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About Istria

Istria is the heart shaped peninsula at the westernmost point of Croatia, jutting out with its beautiful riviera coastline into the Adriatic. It's just south of Trieste, Italy, and has been part of a number of nations, the Venetian Empire included, so Istria has a continental feel and a rich culture drawn from many places. There's a good mix of European tourists, it's popular with German, French and relatively local Italians, and that also adds to the cosmopolitan culture. Choosing the best places to stay in Istria depends on what you're here for.

Where to stay

  • 'Blue Istria', which is what the rocky, crenellated coastal region is called (Rovinj is the ideal base for exploring here), is for sun and sea lovers,
  • while 'Green Istria' refers to the quiet, verdant interior with its undulating hills, hilltop villages and rich cuisine.

What Not To Miss

  • The beaches of the Istrian peninsula aren't sandy, they're pebbled, or else the sea meets the shore in stunning rocky coves and sheer cliffs, but the water is super clear and there's plenty of sunshine. These conditions also appeal to sailors, and the addition of white sails in the marina adds glamour to the resort towns.
  • The interior, in contrast, is peaceful and unspoiled, with historic towns perching on hilltops overlooking lush fields. This is where much of the region's reputation for delicious cuisine comes from. Especially during truffle season.
  • Istria also has a number of vineyards. The Istrian interior is also a wonderful playground for walkers and cyclists.
  • Alternatively, take a truffle tour where you can learn all about truffles, the history of truffle hunting and even sample various truffle products.

This is a popular region during the peak summer months. So if you want to bag a bed in one of the best places to stay in Istria during July or August, get organised and book early.

The best places to stay in Istria

For spectacular views

  • Villa Stefanija nestles among untouched hills and enjoys stunning views down to the Adriatic. Spacious, airy rooms plus sun terrace, infinity pool and spa create the perfect ingredients for a romantic hideaway.

To escape

  • The Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti is a wonderful restaurant, vineyard and wine cellar with rooms, surrounded by stunning views of the Istrian countryside. The hotel itself has been converted from a stone farmhouse, and there are indoor and outdoor pools and the choice of several dining areas, all serving impeccable Mediterranean cuisine.

For a riviera break

  • The Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj is a relatively swanky affair in a great spot on the beautiful Croatian Riviera. The decor is modern, and makes excellent use of the spectacular views, and there are two excellent restaurants nd a top of the range spa.
  • Hotel Lone is superb luxury property overlooking Lone Bay. It's sleek and contemporary with excellent facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, gym and spa, plus three restaurants and four bars.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner, Booking.com for a wonderful selection of coastal properties ideal for making the most of the sea.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Pula Airport located 8.5km (5.3 miles) from Pula with a range of flights across Europe.
  • Alternatively, catch a train to Istria with rail links across the country to Pula.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore the stunning coast or winding hills, click here for prices and booking with our online partner Rental Cars.
  • Best time to visit - the summer from June to August for hot weather.

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Best Hotels in Istria

  • Hotel Peteani Labin, Istria 14 rooms from £52

    Local exploring  -  Labin is the oldest town in Istria and the perfect place to explore the region's rich natural and cultural heritage
    Beach Life  -  The Istrian coastline features sublime beaches with scintillating blue water
    Great walks  -  Istria boasts a beautiful selection of hiking trails that spread across the region
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Hotel Peteania is located in Labin's old town and is a short walk from the town centre. The traditional building has had a slick upgrade leaving a fresh contemporary feel without taking away from its original charm. The restaurant serves regional cuisine and a sauna is available for guests. Superb! See More

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  • Palazzo Angelica Oprtalj, Istria 8 rooms from £70

    Back to Nature  -  Set in the verdant Istrian countryside, with acres of gardens surrounding the hotel, you can get back to nature here
    Romantic Break  -  Choose the luxurious White Truffle Suite for a plush romantic break, complete with four-poster bed
    Hideaway  -  Nestled in the hills away from the city, this is a perfect spot for a hideaway holiday
    Spa  -  Small spa with sauna, whirlpool, gym and relaxation area.
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    This grand country villa and spa is nestled in the heart of the Istrian countryside. Rooms are named after local towns in the surrounding unspoiled hills; couples love the white truffle suite's luxurious four-poster bed. Relax by the pool or explore the endless gardens. An exclusive hideaway hotel. See More

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  • La Parenzana Buje, Istria 4 rooms from £73

    Families  -  The hotel's family rooms can sleep up to three people and there are lots of family-friendly activities locally
    Foodies  -  The hotel's restaurant is a favourite with foodies, serving up traditional Istrian dishes like Čripnja
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is perfectly located for exploring nearby rural towns, either hiking or by bike
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    This traditional Istrian villa sits between the beautiful inland hills and the Adriatic coast. Bright, simple rooms are dressed with local linens and feature wooden floors and exposed beams. Sample the classic restaurant on the terrace before hiring bikes to explore the area. A pretty, rural hotel. See More

