• The Great War in the Adriatic

    01.01.2018 - 31.12.2018

    Novigrad-Cittanova, Brtonigla-Verteneglio, Gallerion & muzej


    Gallerion & muzej


    The exhibition "The Great War in the Adriatic", usually located at the Gallerion Museum in Cittanova, now also present in the halls of the Brtonigla Museum.

    At the official headquarters of the Gallerion Museum, he exhibited the exhibition about the birth and development of the Austro-Hungarian Navy until the beginning of the First World War, while in the Brtonigla Town Museum with 180 photographic panels and numerous original finds, for the first time in history will be presented in chronological order the naval war in the Adriatic Sea.

    It could have all ended up diff erently. The tourist season of 1914 had been the best until then. Economy was bursting.

    Everyone expected an improvement in the living standards of the lowest social classes in the Monarchy. Instead, the worst possible option, the war, was chosen. The character of the confl ict is well described by its name – the Great War. It lasted four years and left behind 17 million dead and more than 20 million injured without reaching any of the goals set. It happened what nobody among those who had begun it expected. Four big empires have collapsed; the German, the Astro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Turkish. They dissolved into a number of new national states. Some of them were unsustainable geopolitical entities such as newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, predecessor of recently dissolved Yugoslavia that also ended its existence with a war.

    This exhibition aims to present, for the fi rst time in Europe, the Great War at sea in all its aspects. Through this exhibition we are trying to faithfully convey to the public this immanent tragedy through 300 panels and 300 naval models as well as with numerous original objects and documents. The exhibition will be set up at three locations in Cittanova and Brtonigla.

    Naval operations in the Mediterranean and in the Adriatic, despite the preponderance of the Triple Entente fl eet, have been conducted almost until the end of the confl ict. The Adriatic coast remained free of confl ict and has been spared from military invasion until the entry of the Italian troops after the armistice. Through the whole war, the Imperial and Royal Navy provided, in spite of all the diff iculties, including the disobedience and rebellion of sailors due to the poor living conditions, social abandonment and national disengagement, a reliable defence of the coast and off ered support to own forces at the South Eastern and on South Western theatre of war. After the dissolution of the Empire, its Navy virtually disappeared, while its fellow citizens become citizens of new state entities.

    Eventually, these geopolitical, unhappy and unjust divisions of nations, new frontiers and new spheres of interest, led to a new, even greater tragedy: the Second World War.

    The tradition of the Austro-Hungarian navy has been in some forms preserved in a newly formed Navy of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats then passed on through successor Yugoslavia and then eventually to its successor states. While the golden years of the Austrian presence at the sea ended in 1918, its exceptionally rich heritage has survived to this day and can be observed in various ports and port buildings, in high quality shipbuilding, maritime training, nomenclature (especially in the navy), tourism and cultural heritage (e.g. the fortification system in Pula). Ports such as Trieste, Pula and Rijeka have developed during the Austria-Hungarian period, and much of modern coastal infrastructure was built during that time. Numerous Adriatic lighthouses, these guardians and caretakers of the seaside, sailors’ friends along our coasts and islands, are particularly solemn and mystical witnesses of that era of great captains, sailors and ships, as well as of the glorious navy.

    Taking into account all these circumstances, our desire and our main aim is to set up an International Naval Museum to present and preserve this rich heritage. We believe that only multinational and multi-ethnic representation and interpretation of the past events can provide solid foundation on which we can build our future.

    » Exhibition: The Great War in the Adriatic


    Mlinska 1, Novigrad +385 (0)98 254 279

  • Boxing in Pula

    26.01.2018 - 30.09.2018

    Pula-Pola, Povijesni i pomorski muzej Istre


    Povijesni i pomorski muzej Istre


    The exhibition Boxing in Pula is an expression of the initiative of the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria - Museo storico e navale dell’Istria for the preservation and appreciation of the importance of boxing - the most decorated sport of Pula.

