Weekend Breaks to Istria
Planning a short break to Istria? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Istria. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Istria. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Istria on a Short Break
located near the base of the Istrian peninsula, Pula is the largest city in Istria. Sights in the city include the Temple of Augustus, Triumphal Arch of the Segii and one of the most famous sights in Croatia, The Roman Amphitheatre in Pula.
The Amphitheatre was built during the 1st Century AD and at three stories high is the sixth largest amphitheatre in the world.
The Pula opera festival held in the Summer and many other events throughout the year are held at the amphiteatre.
the largest resort in Istria, Porec is continually rated as one of the top holiday destinations in Croatia. The town itself is over 2000 years old and a visit to the Old Town with its various historical sights, such as the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, is a must.
The main tourist areas are the two bays on the southern side of the town called Zelena and Plava Lagoon that have several hotels and entertainment areas. The town is also fantastic for sports enthusiasts with 165 tennis courts located near the sea and tons of watersport activities.
built on the remains of an earlier Trinaval Basilica in the first half of the 6th century, the Basilica is the most valuable cultural monument in Porec. The entrabce of the Basilica has a lovely open atrium with columns and arches and a square in the centre. Opposite the entrance Loctagonay Babtistry is located and in the northeastern corner of the Basilica is a memorial chapel whose ground floor plan differs from that of the surrounding buildings.
Inside the Basilica are the famous and beautiful golg mosaics and visitors can also climb up to the steeple for panaromic views of Porec and the surrounding areas. Entranc is free but donations are very welcome.
located one kilometer from the centre of the town of Rovinj next to Hotel Eden, MONVI is the largest entertainment centre in Croatia. Covering an area of 6000 meters squared this multimedia complex provides entertainment for visitors of all ages around the clock.
Included in the complex is an internet cafe, amphitheatre hosting live concerts by national and international bands as well as extreme sports shows, artificial climbing wall, Big Blue Sweet Bar serving all kinds of sweet treats from ice cream cups to cakes, La Playa cocktail bar that has over 100 cocktails as well as music and DJ's, MONVI's most famous club is the Temple Super Club that hosts international DJ's on Fridays, go go dancers every week and a full bar with loud music in the background.
Two of the most popular resrtaurants in the complex are Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant serving authentic Mexican food and drinks and Fuego Pizzeria that serves 30 kinds of origional Italian pizzas cooked in an open fire.
For extra info: www.monvicenter.com/
one of the most popular beaches in Rovinj, Lone beach is located close to the centre of town south of the Aci Marina. The area around the bay has been improved with pedestrian pathways and lush greenery as Lone bay is a part of the protected Zlatni Rt Park forest that is acclaimed for its beautiful conifers, wilmoren fir trees and centuries old olive plantations.
The bay is the ideal spot for senior citizens and children as the waters are great for swimming and the beach is good for playing and sunbathing. When the sun becomes too much, visitors can enjoy the shade under a canopy of centuries old trees a few meters from th shore. Grab a bite to eat at one of the two snack bars. Small boats, peddle boats and windsurf boards can be rented at the entrance to Zlatni Rt Park.
located in the southeastern side of Rovinj harbour near the small shipyard, 1km from the town centre. The marina is open all year round and has 380 berths with water and power supply. Other facilities at the marina include a reception area, toilets, showers, grocery shop, gas station and variety of popular and delicious restaurants.
The marina makes a special effort to keep the surrounding beaches and environment clean and this has led to a nomination in 2000 for the European Blue Flag Environmental Award.
located off the coast of Rovinj, the shipwreck of the Baron Gautsch lies at a depth of 40 meters. The interesting thing about the wreck is the fact that it is still in an upright position with its bow facing in the direction the ship was heading before it sank.The other fascinating thing about the wreck is that when you dive it in its present state you can still feel the atmosphere of days gone by and imagine the ladies strolling the deck and the gentelment going about their business over cigars and brandy.
The wreck is great for dives of medium difficulty where one dives only the outside of the wreck, up to the advanced technical investigations of the inside of the ship. Although the upper decks are in ruins, a partial entrance to the ship is still possible and one of the best parts is the passenger deck that lies at a depth of about 30 meters.
another one of the most popular resorts in Istria among foreign visitors is Umag and its 20km long riviera. The town is also well known for its international tennis centre that hosts the Croatian open tennis tournament every year in July. Other popular attractions in the town include the Marina and the Old Town with its attractive homes and quaint narrow, cobbled streets. The Umag coast has lots of picturesque little bays that are great for swimming and tons of hotels to stay in.
located on the bottom floor of the 118 year old Austro Hungarian Fortress in the city of Pula. The aquarium takes up five large rooms of the fortress and covers a total area of 600 meters squared. Highlights of the aquarium include the large sea water tanks that contain representatives of North Adriatic flora and fauna and a massive open tank that contains dogfish, sea urchins, crabs and star fish. A boat lets visitors get up close and personal with the creatures in the tank.
More details available at www.aquariumpula-istria.hr/
located in the western part of Pula near the sea and at the foot of the central hill. The Forum was the main square of medieval and classical Pula and city life revolved around it. Two twin temples were built on the northern side of the Forum.
The first temple was dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva and today only the back wall, built in the 13th century, is still preserved. The second Temple is the Temple of Augustus that has been fully preserved and can be viewed by visitors.
A bank has been built on the old site of the Forum and ancient remains and relics found during construction are desplayed here and the Forum still remains the administrative and legislative centre of Pula and hosts assorted cultural events in the Summer.
Rt Kamenjak is the southest point of Istrian peninsula. It is located in Premantura, a beautiful turistic place, 10 minutes of ride from Pula. On Kamenjak you can enjoy in clearest waters, canions and magnificent view, and beaches are never crowded. At night you can refresh yourself at unique caffe bar all made of natural materials that even offers fun for the youngest, great sangria and posibility to enjoy the magical stary night not "infected" by the city lights. There is lot more that will complete your vacation but that is left for you to discover. NOT TO MISS!
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