Where to go in Istria? From hill towns to sleepy villages to coastal resorts and Roman ruins, this lush peninsula in Croatia's northeast corner is crammed with attractions. To see a lot in a short stay, it's best to rent a car and follow one of my recommended Istria itineraries. A good base to launch your Istrian discovery is romantic Rovinj on the coast. Here are the 20 best sights to see in fascinating Istria. (Map below).
A sleepy town amid dramatic scenery and known as the truffle capital of Istria.
A cute town and a good base to visit the Brijuni Islands
Another lovely hill village known as a classical music training ground in summer.
An appealing hilltop town on Istria's eastern coast.
This drowned valley makes a great boat trip.
A small town and resort just south of Opatija on the Istrian coast.
A walled, old stone town tucked onto a peninsula with a superb marina.
A quiet town that makes a good base for exploring Istria's interior.
Everything an Adriatic fishing port should be plus easy beach access
Not just for windsurfers or lighthouse lovers, it has a real windswept charm and a fabulous resort hotel.
Many, many large resort-style hotels; home of pro tennis' ATP tournament
Worth a trip for the eerie mummy collection in the local church.
A medieval town and one of Europe's largest naturist camps.