The Evolving Inland
Enveloped by the transparent waters of the Adriatic, the peninsula of Istria will amaze you with spectacular natural scenery in
constant transformation over the course of the year.
Coastal villages such as Rovinj, with its simple ports, fishing boats and narrow streets, reflect the spirit of the Mediterranean,
while moving inland gives way to the kind of green and fertile hues associated with the landscapes of Provence and Tuscany.
Where to go
As a unique example of early Byzantine art in the Mediterranean dating back to the sixth century, the basilica was commissioned by Bishop Euphrasius and the entire complex (basilica, baptistery, atrium, bell tower, Bishop’s Palace) has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The church of St. Euphemia is ranked among the most beautiful representations of the Baroque period in Istria and dominates the small coastal town of Rovinj. St. Euphemia is the town’s patron saint and her remains are housed in a marble sarcophagus in the church.
Standing proud on the peaks of hills rising from the fertile valley of River Mirna, the small towns of Grožnjan and Motovun are renowned for their architecture and numerous art galleries, in addition to a variety of music and film events.
Located around 14 kilometres south east of Buzet is the tiny medieval town of Hum, the centre of old Slavic Glagolitic script and home to precious twelfth-century frescoes. The town – a monument of medieval urban architecture – has officially been declared the smallest in the world!
Situated on the top of a hill, Labin attracts its visitors with historical tales of miners, the character of Matija Vlačić Ilirik and its medieval streets which are transformed into a stage for a variety of artists in the summer months.
Pula amphitheatre is the largest monument dating from the first century AD and was originally designed for gladiatorial combat. Nowadays it is a world-famous concert and festival venue.