and adult son
A beautiful country with stunning coast line and lots to see and do
Just issues stated re villa
Confirmed stay: 18 September 2019
Published on: 19 September 2019
8 out of 10


Arundel Family of three generations,
The village has not be modernised or spoilt. You almost feel you have gone back in time. The cafes and pubs appear to be always open and the staff are very friendly and kind. The two pizza restaurants are really good and one delivers. The castle is a real bonus and the escape rooms and medieval night were fun.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 17 September 2019
Published on: 22 September 2019
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