Winter in Istria is peaceful, pleasantly cold and it invites you to discover it. In addition to the exquisite gastronomic offer, we recommend the visit to the towns and villages in inland of Istria, as well as coastal pearls which also bring special magic with its winter colours. Find out more about several ideas for winter weekend itineraries and what Istria can offer you in wintertime.
Central Istria – Pazin and surroundings
If you plan to stay in central Istria, start your weekend in Pazin - the heart and the capital town of Istria. You will notice the authenticity of Pazin and its medieval Castle (Kaštel) which is situated above the 130 metres cliff where the Pazinčica River flows into the Pazin Pit. View of and to the Pazin castle (Kaštel) won't leave you indifferent and you will find out why this scenery was an inspiration to the Jules Verne novel. Let it inspire you as well!
After sightseeing of the Castel (Kaštel) and a short walk across Pazin, enjoy a cup of coffee with a snack and continue your journey to Gračišće. Take a walk through the picturesque town and feel the presence of history, and don't forget to experience wine tasting while visiting one of the winemakers in the area. Are you hungry? Don't worry. Central Istria offers numerous gastronomic options and you can choose your favourite one in the brochure.
The western coast of Istria - Poreč and Rovinj
In the afternoon, Poreč is waiting for you with all its beautiful scenery. The Euphrasian Basilica is a symbol of Poreč which is listed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. Find out more about the history of this and other monuments of Poreč. Visit one of the charming bars and feel the town's winter spirit.
Next day go to Rovinj - enjoy walking from the town's centre to the Golden cape where the town's scenery will leave you breathless. Rovinj is a must-visit destination in all seasons on your journey through Istria. Many Istrian towns offer special charm and Rovinj will certainly stay forever in your memory.
Northern Istria- Buzet and Grožnjan
Complete your winter adventure in one of the towns in northern Istria, depending on your road back home. You can visit Buzet which viewpoints will offer "endless" views of Istria, or Grožnjan - the town of artists. The scenery of this "Istrian Toscana" will recharge your energy and inspire your return to this beautiful place.
Buzet and Grožnjan are proud of its gastronomic offer. Reward your palate with pasta with truffles or any other delicacy... Make sure to plan your return because new itineraries are waiting to be discovered in every corner of our beautiful peninsula.
Winter days bring a special feeling of tranquillity when you feel cosy curled up under a blanket and enjoy your cup of tea while you remember your visit to Istria and plan to return in spring.