    For the first time the history of amateur boxing in Pula is presented to the public: from antiquity to the present day. The exhibition presents the emergence of the first forms of boxing, the development of boxing as a contemporary sport, the organization of boxing clubs and the activities of prominent individuals: boxers and coaches. The most substantial part of the exhibition is dedicated to the activities of the Boxing Club Pula, which has, since its foundation in 1946, intensely promoted boxing in Pula and deserves most credit for the achievement of its greatest successes at regional and European tournaments. The exhibition pays special tribute to eighteen boxers who during their active boxing careers particularly excelled in their personal style and individual successes, who contributed to the success of the Boxing Club Pula and left an indelible mark in the annals of boxing in Pula - the golden glove - Mate Parlov and other successful boxers: Banovac, Berbakov, Peruško, Vranješević, Mudrovčić, Kovjanić, Šarar, Gerlić, Stanković, Tadić, Miličević, Drviš, Bajrami, Bajrektarević, Vrgoč, Ahmeti and Čalić.

    Adults: 20,00 HRK
    Children: 5,00 HRK
    Groups (more than 10 people), students, pensioners: 10,00 kn
    Children under 6 and disabled persons: Free entry

    Working hours:
    X - III: 09:00 - 17:00
    IV - IX: 08:00 - 21:00


    Povijesni i pomorski muzej Istre
    Gradinski uspon 6 T: +385 (0)52 211 566

  • Photo Exhibition

    14.03.2018 - 31.03.2018

    Rovinj-Rovigno, Centar vizualnih umjetnosti Batana (Photo Art Gallery Batana)

    Centar vizualnih umjetnosti Batana (Photo Art Gallery Batana)

    Photo Exhibition of the photography course/school attendees from the Juraj Dobrila Elementary School.  Mentor: Gordan Ukić; led by: Tamara Perković and Arijana Dobrila Barbaro

  • Perin Memorial

    18.03.2018 - 25.03.2018

    Vrsar-Orsera, Tenis centar Petalon

    34. junior tennis tournament (under 18 years)

    Tenis centar Petalon

    34. junior tennis tournament (under 18 years)

    This year the international junior tennis tournament for players under the age of 18 will bring together 280 players (with their escorts) from 30 countries. The Perin Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament is the largest tennis event in Croatia, and one of only 15 tournaments of this kind in the world.


    TK Galeb
    00385 (0)99 2442280

  • Days of istrian asparagus

    21.03.2018 - 13.05.2018

    Umag-Umago, Novigrad-Cittanova, Buje-Buie, Brtonigla-Verteneglio

    Gastronomic event dedicated to asparagus

    Gastronomic event dedicated to asparagus

    During March, April and May, the 11th Days of Istrian Asparagus will give true "asparagus lovers" an opportunity to relish in imaginative, delicious and fragrant delicacies made from Istrian wild asparagus, ranging from the renowned "fritaja" (omelettes), soups, homemade pastas and risottos to ingenious combinations with meat and fish and scrumptious desserts.

    Asparagus is one of the most appreciated wild plant varieties growing in Istria, picked from mid March to late April. Since it grows in less accessible places, often protected by thorny bushes, its picking requires eye of a hawk, iron will and not being afraid of an occasional scratch.

    Food, medicine, aphrodisiac....It's no wonder that we dedicated an entire manifestation to this plant.
    Asparagus lovers don't miss the Days of Istrian Asparagus!

    » Days of istrian asparagus

  • Plava Laguna Half Marathon

    24.03.2018 - 25.03.2018

    Poreč-Parenzo, Zelena Laguna Resort

    Family Run & Kids Run & 10k & Half Maraton

    Zelena Laguna Resort

    Family Run & Kids Run & 10k & Half Maraton

    For the third year in a row, the Plava Laguna Half Marathon is here to thrill everyone who loves running! From 24 – 25 March 2018, the town of Poreč will host anyone looking to try their hand at a half marathon, and new family and kids races will be waiting for you as well.

