Istria is a distinctive peninsula with sleepy, fairy-tail-like villages, green hills, vineyards, and olive orchards. At the same time, its indented coastline boasts ancient but well-preserved cities. Sailors will enjoy a green and blue symphony of the Rovinj archipelago with its 22 islets. The western coast is characterized by numerous islets, lagoons, and charming towns, crowned by the nearby Lim Bay, one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Istria.
In addition to Lim Bay, Istria is home to Brijuni National Park and Premantura, a panoramic village nestled in the top southernmost tip of the Istrian peninsula. In Premantura, visitors can find an uninterrupted experience in the coves beneath the Kamenjak cape. Thanks to its natural beauty and biodiversity, it was declared a nature park.
On the western coast of Istria stands the city of Novigrad. It’s an architectural gem and one of the best gourmet destinations in Istria. In the summertime, Novigrad hosts numerous culinary events, providing visitors with an opportunity to try traditional Istrian dishes and delicacies.
A combination of ancient history and modern amenities awaits in Villa Lorena, a five-star rental surrounded by the well-preserved city walls of Novigrad. This unique property offers a central location with a panoramic view right by the sea. The wellness area includes an indoor heated pool and a sauna. Just five kilometers away is the Aquapark Istralandia, a fun place for everyone, no matter the age.
Fans of music and movies have probably heard of Kaštelir, a medieval town surrounded by nature and olive orchards. It's located 10 kilometers from Poreč and full of exciting stories about its history. Kaštelir is also a good place to start your Istrian adventure if you love active holidays. Still, luxurious villas Istria also offer many amenities to those who just want to relax and enjoy.
Among those rentals is Villa Gabrijela, designed by the famous Croatian architect Ante Vrban. Five bedrooms spread across 400 square meters can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests. The garden features a mosaic pool and an outdoor dining table. The luxurious living room has a lounge area, as well as a bar with a vinotheque to make the evening hangouts even more pleasurable. Guests who don't want to worry about cooking on holidays can book breakfast and dinner service, as well as service staff.
Less than 10 kilometers from Kaštelir, you can find the fertile highland Vabriga. This part of Istria is known for extraordinary olive oil. According to the FAO experts, olives grown in this area give the best olive oil in Europe. The beautiful greenery also hides some of the most prestigious rentals, perfect for leisure and complete relaxation.
Villa Ralph presents just that. A magnificent 320 square meters villa can host up to eight persons. The gourmet kitchen has everything needed for making delicious meals, while the living room is designed as a gathering place for the whole family. However, the real magic happens outside. Open deck, garden, outdoor pool, grill, everything available with a panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea.
One of the most famous cities in Istria, Poreč, was founded by Romans, conquered by Venetians, so it’s a real chest of cultural treasures and historical heritage. It's a city many smaller places gravitate towards, including Nova Vas. This peaceful village with around 350 inhabitants is a perfect spot for enjoying privacy and tranquility while only a few kilometers from Poreč.
In Nova Vas lies Villa Kalipso, a contemporary residence in a secluded area. It accommodates up to eight people in four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 320 square meters of living space. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the space airy and bright while also providing an unobstructed view of Istrian valleys and greenery. The open-space concept is perfect for hanging around with family and friends, which can also be carried outside thanks to the outside grill, a heated pool, and a wine cellar.
One of the best kept Istrian secrets is a place of untouched beauty and rich cultural and architectural heritage - Bale. The average annual temperature is 14 °C, with 2,400 hours of sun a year. The 45th parallel passes through the southernmost part of Bale, which means that the location is ideal - halfway between the equator and the North Pole.
Surrounded by the green hills and untamed nature is Design Villa Noble. This exclusive rental has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two outside pools, a game room, and wellness with a spa and an indoor pool. The private garden with sunbeds presents an oasis of peace, while a spacious terrace with a dining table can comfortably accommodate the whole family. The well-thought-out design gives room for every guest to enjoy some private time while also encouraging gatherings in shared rooms and creating unforgettable memories in one of the stunning villas Istria.