This is a nice itinerary to combine enjoyment of the great Istrian towns with a little relaxing on the beach, especially if you're flying into Pula airport. Istria is stuffed with great historical treasures and cultural attractions while the Kvarner is known for its fantastic sandy beaches and tranquil islands. Rovinj is a must and between Pula and Opatija lies the hilltop town of Labin where you can amble through a former coal mine or admire exquisite Venetian architecture. Offshore is the rugged island of Cres, home to the gargantuan griffon vulture and further south are the pine forests of Losinj.
This itinerary is enjoyable from late spring through early fall. Even at the height of the summer season the resorts are less crowded than in southern Dalmatia.
To do this in two weeks, you'd need to rent a car since bus transport on Cres, Losinj and Krk is tricky.
Duration: 14 days
Recommended Hotel in Pula: Park Plaza Histria Hotel
Visit the Brijuni Islands National Park where Tito entertained his celebrity guests.
Recommended Hotel in Rovinj: Hotel Monte Mulini
Visit the town of Rovinj, climbing the old streets to admire the Cathedral of St Euphemia. See more on Rovinj sights.
Recommended Hotel in Porec: Hotel Valamar Diamant
Recommended Hotel in Mali Losinj: Family Hotel Vespera
Relax on Cikat beach and visit Veli Losinj.
Recommended Hotel in Krk Town: Hotel Marina
Recommended Hotel in Lopar: Apartments Marina
Bask on Lopar's famous "Paradise Beach" and visit historic Rab town.
Recommended Hotel in Opatija: Astoria Design Hotel
Drive back to Pula for your return flight. Stop at Labin for a truffle omelette along the way!
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