    Type of race:

    Half marathon & Relay
    All half marathon runners can truly enjoy the new course this year, which will run from the Hotel Laguna Parentium through Plava Laguna Resort to the town of Poreč. Aside from the classic half marathon, the relay will be an important new addition this year. Everyone age 16 and up can register.
    Race start: 25.03. 2018 at 10:00AM in front of the Hotel Laguna Parentium
    Course: 2 x 10 km
    Official awards ceremony: on the sandy beach – Zelena Laguna Resort – from 1:30PM

    Relay (2 x 10.5 km): Ideal for runners who like to run as a team. The relay is intended for teams of two people, each of whom will run one 10.5 km lap.

    10K Run
    Have fun running this 10 km trail. You will run from the Hotel Laguna Parentium through Plava Laguna Resort to the town of Poreč.
    Race start: 25 Mar 2018 at 10:00AM in front of the Hotel Laguna Parentium
    Course: 10 km

    Family race
    Fun for the whole family! A race for young and old along a well-known stretch through Zelena Laguna and Bijela Uvala campsites. Children younger than 8 must run with their parents.
    Race start: 24.03.2018 at 11:00AM in front of Zelena Laguna Campsite
    Course: 3.5km

    Kids race
    Our youngest runners will love these specially prepared races designed to give them a fun start in the world of running. Four races of various length are available at one of the most beautiful locations on Istria’s western coast – the peninsula of the Hotel Laguna Parentium.
    Course and schedule:
    400m – for kids aged 4-6: start at 3:00PM
    800m – for kids aged 7-9: start at 3:30PM
    1,200m – for kids aged 10-12: start at 4:00PM
    1.800 m – for kids aged 12-16: start at 4:30PM

    A spring atmosphere and a weekend at the coast are a winning combination for every participant. Every registered runner will receive: a t-shirt (participants of half marathon and relay), a finisher medal, a start number, insurance on the course and refreshment.

    Distribution of start numbers and chips:
    Saturday 24 March 2018: from 9:00AM to 6:00PM
    Sunday 25 March 2018: from 7:00AM to 8:00AM
    Location: Laguna Lounge – Zelena Laguna Resort

    » Information & registration


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  • Istrian pinca under the baking lid



    Revival of Easter traditions

    Revival of Easter traditions

    In March, the Easter spirit will rule over Žminj, a small picturesque village in central Istria, in which the event dedicated to pinca, the traditional Istrian Easter sweet bread will take place. This event reminds us of the not so distant past when the custom of baking pinca played a very important role during Easter festivities, and all visitors will be able to see and taste what people used to eat for Easter breakfast.

    Hardworking housewives from all over Istria will show their Easter sweet breads and Easter pastries for tasting. They will delight in showing you how the pinca was once kneaded and baked by the fireplace and they will share their recipes. Pinca was once prepared in every household for Easter.

    This was one of the few sweet dishes at the modest Easter table in many households. Women used to knead this sweet bread with raisins the day before in order to make the dough reach the desired size, and it was baked in large bread ovens. Unlike bread, the sugar, eggs and obligatory raisins are added to the pinca dough. At the end, the top of the bread is cut into the shape of a cross and decorated with olive leaves.

    However, it is not just the pinca that is an unmissable part of the Easter tradition in Istria. Jajarice were also baked on this day for children. These are braided buns onto which a boiled egg is added to the top. Children were always especially excited about this gift, which they would receive with a painted egg given to them for Easter lunch by every member of the family.


    TZ Žminj
    Čakavska kuća bb, 52341 Žminj T. +385 (0)52 846 792

  • Palm Sunday


    Fažana-Fasana, Crkva sv. Kuzme i Damjana (Church of SS. Cosmas and Damian)

    Church festivity

    10:00 h

    Crkva sv. Kuzme i Damjana (Church of SS. Cosmas and Damian)

    Church festivity


    TZ Fažana
    43. Istarske divizije 8 T: +385 52 383 727


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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.