1 Pula amphitheatre

The Romans built things to last, and this two thousand-year-old monument is still the dominating feature of Pula’s landscape.

2 Brijuni islands

An idyllic offshore paradise that once served as President Tito’s personal holiday resort.

3 Rovinj

Italianate, chic and bustling – the pick of the west coast resorts.

4 The Basilica of Euphrasius, Poreč

A venerable sixth-century structure whose Byzantine-influenced mosaics are as good as any around the Mediterranean.

5 Our Lady on the Rocks, Beram

Incandescent paintings by medieval masters light up this village chapel in inland Istria’s rustic heartland.

6 Grožnjan

Rich in historical resonances, the mellow hill town of Grožnjan seems a world away from the heavily touristed coast.

7 Truffles in the Buzet region

The most celebrated of Istria’s gastronomic delights, this smelly fungus deserves to be tasted at least once.

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