Pula, Istria

Like a magical oasis of inspirations and rich heritage, Istria catches the fascination of travellers from every corner of the world. The opulent cultural fabric of the Istrian peninsula is woven of buildings from almost every cultural era, while the Roman amphitheatre in Pula and the Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč are world-class monuments.

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Euphrasian Basilica

Euphrasian Basilica
The Poreč cathedral is one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in Croatia, and its importance at the global scene has also been recognised by UNESCO, when it was included on the world heritage list in 1997. The cathedral area is located at the northern side of the Poreč peninsula and includes, apart from the church, the bishop’s palace, the font, valuable archaeological remains of older churches and mosaics, 3rd c. painting techniques. With its grandiose dimensions, this three-nave cathedral was built on the ...

Hum - the smallest city in the world

Hum - the smallest city in the world
According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley. It is situated in the centre of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Despite such a small number of residents it preserved the old ritual “Election of the prefect for a year” when all the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Inside the preserved city walls there are two small streets with three rows of houses. Today, Hum is a ...

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Glagolitic Alley

The Glagolitic Alley is 7 km long and leads from Roč to Hum. It comprises 11 commemorative headstones representing the development and Croatian roots of the Glagolitic script, especially in Istria. It starts with “The column of the Chakavian gathering”, erected in 1977. The commemorative headstones are lying along ...
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Gigantic Istrian kažun in Vodnjan

Did you know that the greatest kažun - stone shelter in Istria has a diameter over 4.5 m and the height of over 4 m? They are small field dry wall shelters widespread throughout Istria. The kažun shelters are so small that an adult was unable to stand up inside them, and it was a real discovery that three persons ...
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Lonely Planet: Istria among the best in 2011

Lonely Planet, the celebrated travel guide publisher, has placed Istria at number two position on its famed list of 10 must-see world regions. The selection, together with a description of Istria and its attractions, was published in the Best in Travel 2011, an annual guidebook with more than 200 pages on which Lonely ...
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Small - big Istrian giants

It's incredible how many times I travelled down Istrian roads perplexed by the same questions; How come that all these towns were built so high on hilltops? Who carried the heavy stones up steep paths? And how long did it take to construct such well-preserved fortresses? History offers more or less clear and boring ...
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Romance in Istria

I have not yet heard of anyone returning from Istria without butterflies in their stomach, that feeling you get when you are close to someone or something you admire. Some fall in love with Istria’s wines, some with its pastas and truffles, while others even fall in love with the smell of fresh-mowed grass or the ...
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