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  • Hotel La Grisa Bale, Istria 22 rooms from £82

    Local exploring  -  Wander Bale's historic town centre and discover cobbled streets and the 16th-century Soardo–Bembo Castle
    Hideaway  -  With a spa and restaurant within the hotel, there's no need to leave on this hideaway holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Stay in the Romantic Suite and enjoy the in-room spa bath; great for a couples' getaway
    Great walks  -  Just 15 minutes from Bale is Fažana, an ideal starting point from which to explore the Brijuni National Park
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    This impressive heritage hotel is set across 11 houses in the historic town of Bale. The interior design reflects the former residences of the site the hotel now occupies; hand-selected vintage pieces sit alongside modern fittings. Enjoy al fresco dining at the organic restaurant. A luxe bolt-hole. See More

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  • Hotel Angelo d'Oro Rovinj (Istria) 27 rooms from £82

    City Style  -  Located on a quiet street a stone's throw from the city centre, this is a great option for a city break
    Romantic Break  -  With cosy bedrooms and an intimate walled garden, this hotel is great for couples on a romantic break
    Local exploring  -  There is lots to see in the historic town of Rovinj, explore on foot or hire bikes
    Sights nearby  -  Discover St Euphemia's Basilica, a Baroque church located in the heart of the historic part of Rovinj
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    This historic hotel is nestled on a quiet street close to Rovinj's main square. In the stylish renovation exposed wooden beams are complemented by antique furniture and rich, earthy linens. Enjoy breakfast in the stone-walled garden or relax with a drink in the cosy bar. An intimate city guesthouse. See More

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  • Hotel Adriatic Rovinj (Istria) 18 rooms from £84

    Short break  -  It is easy to see all of the medieval town during a short stay in Rovinj, making this hotel a great short fly stay
    City Style  -  The fantastic central location makes this a great base for exploring the historic city during your holiday
    Romantic Break  -  With less than 20 rooms, this intimate and quiet hotel is perfect for couples
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the beach on the island of St. Katarina with a free ticket courtesy of the hotel for the boat service and sunbed use
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    In this chic, harbour-front art hotel bright, modern rooms look out over the sea or the picturesque old town. The unique design of each suite includes original pieces produced by contemporary artists for the hotel. Enjoy an à la carte breakfast at the hotel's brasserie in this luxury port hotel. See More

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  • Villa Stefanija Istria 7 rooms from £95

    Airport transfer  -  The closest airports are: Rijeka 60 km, Zagreb 210 km , Trieste 80 km, Ljubljana 100 km, Venice 250 km
    Hideaway  -  A stunning rural location with breathtaking views out to sea make this the perfect summer hideaway.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Kvarner Gulf and its islands
    Restaurant  -  Serving traditional Croatian cuisine
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    Nestled in untouched hills with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, the hotel's sun terrace, infinity pool & spa provide the ultimate romantic and relaxing experience. Rooms are airy and spacious, some with private balconies. Fab restaurant serves delicious Croatian dishes and local wines. See More

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  • Spirito Santo Palazzo Storico Rovinj (Istria) 7 rooms from £95

    Active Holiday  -  With diving, snorkelling and sailing available off the Adriatic coast, this is a perfect start to an active holiday
    City Style  -  The central location of this hotel means it is a great base for exploring Rovinj's historic centre
    Romantic Break  -  This historic hotel, set in a picturesque medieval city, is a great setting for a romantic break
    Diving  -  Enquire at the hotel for information on local diving schools which offer courses and diving packages
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    This luxury hotel sits in Rovinj's historic centre. Dating back to the 1820s, the complex is made up of three renovated houses boasting original frescoes and sea views. Rooms offer luxurious fireplaces and designer furniture; the best have their own terrace and loggias. An opulent city guesthouse. See More

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  • Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti Pula 2 rooms from £108

    Foodies  -  Healthy and fragrant Mediterranean cuisine.
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    A beautiful stone farmhouse with its own vineyards and olive groves in the heart of Istria. Romantic rustic rooms and suites have wooden floors and pastel furnishings. Stunning views, Mediterranean cuisine, indoor and outdoor pools, and dining areas dotted around. Utterly romantic and rural. See More

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  • Rooms Stancija Ruseti Oprtalj, Istria from £112

