Pack your getaway with top activities, and see the area’s most breathtaking scenery as you go. The dreamy Plitvice Lakes are a real draw, but set sail to one of the 14 Brijuni Islands to explore even more local beauty. Rovinj and its old town and aquarium combine ancient relics with modern marvels.
Most of the beaches are fronted with pebbles, but you’ll find a few sandy spots on your travels too. For starters, the main beach in Poreč is a favourite, with its sunbathing space and shaded restaurants just behind. Rovinj’s Amarin Beach is a lush pick with Blue Flag status.
Roman riches in the city
Pula city is brimming with cultural sites, including the mighty Roman amphitheatre, Pula Arena. It’s Croatia’s answer to Rome’s Colosseum, and where gladiators battled it out. There’s the palace and Gates of Hercules too. At night, sit down to Istrian-Italian cuisine, before catching a Lighting Giants show of huge neon structures.