5 Things you need to do in Croatia

Croatia’s Istria is a fantastic place to visit on your next holiday and the area and its indented shoreline boast plenty of treasures. For those looking for a part of Croatia to visit, Istria has it all and should certainly be considered for those looking for a motorhome holiday. Here are some of the things to consider doing on a visit to this fabulous nation.

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Eating

Croatia’s food is often perceived as in-superior to its neighbour Italy’s. However the food in Croatia is second to none and the nation hosts some wonderful cuisine. Istria is particularly renowned for the quality of its food and cooking. The blend of inland food and seafood makes it a part of the country with a wonderful contrast. Meats and cheese are very pronounced in the region, however so is seafood from the Adriatic. Shellfish, scampi and calamari are all well-known delicacies from the region.

Istria’s truffles are known throughout the world and dogs are bred to search for the fungi, which are known to have aphrodisiac properties. These are then used in many of the dishes that are native to the area to give a distinct flavour.

History

Historically, Istria is not just about natural beauty or food – there’s plenty more to see and do in the area. Centuries of rule from abroad have meant the area has had numerous rulers, many of whom have left their mark on the area. From the Histri to the Romans, Istria and its people has been influenced from a wide range of other cultures. This is reflected in the cultural sights, monuments, churches and also the art and foods of the area.

When staying in Istria, you’ll be delighted with the array of guest houses in the region as well as many of the fantastic hotels. The Maistra Hotel group are certainly one to note and quite prominent in the Istria area. That said there are numerous other great places to stay too.

Wine

Istria’s wine and its vine yards are becoming well known throughout the world and its wine makers claim the soil is special in the area and ideal for the drink. For those who want to sample the local delicacies there are plenty of great vine yards and great days out surrounding the wine culture in the area. One of the nicest ways to visit the vine yards in Istria is to do so on a bike. It’s a great way to see the area and also taste wines – just don’t have too much.

National Park Brijuni

The Brijuni archipelago extends along the south west coast of the peninsula of Istria and is made up of a number of islands. It’s an incredibly beautiful place with a remarkable beauty and also has an amazing coast. The area has been populated since Roman times and numerous Roman villas and also temples are still evident. In addition, Byzantine castles and the basilica of St Mary are also located in the region, west coast of the island of Veli Brijuni. The area can also boast a safari park and golf courses, among other things.

Water Sports

Istria isn’t just about beauty and site seeing either and there is a whole host of sports and recreation activities built up around the area. Biking, sailing, horse riding, water sports, fishing and golf are just some of the fantastic activities available in the area. So, if you want to make your vacation a little more active you know that there’s plenty to do.

 

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