Travel Plan in Istria Croatia: I have wanted to visit Croatia for several years. Drawn to it by the long hours of sunshine, its picturesque beautiful beaches and turquoise water. Coupled with medieval hilltop towns and Roman ruins, two of the things we love about one of its neighbours, Italy. It feels like the holiday destination which can give the kids the beach time and fun they need but also the adults the culture and history that we crave.

Which is why I am thrilled that we are going to visit Croatia in May half term. We are staying in the Istria area near the town of Porec with Canvas Holidays. It is a wonderfully practical destination when travelling with kids from the UK. We have arranged flights into Pula which is about an hours drive from our campsite. One of the benefits of flying to Croatia especially with little ones is that is only a short two hour, twenty minute flight from Gatwick.  The other is that Croatia on average will have more sunny hours in May than the South of France and Corfu.

Travel Plan in Istria Croatia – Activities

There are a number of places we are hoping to visit during our stay. As well as making the most of the facilities on the campsite. Monkey has already got his eye on the waterslides….

Roman Ruins in Pula

Since we fly in and out of Pula I am hoping we will get a chance to explore. The most iconic landmark in the town is the Amphitheatre. It is Croatia’s best preserved ancient monument and the worlds sixth largest surviving arena. There is also an impressive looking archway the Arch of Sergians.

Brijuni National Park

A day trip by a short boat ride. There are two islands which you can actually visit via a tour, mini train or by hiring a golf buggy. We are hoping to be able to give Monkey the opportunity to try snorkelling for the first time. Since the turquoise waters are extremely clear and there is a lots of fish life.  There is also lots of other things to see on the islands, including  ruins, a museum and a 1600 year old olive tree. Also I think Monkey has his heart set on finding dinosaur foot prints.

Explore Porec

The town itself has a UNSECO site – the Euphrasian Basilica. Once a place of secret worship the intricate mosaics some made of semi precious stones is the biggest draw. I can imagine walking around the the multi coloured houses in the Old Town. If the weather really doesn’t play ball then then we may consider another day trip to the Baredine Caves.

Visit Rovinj

Have fun on the beaches

Almost all the beaches on the Istria coast are pebbles or rocky, but that doesn’t mean they are not suitable for the boys. Many have a shallow slow decent into the water. They are some of the cleanest beaches in Europe with many facilities such as deck chairs, umbrellas, pedalos and refreshments.  If you are really lucky then there is also the chance of seeing a pod of dolphins although we may go on a boat trip to increase the probability. You can find out more information on the Istra website.

Try our the local food and wine

“Istria’s international profile as a fine purveyor of quality olive oil, truffles, both white and black, and wine is growing at breakneck speed,” says Telegraph Travel’s Hugh Morris.

When asked Monkey’s favourite dish is rare steak with black truffles. So he will be in his element with the local cuisine. I am also keen to try out some popular Croatian dishes. Such as the black squid ink risotto, a slow cooked beef stew known as Pasticada. Strukli which is a baked dough, cheese and cream dish and Sarma stuffed cabbage rolls. Plus if we are really lucky Hubby and I may also get the chance to try our hand at Croatian wine tasting. Out fo traditional clay vessels.

There is so much to do that I am not sure a week will be long enough. Plus this is only one small area of Croatia. I can see us wanting to return to explore different areas.

Have you been to Croatia? I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.

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39 Comments

  1. Anita Faulkner - Writer Reply

    I’ve never really thought about Croatia, but it does look stunning. If it’s like Italy then I’m sure we’d love it. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope you have a fab time. Xx

  2. Karen Legge Reply

    I love Croatia. I visited Hvar back in my footloose and fancy free days. I’ll be really interested to hear how you find it as a family.

  3. I’ve heard a lot about Croatia, it is such a gorgeous country! I would love to go there one day, so beautiful.

  4. I’ve never been to Croatia before but I’ve heard it’s a beautiful place to visit! I hope to go one day.

  5. I have never been to Croatia but it always sounds wonderful.

    I love how organised you are as well x

  6. I have been there and it is a very beautiful part of Croatia, but alas also the most expensive and for this reason in the 15 years in which I now go to this country I prefer the south. Beautiful, wild and cheaper!