    Hideaway  -  Located a short distance from the quaint towns of Oprtalj and Motovun - the perfect place to find peace and quiet
    Back to Nature  -  Soak in the picturesque landscape of Istria in this charming hotel nestled in the mountains
    Great walks  -  Surrounded by lush forests, hills and mountains, there are ample opportunities for beautiful walks
    Sights nearby  -  The stunning Baredine Cave and Portoroz Thermal Spa are both a short distance from the property
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    A charming guest house located in a gorgeous and remote location. Bright rooms have white washed walls, polished wooden floors, exposed stonework and spectacular mountain views.The enormous swimming pool is a real draw with its luxurious sun-loungers. A peaceful stay. See More

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  • Hotel San Rocco, Istria Brtonigla, Istria 14 rooms from £112

    Total relaxation  -  Choose a suite with a whirlpool or visit the on-site spa to unwind during your stay on this elegant estate
    Hideaway  -  Nestled within a park and olive grove, this country house is a great hideaway holiday destination
    Romantic Break  -  The quiet, pretty setting and comfortable, cosy rooms make this hotel a favourite with couples
    Cooking classes  -  Take cooking classes with the hotel's chef Miele, and learn how to create traditional Istrian dishes
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    This heritage hotel and gourmet restaurant is set in a renovated country estate, surrounded by a verdant park and olive grove. A family-run resort, the individually designed rooms draw on local tradition with wood, stone and wrought-iron details. Relax by the pool or in the spa; a chic guesthouse. See More

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  • Roxanich Wine and Heritage Hotel Motovun, Istria 32 rooms from £113

    Romantic Break  -  Book this hotel for a romantic weekend away with plenty of wine; reserve a luxury suite for beautiful valley views
    Foodies  -  Foodies flock to this hotel for its acclaimed fine-dining restaurant, one of the best in the area
    Country Escape  -  Set in the heart of the Istrian wine region, this hotel makes for a bucolic escape to the country
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    This heritage wine hotel is set amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Istria, Croatia. Inside, boutique rooms are individually dressed, with contemporary interior design juxtaposed against original exposed beams. Soak in romantic valley views from the spectacular infinity pool before a winery tour. See More

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  • San Servolo Resort Buje, Istria 19 rooms from £123

    Country Escape  -  Explore the beautiful Istrian countryside from this base, situated off the beaten track in Buje
    Spa breaks  -  With its contemporary beer spa - the first in Croatia - this hotel makes for a unique spa break
    Romantic Break  -  With its quiet rural setting and luxurious rooms, this hotel is popular with couples
    Great walks  -  Visit the town of Buje and walk along the old, stone-paved streets to the town's ancient centre on the hill
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    In this four-star Istrian boutique hotel and spa - formerly a craft brewery - the team use barley and hops to create a unique wellness experience. Choose between bright, spacious neoclassic or modern rooms before sampling the best cuts of Istrian meat in the steakhouse. An exclusive concept hotel. See More

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  • Kempinski Hotel Adriatic Savudrija, Istria 186 rooms from £127

    Beach Life  -  With access to a private beach from the hotel, and beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea, this makes a great beach break
    Active Holiday  -  Hiking, canoeing, snorkelling and diving are all available on the Istrian coast; enquire at the hotel for information
    Golf  -  Pack your clubs for this holiday — the hotel boasts its own 18-hole championship golf course
    Honeymoons  -  The beautiful beach, sleek spa and luxurious rooms make this a perfect honeymoon option
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    A luxury, five-star seafront golf and spa resort on the coveted peninsula Istria. Surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, the best of the hotel's spacious suites offer balconies with views over the Adriatic Sea. Relax on the private beach or in the plush spa; an exclusive beach resort. See More

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  • The Melegran Rovinj (Istria) 8 rooms from £128

    City Style  -  This is a great base for exploring Rovinj's historic old town; visit the nearby Heritage Museum during your stay
    Families  -  With a self-contained apartment suite adjoining the hotel, there are good options for a family stay here
    Romantic Break  -  The unique design and picturesque location of this hotel make it a great romantic break destination
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the church of St. Mary of the Rocks – a tiny chapel hidden in the woods just outside Beram
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    Tucked away on a quiet street in the middle of Rovinj's old town is The Melegran, a modern boutique hotel. Colourful, individually designed rooms have part-exposed stone walls and vintage-style soft furnishings. The spacious apartment suite is great for families. A chic and contemporary guesthouse. See More

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  • Villa Tuttorotto Rovinj (Istria) 7 rooms from £162

    Local exploring  -  Explore Rovinj's sights on foot from this well-located hotel, close to the beach and the historic centre
    Romantic Break  -  Arrange a private, candle-lit dinner on the terrace to make this your perfect romantic break
    Groups  -  Villetta Garibaldi, the hotel's adjoining self-catering villa, is great for groups
    Sailing  -  Enquire at the hotel to arrange a day cruise on a sailboat and explore the beautiful archipelago
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    This historic, 4-star villa is located on the site of the town's former fortress walls. The rooms have traditional décor, with beautiful teak floors and marble bathrooms; the hotel itself is adorned with unique local artefacts. Groups can rent the adjoining Villetta Garibaldi; a quaint guesthouse. See More

