Carnival in Istria

It is a time of fun and creative, crazy moments! One of the most attractive and interesting events throughout the year is definitely the carnival in Istria.

Carnival is the period before Lent, characterized by cheerful parades and a wide choice of characters in costumes so that the competition in creativity, wittiness and originality can go on forever. Anyone can become someone else, at least for a moment!
It is nice to forget all the problems and worries of everyday life.
Carnival is one of favorite children events, but also a great opportunity for adults to return to childhood and families to socialize and have fun in good company.

Cheerful procession of characters in costumes and allegorical vehicles is moving through the streets and squares of large and small towns to entertain children and adults with music, song and dance.
Istria has developed its own carnival tradition. One of the biggest carnivals in Istria is held in the north of Istria, in town of Buzet. It involves more than a thousand participants in costumes and many allegorical vehicles.

It is worth mentioning the other cheerful carnival events which are held throughout Istria .The carnival parade has taken over the keys of the town of Labin to organize dances, parades and  football in costumes. Children will surely enjoy the children carnival in Fažana.

The carnival traditionally ends with the trial and burning of the carnival mascot, which is made of straw and old clothes. The burning represents victory over the problems.
You can check the program of the Carnival in our events calendar.

During carnival time in Istria, the fritula is traditionally baked. It is a dessert which resembles a small doughnut.
There is no carnival celebration without a real Istrian wine.

We invite you to visit Istria and experience the crazy carnival time. To make Your return to everyday life less painful, there are several special offers which You can experience at one of the hotels in Istria.

Come and have fun with us!


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.