Today Istria puts a lot of effort in creating its image of an important tourist destination in this part of Europe, adjusting its economic development accordingly. So, coastal towns in this small area and those inland develop in a way that best reflects their assets.
PULA is the largest regional center, famous for its Roman amphitheater, Forum, temples and triumphal arch that testify to the eventful past of the Roman era. Later it was the main naval port of the Austro-Hungarian navy and Yugoslav army, and as a port developed shipbuilding, which has remained one of the major branches of economy until today. It is the University center, seat of many government offices and headquarters of the County Prefect. Pula is a city with a rich cultural life, theater and international festival events, as well as lively art scene. The nearby Brijuni National Park and Kamenjak Nature Park reveal the extraordinary beauty of this peaceful and pleasant area. It is well-connected by sea, land, rail and air. Its airport is an additional advantage for tourism development and communication, making it an increasingly popular destination.
ROVINJ is an enchanting and picturesque town that leaves no one indifferent. The town is topped by the Baroque Church of St. Euphemia, dominating the entire area and cherishing the memory of the martyr and legend about her arrival by sea, in a sarcophagus. The nearby island, marina full of small boats and medieval palaces with multi-colored facades are surely a captivating sight. Countless galleries, restaurants and small streets render this town unique in Istria. Once known for its fish processing plant and tobacco factory, today Rovinj is a popular tourist resort known for its luxury hotels and great cultural events and congresses. Here you can enjoy the music of renowned musicians at the Avantgarde Jazz Festival or exhibitions of the Adris Gallery.
POREČ lies on the west coast of Istria, which already in Roman times was an interesting location for founding colonies, so that here we find remains of temples and the Roman grid street pattern with the Basilica of Euphrasius dating from the 6th century as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also many valuable remains from the Romanesque period, as well as medieval palaces. It has always been the seat of the Poreč-Pula diocese and the location of the Istrian Parliament. Today it is the leading tourist resort in Croatia with high standards and rich sports, cultural and entertainment offer. Famed for its lagoons, promenades, greenery and well-maintained surroundings, the City offers tranquility and comfort, where guests will surely enjoy a true and fulfilled holiday.
Although today VIŠNJAN is most famous for its observatory, it was inhabited already in prehistoric times, which is testified by the many archaeological finds. Present-day Višnjan is surrounded by town walls and has a beautiful Baroque church, square and loggia with a view of the sea. Its inhabitants are mainly engaged in agriculture, wine growing and olive growing, as well as handicrafts. In the vicinity is the geno park "Boškarin" with examples of the protected and impressive autochthonous Istrian cattle. The observatory in Tićan has made Višnjan world-famous; it brings together a large number of astronomy enthusiasts and sky lovers. Located in the vicinity of Poreč, it is a real oasis of peace and tranquility in the summer months and popular tourist destination.
MOTOVUN is the best preserved medieval fortified town. Situated in central Istria, by the Mirna River, it is an especially picturesque sight and popular romantic getaway. In the past the fortification served to defend the town against enemies. Today it is the venue of the Motovun Film Festival, an international event bringing together a large number of film-lovers. The town was immortalized in a special legend about Veli Jože that talks about the cutting down of the famous Motovun Forest. The magnificent view from the top stretches throughout the entire valley and surrounding hills, which best explains the role of medieval fortifications. This charming town perched high and dominating the surrounding area is a characteristic sight of the Istrian interior which you simply must fall in love with.