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  • Hotel Lone Rovinj 248 rooms from £157

    Total relaxation  -  Like a curvy ship into the hills, the spacious hotel's gardens are fragrant with lavender and rosemary, with a superb spa
    Romantic Break  -  Float from indoor pool, to spa, to luxurious beach club with concierge and cocktails
    Great walks  -  In pleasant shade of trees in the protected Zlatni rt forest park (Punta Corrente
    Tennis  -  8 outdoor courts and 4 indoors courts within complex
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    Outstanding 5* by crystal sea of Lone Bay. Minimalist rooms feature private balconies, uber modern bathrooms and pale wood furniture. Indoor and outdoor pool, beach area, gym, spa and tennis courts. Three restaurants and four bars all focus on gourmet hospitality. Immeasurably chic. See More

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  • Grand Park Hotel Rovinj 209 rooms from £175

    Hideaway  -  Set apart on the marina overlooking the old town of Rovinj, book this hotel for a boutique hideaway holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Creative couples swoon at this impossibly stylish design hotel; book a luxury suite for a special occasion
    Foodies  -  With a range of restaurants, from bespoke fine dining to casual bites, this hotel is perfect for foodies
    Kayaking  -  Venture out onto the waters with a kayaking excursion, a family-friendly activity; rent kayaks from the hotel
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    This design hotel is nestled in a pine forest on the coast overlooking Rovinj's old town. Interiors are effortlessly chic, from a split-level suite with a two-storey bookcase to a sea view room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Bespoke restaurants, a spa and promenade of boutiques completes the resort. See More

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  • Boutique Hotel Valsabbion Pula (Istria) 11 rooms from £207

    Total relaxation  -  With just 11 rooms this boutique hotel is perfect for a quiet, relaxing break; book in for a massage during your stay
    Beach Life  -  A stone's throw from the sea, and with its own private beach access, this is the perfect seaside getaway
    Romantic Break  -  Views over the Adriatic Sea from the pool plus the sleek spa make this hotel a favourite with couples
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Fort Bourguignon, one of many fortresses in Pula that were built by the Austrian Empire
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    An exclusive seafront hotel and spa. The individually designed rooms are dressed with hand-selected modern furnishings, from sink-into rugs to plush throws. Relax by the pool and enjoy spectacular views over the Adriatic Sea, or visit the boutique spa for a treatment. A stylish home away from home. See More

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  • San Canzian Village & Hotel Buje, Istria 24 rooms from £278

    Romantic Break  -  Idyllic for couples — enjoy the cuisine, sip on cocktails in the garden, and stay in the Romantic Suite with a private terrace
    Country House  -  Offering a secluded and scenic rural setting with bucolic views and everything you need onsite from gourmet dining to mod cons
    Restaurant  -  The four and seven-course fine-dining menus, created by Michelin-starred chefs, at the Noel Restaurant are superb
    Foodies  -  Gastronomic experiences include wine and olive oil tastings, truffle hunting, and in-house cooking classes
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    A charming rural hideaway with gourmet dining, chic contemporary design, and bucolic views. Rooms, suites, and villas are decorated in soft grey hues with minimalist furniture. Noel Restaurant (opened by Michelin-starred chefs from its namesake in Zagreb) is the real lure. Ideal for couples. See More

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  • Ikador Hotel & Spa Opatija (Ika) 16 rooms from £383

    Luxury  -  Luxury is the aim of the game here from the gourmet cuisine to the nothing's-too-much concierge service, you won't lift a finger
    Total relaxation  -  With its water-side location, impeccable service, and spoiling spa — it is hard not to relax here
    Hotel boats for hire  -  Use the hotel's private speedboat for exploring the nearby Kvarner islands
    Spa  -  Ikalia Spa offers experience showers, massages with stones, beauty treatments, & a gravity-free (water) bed to "float" on
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    A small luxury hotel boasting a spectacular waterfront setting overlooking the Kvarner Gulf. Swish rooms and suites feature private balconies and marble bathrooms. With all the luxury trimmings including a spa, infinity pool, and gourmet dining this is a real treat for a holiday in the sun. See More

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  • Hotel Monte Mulini Rovinj 99 rooms from £508

    Views  -  Wonderful views over the bay.
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    A superbly swanky hotel on the Croatian Riviera. Large slick modern design throughout rooms and suites, private balconies with stunning bay views, and all the mod cons. Two excellent restaurants, top of the range spa, four tennis courts nearby. A sophisticated spot for a beach holiday. See More

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