Istria is a small peninsula in Croatia. If you want to enjoy relaxing and calm vacations, Istria is the best choice. You will love eating delicious food, wine, and walking on the beautiful beaches. If you love adventure sports, you can enjoy paragliding, parasailing, and biking. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. There are many vibrant cities and villages. There are some must-see sites that will make your holidays more enjoyable. There are a lot of things to do and enjoy in this small peninsula. Some of the must-see sites of Istria are:
Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
If you love Byzantine art, you should visit the two historic cities Porec and Euphrasian Basilica. It is a beautiful cathedral and daunted with vibrant Byzantine mosaics. The basilica also received the UNESCO status in 1997. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Croatia. The basilica was built by Bishop Euphrasius between 543 and 554. There are nine naves and marble columns. There are many beautiful ancient buildings adjacent the cathedral. Besides the Basilica, there are many other beautiful sights in the city from Roman times. You should not miss seeing the historic sights such as Neptune’s and Big Temple, Marafor and medieval walls that surround the city.
Brijuni National Park
The park consists of two large and 12 small islands and islets. It was used as a summer residence by Marshal Tito, the Yugoslavian president from 1949 till 1980. He added a number of oddities to the islands including animals such as zebras, antelope, and native plants. Today, only two main islands of Veli Brijun and Mali Brijun are open to the public. The main attractions in the Brijuni National Park are the remains of a second-century Byzantine fortress, a Roman Villa, the safari park, the church of St. Germana, and an exhibit to Tito. You can visit the national park with the whole family and enjoy a whole day. It is known as the “jewels of Istria”. It is the perfect place to enjoy the green landscape of the city.
Lovran is a beautiful summer resort in Croatia. Lovran enjoys a mild climate and it is busy throughout the year. Explore the old and fortified part of the town. Important tourist attractions in the area include the Romanesque bell tower and the fourteenth century, Baroque-style church of St. George on the main square. Many events held in Lovran in which you can take part and enjoy your vacations.
Temple of Augustus
Another popular and fascinating site in the city of Pula is the temple of Augustus. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Roma and the emperor Augustus. The building is well preserved. The temple stands on the edge of a large square in the center of Pula. Many exhibitions take place inside the temple throughout the year. There are many cafes and restaurants that line the square where you can enjoy a meal or a drink. It is one of the best sites to visit in Istria.