The peninsula of Istria is shared by three nations: Croatia, Slovenia, with a tiny sliver found within Italy in the Trieste region.
Located between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Gulf on the Adriatic Sea, this is a land loaded with historical sites dating back to the Roman Empire and stretching through the ages to the present day. Whether you’re looking to visit magnificent ruins and spectacular churches or have more of an eye for sampling the amazing cuisine, there’s a lot of very rewarding ground to cover here.
Most of the landmass is found within Croatia, with about a fifth on the northern end claimed by Slovenia and the small portion within Italy. There is any number of incredible communities one could visit here. Starting in Italy, popular destinations include Trieste and the port of Muggia. In Slovenia, the colorful coastal resorts of Piran and Portorož are coveted destinations. And then there are all those places in Croatia, too many to name! But begin with the Roman ruins in Pula, the old fishing town of Rovinj that’s one of the most picturesque places on the peninsula and the hilly walled village of Motovun.