Located at the north of Croatia, Istria is a heart-shaped peninsula that borders with Slovenia's short coastline.
Because of its proximity to Italy, Istria shares a lot of similarity with its neighbour, which can be seen in its architecture. Since it is so close to Slovenia, Italy, Austria, etc. Istria became a popular holiday destination. But, don’t think there are just beach side hotels wherever you look, there is also a lot of history displayed in the old towns like Rovinj or Porec. One monument that is still preserved to this day is something that puts Istria on the maps, and that is a Roman Amphitheatre, located next door to marina in Pula.
The main charter base in Istria region is Pula, where you can find available skippered or bareboat charter. Just a few miles out of the town centre is where the airport is located, so coming or going to Pula is quite easy.
The town of Pula is full of museums and its rich history can be seen through architecture where you can find influences of Byzantine, Venetian and Austrian culture. Arena in Pula is one of the most preserved Roman amphitheatre.
When you charter a sailing boat (sailing yacht, catamaran, luxury yacht or gullet) in Pula you will be able to explore a large area starting with the islands to the east (Cres, Losinj, Krk, Rab and Silba). If you like to sail, stay with us for another one charter week and let us take you south towards Kornati National Park or even all the way to Hvar.
The Brijuni islands consist of two main large islands and 12 islets. The tourist can only visit the largest island, Veli Brijun. A visit to this beautiful national park will be your eclectic highlight of the day. The island itself is covered with meadows, oak and laurel forests, parks and what is mostly interesting, you can find on it a rare plant like marine poppy or wild cucumber.
Coming to Istria and not visiting this archipelago is a total waste. Make time for a short trip (15 minutes boat ride from Pula or Fazana) and enjoy yourself while you are being driven through the park with a miniature Tourist Train. The whole trip will take JUST 4 hours. Well, there is a lot to see here. First is a 9-hectare Safari Park where you can see animals given to Tito as presents. Coming more inland, you will see a Roman Country house (from 1st Century BC), an Archaeological Museum inside a citadel dating from 16th century, St Germain Church that is now a gallery.
If you want to check out Tito’s leisure life, then step into Tito on Briuni Exibit, in a building behind Hotel Karmen. Tito’s collection of stuffed animals occupies the bottom floor. On the upper floors are reserved for photos of a former Yugoslav president with various film starts like Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Josephine Baker and world leaders such as Indira Gandhi and even Fidel Castro.
In case you had enough of crowd and would like to be alone, there is a perfect place for that. Some 10 km south of Pula lies your perfect oasis of tranquillity – Cape Kamenjak. Situated on the Istria’s southernmost point, this wild and totally uninhabited place installs calmness as soon as you enter its boundaries. Full of wild flowers, rolling hills, typical Mediterranean shrubbery, medicinal herbs, various fruit trees, and so much more, is definitely a place where you can relax and enjoy your stay in one of its hidden beaches and coves. But please, do not spend your whole day on your sailing boat (sailing yacht, catamaran, motor boat or gullet), since Cape Kamenjak is full of gravel roads and paths that can take you through this marvellous Istrian jewel on foot or on bike.
Even though it is a largest island, Cres is surprisingly underpopulated. The island itself is steep, full of green and evergreen trees and of course it comes fully equipped with traditional Mediterranean wall settlements AND pebble beaches.
Because of its wild nature which can be observed through its primeval forests, craggy coastline, soaring hills etc. it can be intoxicating and inspiring at the same time. In Cres you have a feeling like there are no boundaries, big sky and huge panoramic views come in abundance. While walking through the city you will notice that almost every road or a path has at its end offers a grand panoramic view of the surrounding area.
On the northern half of the island, or Tramuntana, covered in dense oak, hornbeam, elk and chestnut forest you can find the protected griffon vulture. In the visitor centre in Beli you will be able to see these magnificent creatures.
You might think by now that we are pulling your leg, since most of the described locations are always “great”, “stunning”, “gorgeous” etc. But we are not! And it is hard to be fair when talking about these places we visit every year and where we every time discover something new. Losinj is an island connected with Cres by a short bridge. Here everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY can find something to enjoy. Tourists can enjoy museums, beaches, kayak hire, cycling or just walking, diving or windsurfing. The main town, Mali Losinj offers a variety of hotels, restaurants and some nightlife attractions.
Close to the island of Losinj, lies the small island of Susak. Together with the island of Unije, Susak is the westernmost of the northern group of Croatia islands. With just under 200 residents live on the island and they are mostly inhabiting the main settlement Susak Town. Port of Susak is a very popular destination for boats coming from Losinj.
The island is known for its sandy beaches and yellow dust. It is this yellow dust that makes this island so unique, just check with someone who was there. Because it is a small, and relatively undiscovered island in the global touristic guides you can still enjoy this diamond without crowd of people on its pristine beaches.