10 reasons to visit Istria this winter

Here are ten things to do in Istria this winter, as recommended by the locals:






  1. Carnivals in Istria - Most Istrian towns have a big costume promenade around mid February. Do not miss!
  2.  You like it sweet? Must visit Pazin for the Honey Days, 27-28 February.
  3. Istrian Rivietra From 28 february – 8 March This March in Umag, the Istrian Riviera, will be gathering 120 players from 12 countries. The matches will be played  in the Umag Tennis Academy Centre in Umag, with a 10 thousand Dollar prize fund.
  4. Oleum olivarum in Krasica 7-8 March Like Olive oil? This is a must visit to this small picturesque town in Nort West Istria.
  5. For all the meat lovers! Sausage days 28.02-01.03 Sv.Petar u Sumi.
  6.  Trophy Umag 04.03.2015 A one-day race on the international calendar of the World Cycling Organization UCI(Union Cycliste International), ranked as 1.2 and open for all cyclists in categories Men Elite and U-23, that is for UCI Kontinental teams, national teams, regional teams and clubs. It will be held for the third time on Wednesday, 4 March 2015.
  7.  Gran Prix Porec – International cycling race. A one-day race on the international calendar of the World Cycling Organization UCI(Union Cycliste International), open for all cyclists in categories Men Elite and U-23, that is for UCI Kontinental teams, national teams, regional teams and clubs.
  8. Seashells days 16.02-23.03.2015 You’ll have  a chance to taste  sea morsels at the Days of seashells organised by the tourist boards of Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla and Buje on the territory of northwestern Istria.
  9. Valentine’s day Treat for your partner? Visit Brtonigla for this delicious combo of wine and chocolates!
  10. Brtonigla 21.02.2015 Turn of the Alpe Adria trekking Cup Why not taking part and burning some of those calories in this race while also discovering some of through Istrian hidden treasures of untouched nature and landscapes.


Read more here on what to do in Istria. Rent your holiday villas with Istrawiz




Ten things you didn’t know about Croatia


  • Dalmatian dogs (seen film: 101 Dalmatians) got their name after Dalmatia, a south coastal region in Croatia

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  • Croatian mercenaries in the French service, were wearing their traditional small, knotted neckties. This influenced the fashionable Parisians, who liked it and named the necktie  after the Croats, ‘Cravat’.tesla
  • Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia in the village Smiljan.  Rumours have it that Tesla and Edison were the original recipients of the Nobel prize. Neither was given the award because of their animosity toward each other; that each sought to minimize the other’s achievements and right to win the award; that both refused ever to accept the award if the other received it first; that both rejected any possibility of sharing it; and even that a wealthy Edison refused it to keep Tesla from getting the $20,000 prize money.



  • The most preserved Roman amphitheater is actually located in Pula which is the only one in the world with all 3 rows completely preserved.


  • The White House was built using stones from Croatia’s island of Brac.



  • Venice Island was built on a foundation of Croatian tree trunks. 1200 years later, those same trunks still support almost all of central Venice.
  • Over the course of two years, James Joyce taught English in the Croatian city of Pula.
  • Eduard Penkala, who developed the first solid-ink fountain pen, was born in Croatia.
  • tartuf The largest truffle in the world, which is 19.5cm long, 12.4 cm wide and 13.5 cm high, was discovered near Buje, Croatia.

ATP Tennis Tournament Umag

The Summer ATP Tournament is held in Umag from the 17- 27 July 2014.  It is one of the most important sports and social events in Croatia.

Many world ranking tennis players are staying and playing in the luxurious resorts of Stella Maris Umag. One of our Luxury villas is rented out by Serena Williams!

Many tennis players have participated  in this sport and social even in the last few years:

Nikolay Davydenko, Novak Đoković, Ivan Ljubičić,Guillermo Canas, Marcelo Rios,Juan Carlos Ferrero, and many more.

There is still time to buy tickets:


Istra D.M.C.

Web: www.croatiaopen.hr

Phone: +385 52 719 125


10 things you must do in Porec


Croatia is now definitely “in”, with some 400,000 arrivals from the UK in 2013, up 25 per cent on 2012. ..And with its stunning coastline, unspoilt nature (including eight national parks) and beautifully-preserved centuries-old harbour towns, it offers a less commercial take on the sun, sea and sand holidays you would expect in Greece or Spain. So where exactly should you head for? Fly to Pula in the north-west to explore Istria, a green peninsula with close cultural ties to northern Italy. Popular with both Italians and Central Europeans on account of its accessibility, it’s also the most highly organised region in terms of tourism facilities and infrastructure.The region is best known for its Venetian-era port towns on the west coast, including its top seaside destinations, Porec and Rovinj. THE TELEGRAPH 

10 things to do in Porec this summerSIGHTS

Walk down the Decumanus Street in old town Porec.  These cobbled streets are almost 2000 years old. If you turn right in one of its narrow streets you’ll reach the Euphrasian Basilica, a Unesco World Heritage Site, dating from the 6th century. The basilica is a must see monument in Porec. Step inside and enjoy its well preserved mosaics.

