British Journalist James Stewart’s significant article from The Times describes Croatia’s diversity through a choice of 21 activities in 21 locations. In the text, Stewart highlighted the abundance of our natural beauty, eno-gastronomy, cultural and historical heritage, and luxury offerings that he believes meet the standards of even the most discerning guest.
Here are some of the recommendations on what to do in inland Istria by James Stewart:
‘The interior of Istria looks all the world like Tuscany, yet it has none of the tourist numbers of its Italian cousin, or even the rest of Croatia for that matter. It’s a bucolic region of softly rolling hills carpeted in forest, orchards, olive groves and vineyards. On top of those hills perch pretty towns, with warrens of medieval stone houses linked by cobbled lanes and topped by churches. Be sure to spend time enjoying the bounty those landscapes produce, with truffles, wine, olive oil, sausages and cheese among the many spoils on offer in local restaurants.’
The author also suggests visiting Pula.
‘The Colosseum in Rome receives seven million visitors a year. The 1st-century amphitheatre of Pula — a three-tier stunner that’s among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world — receives 450,000. If ever you hankered to do Russell Crowe Gladiator impressions in a near-intact arena that once held 23,000 people, this is your place. The fascination of Pula is that, like Rome, it’s very much lived-in, its ancient Roman monuments part of the streetscape. Temples stand on squares, triumphal arches span shopping streets. But does Rome have tiny pine-scrubbed coves as stunning as Galebove Stijene near by? It does not.’
Read more in The Times article Best things to do in Croatia.
Photo credit: Bastian winery, www.istria.com