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Make a holiday home, farmhouse, villa or cottage in Central Istria, Croatia your home away from home

The Central Istrian region of Croatia is almost more Italian than it is Croatian, owing to its history, but whether you hear Italian or Croat being spoken won’t make any difference to the beautiful scenery, attractive medieval towns, and great selection of holiday accommodation available here. Situated on the Istrian peninsula in the far west of Croatia, Central Istria is the area around the city of Pazin. Although inland, the waters of the Adriatic Sea are never far away if you fancy the beach for a change from your villa’s pool!

Things to do on holiday in Central Istria, Croatia

Central Istria is full of attractive villages, towns and cities, rural countryside, hills and farms, making this an ideal holiday rental destination for many kinds of visitors. Accommodation Istria varies from village and town locations, to villas in the middle of the peaceful Croatian countryside, many of which benefit from private pools.

This area is certainly becoming very popular with tourists who want to see some of the region’s attractions, which include the medieval hillside village of Motovun. This village is said to be one of the most attractive in the region and features Venetian colonial architecture and tons of history – the graves of two Romans from the 1st century, 12th and 13th century city walls, a 15th century city gate, a renaissance period municipal palace, and an assortment of churches from different periods too. Motovun is surrounded by lush forests where tasty truffles grow, and grapes are grown on the hillside slopes. Pazin is the largest city in the area and capital of Istria County. Attractions here include the castle museum, whilst nearby the village of Pican has wonderful views from church’s tall bell tower.

Places to visit on holiday in Central Istria, Croatia

When staying in self-catering accommodation in Istria you’re never too far away from the coast and the Adriatic Sea. There are several popular coastal towns you can visit for a day trip, including Rovinj, Porec, Pula and Novigrad where you can enjoy the town atmosphere as well as the beaches.

The weather in Central Istria, Croatia

Central Istria has a lovely Mediterranean climate, mild all year round, so is the perfect location for enjoying your own private holiday villa or cottage! Summers don’t get excessively hot here, averaging in the mid 20’s C but the high hours of sunshine per day are what really makes this an ideal summer holiday destination.

Flights to Central Istria, Croatia

The closest international airport to Central Istria is in the south of the Istrian Peninsula in the city of Pula. From Pula most Central Istria accommodation can be reached easily, taking anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on your exact destination. Ryanair offers flights from Stansted to Pula.

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Terrific Family Holiday villa in Istria

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We have just returned from the most perfect family holiday at Villa Dolce Vita in Motovun. It was the perfect location for our extended family of 12, including 4 generations of our family from England. It was an ideal property for 80 year old plus Great Grandparents who had the downstairs bedroom leading out to the pool, and also great for the rest of our grown up family and 3 year old grandson. Our hosts, Walter and Lily were brilliant not only looking after us so well, but also dealing with all of the small things to make our holiday easy and comfortable. We have stayed in Villas as a family in Italy, Greece and France many times, but this was the BEST experience that we have had. Great views from the balconies, a terrific and very clean swimming pool and great outdoor eating areas and barbeque. We have high standards and Walter and Lily and Dolce Vita met them all. I can recommend this villa and the hosts to all. The website gives a splendid and very accurate picture of the villa. It was excellent value and I hope that we will return to this part of Istria and to Dolce Vita in the near future. 5 star recommendation from all 4 generations; ideal for peole like us in their 80s, 50s, 20s and also youngsters.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009