“Tone Tuscany down a notch or two – thin the tourist hordes, lower the prices, sprinkle a little mystique – and you get Istria. Shaped like a heart, this Italian-flavoured peninsula of 3600 sq km is where continental Croatia meets the Adriatic. In summer months, the sun-and-sea set storms the resort-lined coast, or so-called ‘blue Istria’. For art, food, wine and an offbeat vibe, head to the interior, nicknamed ‘green Istria’ – a bucolic dream of rolling hills, hilltop villages, rural B&Bs and farmhouse restaurants.” Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions for 2011
Istria or Istra called by Croatians is a 3600 sq km heart shaped peninsula in Croatia. Its situated south from Trieste in Italy on the northern part of the Adriatic sea. Just across the water is Italy, but the pervasive Italian influence makes it seem much closer.
The region has a rugged and rocky beaches all over the coastal strip. Even though rocky many beaches have ‘swimming pool steps’ to get into the clear and clean sea.
The central Istrian lanscape consist of rolling green hills and fertile land. It was also referred to as the ‘new Tuscany’.
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