Istra Info

Istria is not only a peninsula of tourism, entertainment, sports, sun and warm sea, the nearest sea to the heart of Europe. As small towns on the coast, full of Venetian and Austrian - Hungarian atmosphere have preserved their Roman memories, so into the peninsula inland traditions of Croatian people are still alive. The old towns on the hilltops, rich in Medieval architecture, frescoes and legends, still keep vigil - Motovun, Groznjan, Beram and the smallest town of the world - Hum.... By the small rivers, in the valleys, the clatters of old water-mills are heard even today, on country roads you can meet wooden carts drawn by tall oxen, the "Boskarin".

On the porches of stone houses old and local songs are sung, accompanied by Istrian characteristic instruments and "Balun" is danced. In the wine cellars of village houses you can still find excellent hams, dried in the Istrian "bura" wind, special ewe-cheese and white "Malvasia" or red "Teran" are kept in oak casks, wines with which Istrian "supa" is made - red wine, toasted bread, a spoonful of sugar, a little bit of olive oil, pepper and....Cheerio!!!

POREC (12.500 inhabitants)

For thousands of years Porec has been a pleasant place to live in, owing to its location on the western coast of the Istrian Peninsula, fertile and rich in vegetation, with mild Mediterranean climate. Traces of Roman architecture, which date back some twenty centuries ago, are still preserved in spite of later influences of Gothic, Germanic, Slavic, Venetian and Austrian architects. The town became famous all over the world because of saint Euphrasius Basilica with its beatiful Byzantine mosaics from 6 century. Towards the end of 1997 it entered the UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage list.

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