Istria –

How to get the most out of 4 days in Istria

Seductive Istria

Istria always seduces travellers with its dazzling diversity of landscapes and experiences – therefore, a travel itinerary for an upcoming trip is easy to create.
This itinerary combines crystal clear sea, hilltop towns, historic sites and glorious food & wine – all ideal ingredients for a romantic getaway or a couples trip. Get inspired by highlights of Green and Blue Istria – the part along the seaside is known as Blue Istria and the inner areas of the peninsula are referred to as Green Istria.

Selected hideaway boutique hotels offering premium stay for this itinerary are
Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery – Relais & Chateaux    https://meneghetti.hr
San Canzian Village and Hotel    https://san-canzian.hr

4-day Luxury itinerary

Day 1 – Blue Istria

Arriving to PULA, an exciting city for history lovers and also the largest city in Istria. Dive into the history of the Roman Empire with a visit to the Arena of Pula, one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world. Other famous monuments to see during the sightseeing tour are the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi and the Temple of Augustus.

Top choice for lunch that serves only seafood is Batelina, a family-run tavern 6 km south of Pula.

Visiting Istria, the region with the best extra virgin olive oils in the world, it is a must to taste the golden drops. While leaving the Pula area behind and heading towards your hotel,  make a stop at the Chiavalon to experience the tasting of their liquid gold like a pro.

Once you’ve arrived to Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery, it’s time to relax by the pool and later take advantage of the Energy Clinic Spa Center  or a  guided tasting of Meneghetti wines.

The hotel’s restaurant, recommended by the Michelin,  serves extraordinary multi-course tasting menus. Along with the amazing dishes try appropriate wines which the sommelier will recommend with pleasure.

Day 2 – Blue Istria

After having breakfast, prepare yourself for a luxury adventure on the waves of the Adriatic. Embark on a private yacht and explore the natural wonders of Lim Bay, of Rovinj archipelago, of Cape Kamenjak and discover secret cliffs and romantic bays to dive into.

Getting back to the mainland, take a stroll through ROVINJ, one of the most picturesque towns on the Mediterranean and within sight of Sant’Eufemia church, dine at Restaurant Monte, the first in Croatia awarded with the Michelin star.

Before heading back to your hotel, sip a drink at the trendsetting Cocktail & champagne bar Valentino and enjoy a spectacular sunset while sitting on golden pillows arranged on the rocky shore. A unique way of enjoying life and drinks!

If you prefer to dine in a vegetarian friendly restaurant overlooking the old town, then the perfect spot for you is Cap Aureo Signature Restaurant located on the 5th floor of the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj.

Day 3 – Blue and Green Istria

Treat yourself with a late breakfast on the Meneghetti Estate, or if you prefer, a romantic breakfast in bed followed by check-out. Head towards POREČ to visit Euphrasius’ basilica, the most famous cultural-historical monument of the town which has been included on the UNESCO world heritage list. When taking a walk on the seaside promenade, stop for a drink watching the island St. Nicola.

Your next gourmet experience is set in 18th century building in the typical Istrian village of Brtonigla. The awarded restaurant is part of the Heritage Hotel San Rocco with a wine list of 250 wines from region and the best international bottles.

After your arrival to the San Canzian Village and Hotel later in the afternoon, take a dip into the pool that offers breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the olive gardens and vineyards while sipping cocktails and watching the sunset. Or, take the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabrio II for a spin.

Enjoy your dinner at the hotel restaurant Luciano with tasting menus that will please even the most experienced fine dining connoisseur, along with premium wines from their walk-in wine cellar. Or do you fancy more a private dinner for two in the olive groves?

Day 4 – Green Istria

Begin the morning with breakfast and get ready for an extraordinary experience – head for a bathe in local beer! Located in Buje,  on the site of San Servolo Craft Brewery & Resort you can enjoy the first beer spa ever built in Croatia. Relax in beer baths in special bathtubs, each with its own tap beer service!

While taking a beer bath, you do not have to worry about getting all drunk and dizzy – this procedure is firstly intended for recovery and restoration of skin and hair beauty. The wonderful aroma of a home brewed beer and the massage effect of natural foam and bubbles help the vitamins and other valuable components to absorb into the skin, creating a pleasurable and cheerful mood at the same time. Yours is to relax, beer will do the rest!

Later, join Pietro&Pietro – Natura Tartufi, Zigante Tartufi or the Karlić family on a private hunt for the region’s most treasured culinary delight. Follow their sharp-nosed hounds into the depths of the Motovun forest in the hope of digging up a truffle or two, then head back to the family estate to incorporate the Istrian delicacy into a variety of tasty lunch dishes.

You can’t visit the countryside without taking a stroll through charming hilltop towns. Explore the narrow cobbled streets  of Motovun and the art galleries before taking a break with a cappuccino to admire the stunning view.

For your fine-dining venue, we suggest the restaurant at Wine & Heritage hotel ROXANICH. Delight your palate with a multi course menu in order to best understand their culinary philosophy. All wine labels available currently on the market are in their regular wine list.  If you’re in the mood to dig a little deeper into Roxanich wine range and discover how their wines develop through time, you have the opportunity to taste multiple vintages of the same wine and compare them. This type of tasting allows you to get a sense of what makes each vintage unique and learn about what pleases your palate.

Day 5
Enjoy delicious breakfast on the San Canzian estate, followed by a late check out.

 

If you are not yet ready to go home, visit https://www.wallstreetluxury-europe.com/istria/ and after watching the video, find more selected activities for a longer stay in magic Istria.

Keep in mind that hotels & restaurants of this itinerary can also be the perfect venue for events like weddings, meetings, seminars, teambuilding and more.

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