Destination guide

Get sun-kissed in this Croatian destination

Overlooked and underrated no more, Croatia is now well and truly on the radar of savvy travelers. Spearing down into the Adriatic Sea, the country's Istrian peninsula is awash with coastal resorts, pretty hilltop villages, olive groves, and rocky beaches. Many come to lounge in the hot summer sun, but drag yourself away from the beach and you'll find Roman ruins, gastronomic delights, and thermal spas, plus a nature park home to waterfalls, hiking trails, and eagles. There's enough here to keep you occupied for weeks, and Istria County vacation rentals make it incredibly easy to explore this stunning part of Croatia.

Things to do

Count on Istria County for rich history and spectacular olive oil

The peninsula has a fascinating past and Istria County vacation rentals near Pula make it easy to delve right in. The city's Museum Olei Histriae tells the story of olive growing in the region, while Arheoloski muzej Istre is filled with prehistoric and medieval artifacts. Pula's well-preserved Roman amphitheater definitely merits a look. Enter the Baredine Cave near Porec and swap the warm sun for a mystical world of stalagmites and stalactites. The Dalmatian Coast to the south is famous for picturesque islands such as Korcula and Hvar, but Istria has its own jewels, and the Brijuni Islands off the coast of Pula are certainly worth visiting.

Activities

Lounge like a lizard or fly like a bird in Istria

There's no denying Istria is a sun-seeker's paradise where you can sprawl on warm rocks and cool off in azure waters to your heart's content. Its rocky west coast is home to leading resorts such as Umag and Porec, both of which are within easy reach of popular beaches such as Kanegra and Aurora. Ready for some action? Kayaking, sailing, diving, and fishing are just some of the water-based activities on offer in Istria. Why not hire a mountain bike and discover Cape Kamenjak on 2 wheels? Perhaps head to the area around Buzet for hang gliding and a chance to take in Istria from a whole different perspective.

Weather

Find more space for your sunbed in June and September

Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, the Istrian peninsula tends to enjoy mild winters and warm, dry summers, with lots of sunshine throughout the year. If you're planning a summer visit then be sure to pack plenty of t-shirts and sunscreen, as temperatures typically nudge up into the low 80s. Expect daytime highs of around 50 degrees between December and February, while nighttime temperatures usually fall back into the high 20s. Consider traveling in June or September, either end of the peak summer holiday period, if you're after quieter beaches and the best deals on Istria County vacation rentals.

Natural features

Pull on your walking boots and get exploring

If getting close to nature is a top priority, you'll find plenty of Istria County vacation rentals that'll ensure you're right at the heart of the action. The peninsular is home to Ucka Nature Park, part of the Cicarija mountain range, which boasts a number of protected plant and animal species. Learn all about them by following the Plas educational trail. Griffon vultures and golden eagles can be seen soaring overhead, so keep your camera handy. More adventurous souls can climb to the top of Vojak, the park's highest peak. On a clear day, you'll be treated to spectacular views across Istria and Italy.

Where to stay around Istria?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 20,192 vacation rentals near Istria. From 4,554 Houses to 2,845 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Istria for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Istria?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Istria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Pula: 9,957 vacation rentals
  • Rovinj: 6,929 vacation rentals
  • Poreč: 6,931 vacation rentals
  • Zamask: 1,281 vacation rentals
  • Umag: 3,192 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Istria! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Istria?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Istria:

  • Pula: 9,957 rentals
  • Rovinj: 6,929 rentals
  • Poreč: 6,931 rentals
  • Zamask: 1,281 rentals
  • Umag: 3,192 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Istria?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Istria are:

  • Pula Airport (PUY): 13,520 vacation rentals
  • Portoroz Airport (POW): 439 vacation rentals
  • Ronchi Dei Legionari Airport (TRS): 468 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Istria?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Istria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Umag Beach: 5,124 rentals
  • Dvigrad: 14,372 rentals
  • Rovinj Harbour: 11,798 rentals
  • Spadici Beach: 8,410 rentals
  • Punta Verudela Beach: 11,167 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Istria listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Istria

Pula
9,957 vacation rentals
Rovinj
6,929 vacation rentals
Poreč
6,931 vacation rentals
Zamask
1,281 vacation rentals
Umag
3,192 vacation rentals
Medulin
8,724 vacation rentals
Rabac
2,212 vacation rentals
Fažana
9,859 vacation rentals
Labin
3,325 vacation rentals
Buzet
1,492 vacation rentals
Vodnjan
12,278 vacation rentals
Motovun
2,143 vacation rentals
Banjole
8,550 vacation rentals
Juršići
5,554 vacation rentals
Presika
2,461 vacation rentals
Premantura
7,972 vacation rentals
Stinjan
9,080 vacation rentals
Buje
4,303 vacation rentals
Novigrad
4,635 vacation rentals
Ližnjan
9,818 vacation rentals