Luckily, in Istria, one does not exclude the other, as it is possible to combine both in one day. The biggest advantage of living on the Istrian coast is the stunning views. From the picturesque Adriatic coastline to the centuries-old architecture, Istria is a stunning destination. Whether you are looking out over the sea or sitting on a terrace looking up at the cliffs and hills, the views here are truly breathtaking. Additionally, the beaches and access to the water make it a great place for those who enjoy swimming. The only disadvantage we can think of are higher prices due to the increased tourism and higher risk of overcrowding in the peak of summer season.
If you are trying to limit your driving and want to be as central as possible to the main highlights, Rovinj is the most beautiful and also makes for a good base for exploring Istria. Check our rentals in the town of Rovinj.
There are many advantages to visiting and staying inland, such as the spectacular natural beauty of all vineyards and olive trees, the rich cultural heritage and deep-rooted traditions of the local people, the wide array of outdoor activities and attractions available as hiking or biking.
Although all charming inland towns and villages are small and eating out is quite limited, there is an option for a picnic! Visit Hum, the jewel of the inland of Istria where you can choose a bench or a meadow where you will be mesmerized with the sounds of blooming nature while you enjoy homemade local salami or wine.
Overall, those who are looking for a unique destination to explore authentic culture and cuisine, or enjoy a slower pace of life may find the perfect spot anywhere in Istria.
Photo source: Alen Rojnic, Nathanael Schmer