One-Day Trip to Istria (Pula, Rovinj, Poreč)

  • Duration: 12 hours total
  • Group size: up to 3/4 (car); up to 7/8 (van)
  • Children friendly: Yes
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Activity level: Medium


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Istra, the largest Croatian peninsula is often called “Terra Magica”, and is the most developed tourist region of Croatia.

Morning drive to Pula – the largest town on the peninsula, which history starts 3000 year ago, with the myth of the Argonauts and the search for the Golden Fleece. Various layers of history took part in the making of this unique town in which Roman architecture, baroque palaces, early Christian churches and Austrian villas stand together, within the remnants of mediaeval walls; all close to the 20th ct. shipyard.

30 minutes’ drive will take us to the picturesque town of Rovinj, probably the most romantic town on the Istrian coast. Originally built on an island close to the coast, it became connected to the mainland much later, in 1763, by filling in the channel. That’s’ why the old town is almost completely surrounded by the seaside, protected by the high rocky coast and walls of the houses built on the cliffs.

Another half-an hour drive and you will reach Poreč, historical small town with 100 years of experience in hospitality. Old town core combines Romanesque architecture with beautiful Venetian gothic palaces and guards over Euphrasius’ Basilica (UNESCO World Heritage Site) that was built mid-6th ct. in the Byzantine style,


What to expect:

  • Walk through the old town center of Pula with combination of heritage from different historical periods and visit magnificent Roman Arena (amphitheater)
  • Take a walk through beautiful romantic old streets of Rovinj up to the church of St. Euphemia and have a break in one of the numerous cafes.
  • In Poreč take a walk along the waterfront (“riva”), walk through narrow Dekumanova street with numerous small shops, and find your way to Euphrasius’ Basilica with mosaics on its front and interior that belongs to one of the most beautiful works of Byzantine art in the world.

Return drive to Zagreb.


Here are a few things we have heard from guests so far:

“Wonderful trip. We couldn’t decide which of towns we like the best, and we will definitely come back to Istria. The drive was really pleasant, thanks to our driver.”

“Excellent day! Rovinj is charming and romantic, Poreč vivid and the Basilica is really wonderful; but the deepest impression on us made beautiful and well preserved Roman Amphitheater in Pula.”


What else should you know about our trip?

  • Start early in the morning, for you have a three hour drive ahead  
  • You will have enough time for refreshment on the way to Istria
  • Read more about Istria
  • Tickets for Roman amphitheater are to be paid on spot, please check the valid prices and find out more about Pula and Rovinj
  • Tickets for Euphrasius’ Basilica are to be paid on spot; the valid prices and more about Poreč
  • Have a lunch in one of the restaurants or agrotourism and enjoy Istrian food
  • Recommendation: during the peak season (July, August) in Croatia, plan your trip during week-days (on weekends tourist traffic jams are to be expected on the highway)

What should you bring to this trip?

Comfortable (walking) shoes

Sunhat, water, (snack)

Rent a private driver!

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