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Carry on walking on the Decumanus street and look up to see its magnificent buildings. Once you  reach Marafor Square on your left, you’ll see a magnificent Romanesque House; a beautifully preserved
Venetian Gothic palace.

bell tower viewLANDSCAPE VIEW

If you need another reason to visit the Euphrasian Basilica, then go up the  stairs of the bell tower and take in the view of Porec old town & the marina. It’s worth it!

Tower in PorecDRINK

While walking through the Decumanus street climb up on one of the Porec well preserved towers. There are two; Kula bar and Peterokutna Kula the restaurant. They both have magnificent views over Porec harbour. Perfect picture taking spots!

10 things to do in Porec this summerEAT

Restaurant Istra on the corner of ul. Marsala Tita and Vialle is a traditional family owned restaurant. Ask for the daily specials to get the freshly caught fish of the day. Porec has many Ice cream parlours, so make sure to have one while you’re sightseeing. For something less formal, try some of  Porec’s many bakeries and pick up one of those amazing cheese or spinach pastries called burek.

10 things to do in Porec this summerBEACHES

As with most beaches in Croatia, Porec beaches are rocky. Which means rocks with man built entry in the clear water. Sunbathing is usually done on the grass just  next to the rocks. Many beaches have sand playgrounds for the young ones. We like Brulo beach just south from Porec centre; it’s easy to walk to, has great bars and restaurants, many facilities, bike & diving rentals.


Take a little taxi boat that runs every half an hour to the island directly opposite Porec town centre. Enjoy the view of Porec and it’s surroundings from the island. Walk across the island and enjoy the wild rabbits jumping around the Isabella castle, located in the centre of the island. Jump in the crystal clear water from one of the rocks.

10 things to do in Porec this summerBIKE RENTAL

Renting a bike is a great way to see Porec and it’s surroundings.  A path from Porec towards Zelena Laguna is particularly easy and pleasurable, as one cycles next to the sea and in the shade. There are many bike rental places in and around town. They charge per hour or per day.


Take  a stroll down the marina and enjoy the view of many luxury yachts. Sit down in one of many cocktail bars, great for people watching.

neptune's templeRUINS OF ROMAN’S TEMPLES

The Romans built in Porec two beautiful temples: Big Temple and the temple of Neptune, which was dedicated to the god of the sea. Only fragments of these remain preserved.


Head over to Tequilla bar in Pical just north of Porec. Sit down in this shabby chic beach bar order a cocktail and watch the magnificent sunset with Porec in the background. It’s peaceful and magical.

Travelling with your baby

Travelling with babies can be a rewarding and beautiful experience but it requires lots of PLANNING

As a mother of a 6 month baby I speak or rather write from personal experience!

Here are my top tips:

Choosing your family holidays carefully.

Your baby needs to sleep, eat and be changed regularly therefore a holiday in a hotel with no kitchen can be challenging. I found that renting an apartment or villa is much more comfortable and flexible.

Slow your pace

We used to like being active and see as much as possible when travelling, but nowadays slowing down the pace means a more relaxed holiday for all of us.

Baby accessories

Babies need a travel cot, baby monitors, bottles, toys and many many more accessories to keep them busy. You can take all  that with you or travel to a place that offers some of the accessories to make your flight or travelling hassle free.

Some of Istrawiz apartments for rental and villa rental offer baby travel cots and baby toys. Also many towns including Porec in Istria are really child friendly.  You can find coffee shops where one can leave the toddler indoors to play, while parents can blissfuly drink coffee on the terrace overlooking the marina.


Travelling with babies is definitely easier when the weather isn’t to hot.  From my personal experience avoid the peak season and more importantly heat, between mid July to mid August. The villas are also cheaper to rent in Spring and early Autumn.

swimming pool

swimming pool


Travelling with another family could be a great way of saving money while renting a villas with pool. Before your holiday you might want to agree on few things; what each person wants to do how to share bills in restaurants, splitting the house chores.


Before your travel its worth checking with your Gp about vaccination for your baby.  If any of your children has a pre-existing medical condition, ask for help in identifying a doctor in your destination who specialises in the same condition.Travelling to Croatia doesn’t require any travel related jabs.