Family holidays in Istria - dreamlike bays, crystal-clear water, children's fun and lifestyle
Istria, the peninsula in the north of Croatia, is a popular holiday destination especially for families, beach holidaymakers and water sports enthusiasts. You will find numerous camping and holiday parks along the coast. If you are looking for fine sandy beaches, you will rarely find sandy beaches on a camping holiday on the Adriatic in Istria.
Most holiday parks by the sea in Istria have fine-gravel beaches
In some cases, stony beach sections have been supplemented by bathing platforms. It is therefore recommended that you take bathing shoes with you. Then the way into the water is pleasant, without "pricking". Now nothing stands in the way of splashing and swimming fun or diving and snorkelling in Istria. The great advantage of the pebble beaches and often "rocky" seabeds is that the water is usually very clear. You can observe starfish, small fish and much more!
Swimming pools and water attractions for the whole family
Many family and holiday parks in Istria also offer pool facilities - with relaxation areas, wellness, children's attractions such as slides, "spray parks" or even a whole pirate play ship! You will find pools with fresh water or with sea water and a view of the Adriatic Sea in holiday parks and family-friendly campsites in Istria.
Delicious food and enjoyment on holiday at the beach in Istria
The cuisine of Istria offers both light Mediterranean and hearty delicacies. Pizza, pasta, grilled dorades, langoustines or calamari, delicious meat dishes with fresh herbs - at the campsites in Istria by the sea you settle down in cosy beach restaurants. The cappuccino here is as good as in the Italian Friuli-Venezia Giulia, which greets you from the other "side" of the Adriatic. You'll also find plenty of ice cream cafés in Rovinj, Poreč, Vrsar, Umag and Pula - or coffee houses with Viennese flair. The country once belonged to the multi-ethnic state of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
A chequered history and numerous peoples shaped north-eastern Croatia
Centuries before the Austrians (and also the Bavarians), the nearby maritime power of Venice was active on Istria's Adriatic coast. The characteristic Campanile, the church tower of Rovinj, built in the Venetian style and visible from afar, bears witness to this. Even earlier, about two thousand years ago, the Romans conquered the region. Your children will be amazed when you visit the ancient Roman arena in Pula during your camping holiday in Istria.
If you are looking for a change from a holiday by the sea in Istria, take a trip into the hilly inland
Just a few kilometres inland, things are calm and quiet even in high season. Discover the Baredine stalactite grotto, which is spectacularly illuminated. Hikers enjoy the Mediterranean nature around the Vojak peak and the view far out to sea. Motovun is a village that seems unchanged since the Middle Ages.
The Limski fjord, which is well worth seeing, is part of a deeply cut river valley
From Fažana, you can sail in from the Adriatic coast of Istria on excursion boats. Who will discover the pirate's pulpit in the rock? There is also pure culture for the whole family. For example, your children will surely find the "mummies of Vodnjan", the relics in the church there, quite scary...