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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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                                                                                                      Genieten met een super uitzicht !

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                                                                                                      We hebben genoten van ons verblijf in deze mooie villa. Zeer rustig gelegen met prachtig zicht op het stadje Motovun. Ideaal om te verblijven met twee gezinnen. Een auto is wel noodzakelijk want de dichtstbijzijnde grote supermarkt is 30 min rijden. Enig minpuntje is de vaatwasser die niet goed werkt 😜. Zorg ook voor goede muggenzalf... Als je wijn wil proeven zeker langs gaan bij de buren "fakin". Het is veel goedkoper om rechtstreeks bij hen te kopen ipv in Motovun. We willen zeker nog eens terugkomen !!! 😎
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Fantastic, peaceful and beautiful - breathtaking!

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                                                                                                      From the very first contact to see if there was any availability, Marin and Ariela were fantastic. Warm, welcoming and friendly. They accommodated our needs regarding dates. The information received was spot on with regard to what to expect and how to get there, which was very easy. When we arrived, they were waiting for us with a warm welcome and it felt like coming home, we couldn't have asked for better. (the boys adored them from the start) The property and grounds are breathtaking, beautifully kept but, again, very welcoming - no feeling of 'please keep off the grass'!!! It was hard to believe that all that was just ours for the week! Facilities were excellent, we wanted for nothing. Ariela and Marin gave us a tour, explained how things worked and gave us loads of information about things to do in the area, tailored to our needs. They left us with supplies so we didn't have to go out again that day which was fantastic. The house is beautiful, clean and very well maintained - lots of lovely little areas to suit all needs (and weather). My two personal favourites were the little pool house so I could relax and watch the boys play in the pool and the covered upstairs veranda (I want one just like it!!). The two boys (8 and 11) had a great time with the toys, play equipment and the pool with all-weather-swimming cover. They didn't want to leave at the end of the week. The local area is great, Istria is beautiful and steeped in history - lots of little old hill top towns to explore, beautiful coastline, beaches and coves and the people are warm and welcoming. Thank you Marin and Ariela for showing us round your lovely town of Kastav. The local Tavern is amazing, again very friendly and welcoming. We went twice and had the best meals of the holiday there and when you factor in cheapness the value for money is outstanding. (The owner even came haring down the track in his car after us because it started to storm and he didn't want us to walk back and get soaked! service with care!) We would highly recommend this property to anyone, It is peaceful and it suits families with kids of all ages (who can shout and run and play without disturbing anyone) as well as a perfect romantic getaway for a couple. The care and attention to detail is great, we really couldn't have asked for a better place to start our holiday in Croatia or better people to welcome us to the amazing country, and I really hope we get a chance to come back. Thank you so much
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017