I couldn't think of a better way of celebrating fall than inviting you to discover one of my favorite autumnal destinations: Istria. The most “Italian” part of Croatia offers the smoothest transition from summer to winter and that’s what autumn is all about. Here are seven reasons to convince you to head off to Croatia for a romantic weekend or a mid-term break with your children.
1/ Embrace every aspect of unique Rovinj, the most charming seaport in the region: get lost in it’s narrow paved streets, relax at the cafés’ inviting terraces, walk along the sea promenade and nature park, dine at sunset in a romantic restaurant…
2/ Capture the last summery rays of sun dancing among the pine trees on Brijuni, Tito’s legendary island. Children will enjoy cycling through the zoo, meeting zebras in a picturesque Mediterranean landscape.
3/ Treat yourself with a gastronomic meal in truffles’ heaven, Zigante in Livade. Truffle lovers should not miss the truffle festival in Buzet.
4/ Explore medieval villages (Motovun, Grožnjan) perched on the leafy hills of Istria and admire the landscape giving up its green colors for a glowing palette of red, yellow, orange and magenta.
5/ Get a taste of the local hospitality at Montižel-Monticellowhere the Pincin family will welcome you for a delicious homemade meal in their traditional Istrian house, nestled in the heart of the vineyards.
6/ Bring along your hiking shoes and hit one of the scenic trails that are mapping the whole region.
7/ Discover the region’s cultural heritage: the splendid byzantine basilica in Porec and the beautifully-preserved Roman amphitheater in Pula.
How to get there?
Fly to Trieste airport in Italy and rent a car (1 hour and a half drive to Rovinj)
Where to stay?
Casa Garzotto in Rovinj offers several accommodations in nicely-restored houses in the heart of the old town. Corte Montalbano is an independent unit, ideal for a family with children.
The Meneghetti is a luxury retreat in the countryside, there are only four rooms where guests receive exclusive hospitality.