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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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                                                                                                    fantastica! !!

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                                                                                                    Abbiamo passato una settimana fantastica!in pace e relax La casa è stupenda, piena di comfort e molto spaziosa e funzionale. eravamo 4 adulti e 4 bambini che si sono divertiti da matti!! Ci torneremo sicuramente magari questa volta per più giorni!!
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                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                    Croatian utopia

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                                                                                                    On arriving at the villa we were greeted by Vesna and Egidio, the owners of villa diora. Myself, my wife and our two children were welcomed by name. That is the first thing you will notice, the extraordinary attention to detail. From booking the villa to the day we were leaving, Vesna and Egidio were simply wonderful. The loveliest people you could hope to meet. There warmth and attention they showed us is reflected in the villa. The bedrooms are individually different but all very comfortable. The living room is quite extraordinary with its large window looking over the village. The outside areas are way beyond most people's imagination, it's just beautiful. The spa room is heaven and the games room is a great place to relax with family. If you need anything, the chances are you go looking for it and you'll find what you want in a drawer. The villa has absolutely everything you need for a fantastic holiday and it's all done with luxury and comfort in mind. So looking forward to going back Phil, Vanessa, Lily and Trystan
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Excellent - highly recommended.

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                                                                                                    Your villa was amazing and even better than in the pictures. We loved its peach and tranquility and the fact it looked over the forests with nothing in view for miles and no lights at night. The stars and bats flying over the pool at night were great. The villa and pool were so lovely that we didn't do much during the day but lazed about and went up to the villages for a meal in the late afternoon/evening. Motovun, Groznjan and Oprtalj were amazing. I especially liked Oprtalj and we had a great meal at the taverna in town. Please recommend it to your guests - it is called Konoba Oprtalj/Taverna portole (seems to have 2 names!). Also went to Toni's which we really liked and had a good meal. We must have seen 2 mosquitoes and didn't have to use any spray or put any insect killer on and only used the air con in our bedroom at night. You get a lovely breeze on the hill in the villa and because it is an old house doesn't seem to get too hot. Barbara and Andrej were charming and very helpful generally especially helping me find a dentist when I a problem and giving us directions when leaving.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016