What are your hobbies and interests? Do you want to stay on the coast or inland? Are you going to hire a car? Are you returning to Venice or travelling elsewhere?
For accommodation, do you want to stay in hotels, private accommodation, self catering, agrotourism, camping etc?
We would like to stay on the coast, traveling by bus south to see the rest of the country. We would love to see some ancient architecture. In terms of where to stay, doesn't really matter, not wanting to spend mOre then $70US per night
In the Istia region the main airport is Pula which is Istria’s biggest city known for its Roman monuments and amphitheatre. Rovinj is one of the main resorts and has some beautiful scenery with red-roofed houses surrounded by sea on three sides. Porec is a lovely Roman town as well. Both Rovinj and Porec can be busy in the summer months. Inland Istria is much quieter with oak woods, vineyards and hilltop towns.
Rabac is one of the best resorts for families with a nice beach.
Also recommend a visit to the Brijuni islands by boat. Stunning scenery :-
There are plenty of day trips available from Istria. Have a look at the following link which will give you a example of the types of day trips available :-
Rovinj has to be the number one choice of town to stay in. Porec is nice but too many tour buses and tourists!
You can visit most places by bus or organised excursion from Rovinj.
I would also suggest Rovinj. Very pretty and relaxed. Good choice of restaurants. We had a very chilled time there.
Rovinj is where I'd stay if I returned.....day trip to Pula!
Another vote for Rovinj. I stayed there last summer and loved it. I found rooms in a small pension (Pension Rovinj Villa Squero) for about $70/night. It was not super-deluxe, but it was right on the waterfront, and the owners were wonderful.
No contest it has to be Rovinj.
I don't understand fascination with Rovinj. There are so great places in Istria that I would put Rovinj somewhere at the bottom of the list.
The poster wants to stay on the coast and see ancient architecture. Running through all the main resorts on the coast, Umag, Novigrad, Vrsar, Porec, Pula and Rabac, I can't see how they are nicer or better connected than Rovinj.Edited: 10 February 2012, 07:56