Istria County Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Istria County Culinary & nightlife

Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

1. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

2. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

Meet at the Verudela resort area and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. It's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with LED lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. Imagine that you have a huge snorkelling mask but you don't have to get wet to observe what is going on under the sea. Experience transparent kayaking the way it's supposed to be. During the tour, catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos. Don't forget to look up at the starry sky and take in the heavens.

Umag: Olive Oil, Wine, and Local Food at a Family Farm

3. Umag: Olive Oil, Wine, and Local Food at a Family Farm

Immerse yourself in this farm-to-table gastronomic experience at a family farm near Umag. Learn about the production of premium olive oil in a region that has been declared the best olive oil region in the world by the Italian Flos Olei. Meet your host at their family property that was built in 1899. Admire views of the olive groves, vineyards, and orchards before heading down to the olive oil tasting room. Listen as your guide reveals the secrets behind the olive harvesting and oil extraction process. Discover how the process has changed over the years. Get tips on how to store olive oil properly to ensure its freshness. Taste some Olivo Istriano Premium Grand Cuvée oil. Learn how to taste and distinguish premium oil from inferior olive oil. Pair your oil with an Istrian charcuterie board of assorted cured meats and two organic cheeses from a local farm. Taste freshly prepared homemade ricotta cheese with olives. Savor fresh seasonal fruits from the garden with homemade bread. Finish your tasting with some artisan ice cream. Sip on Malvasia Istrina wine, dry Muscat Cuvee wine, Istrian Refosco red wine, olive liquor, and elderflower juice. Head out for a stroll through the olive grove to find out about various types of olive trees.

Pula: House of Istrian Olive Oil Museum and Guided Tasting

4. Pula: House of Istrian Olive Oil Museum and Guided Tasting

Enter the House of Istrian Olive Oil in the center of Pula. Learn how Romans made olive oil and where and how it was exported. See two short films that show the traditional olive oil making process and how olive oil is made today. Take a seat in the tasting room and take a close look at the taste, aroma, texture, and appearance of high-quality Istrian olive oils, as well as olive oil typically found in a supermarket. Learn how to recognize good from bad olive oils. Understand the positive and negative attributes of Olive Oil. Try a pairing of sweet dessert and olive oil.

Pula: Sunset Dinner Cruise by Traditional Wooden Boat

5. Pula: Sunset Dinner Cruise by Traditional Wooden Boat

Take to the water for a cruise on a traditional Croatian wooden boat from Pula. Enjoy dinner freshly prepared by a chef onboard as you search for dolphins and watch the sunset. Begin your cruise with panoramic sightseeing of port Pula, the main port of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Continue cruising into Brijuni Islands National Park to look for dolphins as the chef prepares a delicious dinner. Brijuni Islands National Park is home to 14 islands with white sandy beaches and lush vegetation. With a large fish population, dolphins can often be found hunting for a meal in the area. For dinner, choose between mackerel with salad, chicken breast with salad, or a vegetarian option. Unlimited mineral water, orange juice, and white wine are included during the cruise. Return to Pula harbor with a wonderful night view of the city and the iconic Pula Arena, a Roman Amphitheater.

From Zadar: Full Day Private Tour of Medieval Motovun & Senj

6. From Zadar: Full Day Private Tour of Medieval Motovun & Senj

Take a ride to the medieval destinations of Senj and Motovun from the romantic city of Zadar. Make stops at the Vratnik Fortress, Nehaj Castle, and the Parenzana Tunnel for sightseeing, at-your-own-pace exploration, and photo opportunities. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation and depart for your adventure early in the morning. Make your first stop at the Viewpoint Maruna for quick sightseeing and taking photographs of the stunning view. Then, arrive at the Vratnik Fortress for a quick history lesson and photo op. Up next, take your time for an hour at Nehaj Castle, with a guide included in the experience. Walk through the castle's walls and learn important facts about the building's history. Find yourself next at the Gates of the Adriatic, a rest stop that includes options for food, drinks, and washrooms. Take as many photos as you like and enjoy the ambiance of the environment. Then, explore Motovun on your own, an Istrian Village that was once occupied by both the Celts and the Illyrians. Take the option to discover the town in the hills with a guide if you want the full experience. Afterward, spend some time at the Parenzana Tunnel. Admire the beautiful stonework as you walk through the arched passway and learn its historical importance. Afterward, make a final rest stop at Macola, where you can eat and pose with the stuffed animals.

Istria County: Istrian Food Tour Day Trip with Farm Visit

7. Istria County: Istrian Food Tour Day Trip with Farm Visit

Taste the flavors of the Croatian countryside on a daylong 3-stop food tour of Istria. Meet the producers who sell fresh fruits and vegetables at a market. Chat with farmers over a meal at their own farm. Sample regional dishes at a restaurant.  Try cheese, charcuterie, and olive oil at the first stop in the countryside. Take time to chat with the producer during the visit. Find out what’s in season and enjoy a sample. Besides olives and grapes, Istria is also known for its asparagus. Further along, visit a working family farm. Share in conversation and taste traditionally prepared dishes over a light meal with your hosts. You’ll start to notice the Austrian and Venetian influences as you try each new dish.  A restaurant marks the tour’s final stop. Indulge in more traditional Istrian cuisine. Pastas and seafood are popular staples in the area. They also pair well with the locally grown wines. After the restaurant, you will return to your hotel. 

Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

8. Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour, you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades. Hum – the smallest town in the world Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe. Motovun – the most famous medieval town of Istria Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country – Motovun. This fascinating town that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. These white truffles are said by many to be as good as their French and Italian counterparts. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.” During your visit to Motovun, you will get to experience these delicious local truffle products for yourself. Grožnjan – town of artists and music Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

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We had a great experience. Everyone on the team is super nice and enjoys their job. Our tour guide Ivan was great and in a great mood. Our expectations were met and we are super happy to have done the tour.

This family farm is awesome. Rene was a great host with a great tour of the olive grove. The wine with food tasting complete with wonderful olive oil was very tasty. I highly recommend this experience!

The boat trip was really great, great food too! (take the fish) We got to see dolphins and the unlimited drinks were also very nice!

Very safe and helpful instruction by kind and caring staff, most impressed. Stunning activity would highly recommend.

It was a great and unique experience, very friendly guide and staff. Would deffinetely recommend