  7. I really want to visit Croatia someday it looks wonderful and I keep hearing such great things about it. I wanted to visit this year but we couldn’t find any where suitable so we are off to Greece instead. I will keep an eye out for your review as we have never looked at this type of holiday before and always just look at package deals from one of the big tour operators. I hope you have a wonderful time x

  8. Melanie williams Reply

    Oh wow I am loving all your pictures. This inspires me and my travels… this part of Croatia looks lovely xx

  9. Treasure Every Moment Reply

    I have to be honest that Croatia hasn’t been somewhere I’ve considered for a holiday before, but now I would! It looks stunning 🙂

  10. Wow! This looks amazing, It certainly looks more appealing than UK weather at the moment lol

  11. I’d love to visit…the city is absolutely stunning! I wish I could go there right now. Beautiful photos 🙂

  12. I am so jealous of this experience you got to have. Croatia has been on my list for years. How beautiful.

  13. Hayley McLean Reply

    I’ve heard so many good things about Croatia recently, it’s not somewhere I’d had any interest in before but I must admit – the more I see the more tempted I am, it does look beautiful!

  14. Croatia looks stunning, I have a friend who used to live there and she has said how beautiful her country is. Some stunning shots here.

  15. We visited Croatia in September and really loved it! Nature is breathtaking, beaches really clean and the architecture amazing! We started our road trip from Zagreb and finished in Split. I can’t wait to be back and visit the places we had no time for.

  16. Eileen M Loya Reply

    The beach is so beautiful. Crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches. Looks like paradise to me. Croatia is in my bucket list. I would really love to visit this amazingly beautiful country.

  17. After seeing a friends holiday photos of Croatia it has really made me want to go there. I love the look of it and the fact that it isn’t too long a flight either.

  18. Crotia does seem like a country to add to the bucket list. Everything I’ve seen and heard about it so far have been nothing but wonderful!

  19. My best friend visited Croatia last year, and her stories and photos looked amazing! Thank you for this amazing account of a beautiful looking Croatia – on my bucket list for sure!

  20. We went to Croatia last summer! It was beautiful and so warm! My mum and stepdad took a trip to Istria. They said amazing. Hope you have a lovely time!

  21. I am traveling to Croatia this summer and I think this is certainly a very hassle free itinerary! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  22. Ohhhh I didn`t know that Istra is so beautiful and its close to me. I may visit during summer. Loving the colorful houses! You would definitely then like Montenegro as well

  23. Wow, this looks TOTALLY STUNNING. I’ve travelled and Croatia, but never actually came across this spot. Next time I’m there, I’ll certainly be making the stop.

  24. I’ve never been to Croatia or much places. My plan this year is to travel the world. I’d love to see as many beautiful places as I can.

  25. You have made me want to return to Croatia again. I have only visited Dubrovnik, and that was before the city became famous as a Game of Thrones filming location. I enjoyed it so much, especially at sunrise, when the rays of sun would sparkle onto the marble roads, whilst nobody else was around. I would love to go back and visit Rovinj, Istria and Pula as well.

  26. I’ve been to Croatia once, but only to Zagreb (for a conference, no less) I would love to see more of the country.

  27. Croatia has been on our top list of places to visit for a while now – I’m so jealous of your trip! I love going to places where you can get both great cultural places to visit and amazing beaches, and Croatia looks perfect for that. Will have to check back and see what you thought of it!

  28. Croatia is gorgeous. I love Croatia’s history and their beaches. I can’t wait to plan my next trip there. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Agnes Vazhure Reply

    That looks like a great place to visit this 2020. The scenery you got there is really stunning.

  30. Serin Quinn Reply

    What a beautiful place! That water looks so good you’ve made me jealous! Enjoy the holiday x

  31. I didnt realize how blue Croatia waters were. This is a place I must visit one day!

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