This map of Istria, Croatia will help you to get familiarized with this peninsula only dozens of kilometers from Italy, bordering with Republic of Slovenia.
Being very close to Italy , Istria has a strong Italian flavor. Practically local people speak Italian fluently and don’t be surprised if you come in July or August to see streets crowded with Italian visitors.
Istria is often called green and blue peninsula. The Blue one is the part along the Adriatic coast from Umag to Pula. The green one is the fraction of internal medieval cities where the mountain valleys appear light green and tan. It’s sometimes compared with famous Italian Tuscany region.
The Blue Istria with its beautiful beaches is rather crowded during summer months but I highly recommend to visit magnificent Istria’s interior following very simple itinerary.
From Pula, you should visit the small but charming town Vodnjan. While in Pula, don’t miss to take a day trip to National Park of Brijuni Islands, pictured below:
From the beautiful Rovinj, take a day trip to Pazin and Buzet. Finally, while staying in Porec , take a short excursion to Motovun and Groznjan. These are two charming, must see places in Croatia. Below you can see a bit of what Motovun has to offer:
Detailed Istria Map
- Motovun – a small hilltop village sitting on a hill some 227m above sea level will become a trip to the past when this town was a part of Venice.
- Buzet – called the town of truffles dating from the Middle Ages lies on a hilltop above a fertile valley of the longest Istria river – the Mirna
- Groznjan – the town of artists, 14th century Venetian village of Groznjan is located 15 km inland in North West Istria ,8km Southeast of Buje, and 26 km Northeast of Porec.
- Rovinj Croatia – one of the most beautiful Istria towns, situated on the west side of the peninsula, which is a favorite tourist destination.
- Pula, capital of Istria – with Roman arena from the 3rd century the symbol of a town after Rome and Verona, the third in size.
Are you looking a way to get from Venice to Istria? Wouldn’t be nice to start in Venice and then take a day or two down the Istria coast? Now you can take one of fast catamaran ferries service that have been connecting Venice to Istria for several years now. See below the Istria map with all catamaran connections.
There are a ton of amazing things you can do in Istria and these maps that we have shared, as well as all the extra details, will help you make the most out of your stay in this beautiful Croatian peninsula.