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Istria/Croatia in Sept?

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Istria/Croatia in Sept?

Bok! my wife and I are planning a trip to Porec We are pretty flexible, but were thinking shoulder season in September. We have traveled in Croatia 5 times, but have not been in Istria since our first trip in 2000, so things have changed and would appreciate ideas.

Planned itinerary - usually stay for 15-17 days. Hotels/rooms, prefer clean and old town, not interested in resorts/spas, we just need a good clean place to sleep.

Porec during Giostra



Opatija (never been here is it worth it?)

Split to visit friends

Mostar and Zenica to visit friends (no politics please - they are american friends!).

Any recommendations for places to stay, eat, visit, other towns must see? - We love the history, old town and are traveling without our college age kids for the 2nd time... Not all that interested in the nightlife, much prefer to meet locals and visit. Know enough language to get us in trouble!

Do we need to prebook rooms in September?


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Dobrodosli u Istru!

Istria is magical. If you like small old places there is no other place like Istria.

You should visit Porec, Rovinj, Motovun (Motovun film festival), Groznjan (Jazz & Blues open air festival), old town Labin. 5 km from Labin is Rabac - great beaches if you like to swim. If you have time you should visit Hum - the smallest town on Earth. Opatija is also very beautyifull, lots of old villas.

You need to prebook rooms. Great offer can be found at krourlaub.com/en

I hope you'll have great time in Istria.


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Umag is worth a visit & when in Porec,the Baredine caves are worthy of a couple of hours.Brijuni islands national park are another popular attraction.


Not Istria,but Venice is a popular daytrip from Porec or Rovinj if you haven't visited there already.

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3. Re: Istria/Croatia in Sept?

One more, minor detail: food, food food and wine! That's what you should "visit" in Istria!

Take a bite at Cittar in hotel Cittar in Novigrad as the latest hotspot for fine cuisine in Istria. Or, on the way there, you have a tiny Melon tavern - nothing to write home about when you enter the place but the crepes with truffles and prosciutto are divine! A glass of local terran and you will not be returning home any time soon :)))))))) Dirt cheap, if I may add...

Then you can go all over the peninsula in search for great sights and even more great food and wine.

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4. Re: Istria/Croatia in Sept?

Put on your itinerary Motovun (small town on a top of a hill), Hum (the worlds smallest town), Buzet (city of truffles), Grožnjan (town of artists). Also, take the boat trip to Lim Bay, Brijuni island, visit the Baredine caves, Vrsar and Dvigrad (medieval abandoned town).

You can visit Opatija on your way to Split.

Edited: 11 February 2010, 09:49
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5. Re: Istria/Croatia in Sept?

As you are familiar with Croatia already, and without kids, you really don't have to book in advance in the intended areas.

Opatija is a 19th century riviera resort of Austro-Hungarian monarchy, with very interesting suroundings, the old village Volosko, old town Lovran,islands Cres ,Lošinj, and a possibility of many day trips.

The locals are usually excited to hear foreigners trying to speak Croatian,so, go on.

Sretan put!

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