Istria in time and space
How to find Istria?
With little more than two hundred thousand inhabitants, whose number increased residents of many European countries who recognized her natural beauty and that has delighted its gastronomy, the Istrian peninsula is located where the Adriatic Sea crawled deep into the European mainland, at the western end of which the Croatian isolated high massif Učka and almost in the center of Europe. Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are distant not more than five hundred kilometers away, while Spain, France, Poland and Greece are about a thousand kilometers of flight. Thanks to the highway, except by air Istria with the rest of Europe is very well connected by land, and until it can be reached by sea.
Istrian man through time
Since ancient times, Istria offers the hospitality of its residents. Several archaeological sites hiding evidence of Istrian early humans – hunters and gatherers who later and soon began themselves to cultivate the fertile Istrian soil from which it developed a rich agriculture. Have often had to scramble stone which would collect it and fenced their fields. Agricultural development was fueled by and mild Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine every year attracts many tourists. The inhabitants of Istria have always been farmers who took advantage of what they offered: Histrianus was a humble shepherd in the hills Cicarija, Oracle claims Barban country, vintner who got famous Istrian Malvasia from her smoky redness and fisherman who will often find that in a port patiently mending their nets, face in the wind and salt engraved traces of heavy fishing life. Istrians are mild-mannered, hard-working, patient, a little wary but very friendly and welcoming to every guest and a stranded passenger.
Country imbued with tradition
Tradition and culture
From natural diversity and industriousness Istrian indigenous rich Istrian traditional culture. On numerous folklore can still hear that hard, atonal Istrian two-part song accompanied with ancient pastoral instruments – roženice, Miho or Duplicate and see the old balun dance which will be performed Istrians in a simple brown and white wedge-shaped cloth costumes. The traditional costumes and many objects from ancient Istrians preserves the Ethnographic Museum, until you find the Istrian fields scattered kažun – small stone field shelters built in the dry.
Istria is full of churches, baroque palaces and medieval towns with their walls. Poreč hiding widely known St.Euphrasius basilica, beyond the cape Kamenjak hides a thousand years old Pula with its Arena whose amphitheater was used for gladiator fights. Near Pula have its scattered islets Brijuni archipelago, one of the Croatian national parks. In the far west, there are almost two hundred years old Savudria lighthouse and beach Porec, Rovinj and Lim canal streets delight even the most demanding visitor. Film Festival in Pula, the oldest and most attended film festival in Croatia, Motovun film festival, ATP tennis tournament in Umag and numerous fairs where you can find everything – from home grown products to various Istrian souvenirs – are part of the rich Istrian cultural offerings.
The gastronomic offer
Various traditions are interwoven in the soup kitchen, which boasts a lot of various vegetables, wild meat and seafood. Istrian food is mostly cooked, with plenty of aromatic spices, vinegar, olive oil and wine. The local Malvasia and Teran are known wines, and the sunny hills and manage numerous world-famous high-quality varieties such as Pinot, Chardonnay and Merlot. The ground conceals unusual costly mushrooms – Istrian truffle, a famous aphrodisiac with unsightly shape and intense scent, a popular gastronomic treat.
Istrian mild climate, fresh air and clean water make active holidays throughout the year: in addition to tennis courts and golf courses, Istria has numerous trails for jogging and cross-country skiing through untouched nature, biking, horseback riding trails and other “continental” sports and paragliding and hang-gliding, climbing and sport climbing, running through the hills, riding mountain bike on difficult trails, exploring caves and parachute jumping will satisfy even the most adventurous.