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




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.

romanicka kuca
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.

Music Festivals in Croatia 2015


If you planning to go to a summery music festival in Croatia look no further!

Check out our comprehensive list of music festivals in Croatia for 2015 and book your holiday villa with Istrawiz.com 

p.s.leave the wellies at home



Where & When?

Lanterna, Porec

Dates: 29th May to 31st May

Fly to: Pula, Istria or Trieste, Italy

Need cheap accommodation?

or want to splash out on a  holiday villa? 

Contact us for if you need booking for the whole package! info@istrawiz.com Line up: TBC




Where & When?

Pula, Istria, Croatia (Fort Punta Christo)

Dates: 16-19 July 2014

Fly to: Pula, Istria or Trieste, Italy

Need cheap accommodation? or want to splash out on a villa? 

Contact us for if you need booking for the whole package! info@istrawiz.com

Line Up: TBC


INmusic Festival

Where & When?
Zagreb,Jarun lake, 22 – 24th June

Fly to: Zagreb

Line Up- Paolo Nutini, Placebo, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Death Cab For Cutie…



Hideout Festival

Where & When?

Zrce Beach,island of Pag,

28th June-2nd July

Fly to: Zadar

Line up: Duke Dumont,Eats everytjing, Gorgan City…


Garden Festival

Where and When: Tisno, 1- 8th July

Fly to: Zadar, Sibenik Split

Line up:Crazy P,Optimo,Bonobo…


Electric Elephant

Where & When: Tisno, 09th – 13th July

Fly to: Zadar,Split, Sibenik

Line up: The 2Bears,Derrick Carter,Erol Alkan, Dj Harvey…




Soundwave Festival Croatia

Where & When: Tisno, 06th – 10 August 2015

Fly to: Zada, Split, Sibenik

Line up:Mr Scruff,Slum Village etc





Wheer & When: Tisno, 22 – 29th July

Fly to: Zadar, Sibenik,Split

Line up:Dimitri from Paris,Roy Ayers Ubiquity, The brand new heavies…



Stop Making Sense Festival

Where &When: Tisno, 16 July- 19 July

Fly to: Zadar, Sibenik, Split

Line up: tbc



Outlook Festival

Where & When: Pula, 2- 06th September 2015

Fly to Pula or Trieste (2hrs from UK)

Line up:Goldie,Commodo , Pete Rock…

Affordable Accommodation or click for Villas rental in the area.



Dimensions Festival

Where & When: Pula, 26th- 30st August 2015

Fly to Pula directly or Trieste (2hrs from UK)

Line up:Little dragon,Lil Luis,Ben Klock…

Affordable Accommodation or splash out on Villas rental in the area.

Need help in organising it? Email info@istrawiz.com