Istria – from lazy sunbathers to frantic families

The Istrian peninsula has grown immensely popular among holiday-seekers from all over Europe, as it has everything it takes to satisfy the whole family:

Clear blue waters for the kids, sun and shopping for the teenagers, culture and good food for the parents. And all at a more affordable price than in, let’s say Italy.

The towns are on a smaller scale than its Dalmatian peers like Split and Dubrovnik further to the south, but that makes them more manageable for families, that want to make a trip for lunch or dinner. And there are many towns to choose from:

  • Cosy Piran in the north
  • Impressive Pula in the south with a 2000-year old Roman amphitheatre but crazy parking issues
  • Lovely, lazy Rabac in the east with the old town of Labin hovering over the sea and looking down on the lazy sunbathers
  • Poreč in the west with its UNESCO listed St. Eufemia Basilica
  • Rovinj, a little south of Poreč, with the old town concentrated on a small peninsula

Being popular, it comes as no surprise that there are many tourists in the high season which spans from mid-July to the end of August. Too many, but hey: if you’re here, you’re a part of the frantic masses and there’s only one way to make it work: be considerate, patient and good-humoured.

Keep your head out of the sun and a cool beer in your hand. Sit down and enjoy that you’ve got nothing to do and nowhere to be. Except here. Right now.


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