So much to do, see, taste and visit, yet you only get a few days in a year to do it. Seems unfair. To make it easier for you, start with the northwestern corner of Croatia, Istria, and move south. With the best traffic connections to most European cities and couple of airports nearby, Istria is the most logical choice - and it squeezes so much beauty in such a nice little peninsula, you'll still have to many options.



With its own celebrated gastronomy, wines and olive oils, Istria feels separate from the rest of Croatia. Nothing is ever far away and inland is as beautiful as the coast. Christened "Terra Magica" by the Romans, this triangular peninsula is brimming with villages weird and wonderful, so go exploring on foot, by bike or in a car. You'll love it.

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A true tourist mecca, due to its historic charm and modern comforts, beauty of Poreč is sometimes hard to see for all the hustle and bustle, but it is definitely there: in a sixth century basilica, the ancient Roman main square and the scores of restaurants, cafes and bars. Take the rewarding stroll south towards Zelena and Plava Resorts to join the masses at the pebbly beaches.

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The coastal town of Umag is the tennis capital of Croatia and the host of Croatia Open, part of the ATP tour. So come for lessons or just to play at the best facilities Croatia has to offer. Walk down a seaside promenade between the Old Town and the Marina, take the kids to the aquarium and enjoy yourself.

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