Istria is, as we have already mentioned, one of the finest regions of Croatia, not just for visiting during a summer travel time spent in Croatia, but for making a break in one of Istrian villages or towns during the rest of the year. Apart from the beautiful landscape and charming towns in central part and along the coast of Istria, what makes this region great is plenitude of events and festivals that are held throughout the year and make every visit a unique experience, full with activities and new adventures. And it is something that truly shows the genuine way of life here, as locals participate in all these events to have fun and socialize, and show to all the visitors the way they celebrate life and their culture and tradition.
The end of winter and beginning of spring are especially interesting parts of the year so if you have been thinking about spending your Easter holidays away from home or you would like to make a weekend break from your hometown winter routine, do yourself a favour and visit Istria during February, March and April. Perfect holiday in Istria is not just a summer thing. See to yourself that this region lives all year long and apart that it will not be as hot as in July or August, you will hardly be able to tell the difference from the summer vacation time spent here.
Istria is easy to reach at any time, whether by plane or by bus or car. Accommodation is easily found, as many home rental owners rent their properties during the entire year and many hotels are open as well. Staying in private apartment or booking a luxury villa made of Istrian stone, it's up to you. What is great about it that many owners have special offers and prices for guests that come during winter and spring time so you will definitely be able to find great rental properties, including authentic villas and stone houses, at affordable price.
The next step is deciding what you would like to do during your visit. If you come in February, then take the opportunity to enjoy carnival time in Istria and learn about local customs and traditions as almost every Istrian village or town has an official organized celebration with concerts and culinary events. It is an ideal time to learn more about cuisine in Istria. For example, there are Honey days held in central Istria where you can taste dishes based on local honey. April is a great month for tasting Istria food as a gastro fair is held in Rovinj, and if you decide to spend Easter here be sure to visit Presentation of wines of central Istria in Gračišće - all you pay is a glass at the entrance, and you are free to taste as many wine sorts as you like. And those are just some of the culinary events held during springtime in Istria.
If you are an adventurous type and like cycling and running, well Istria again has several excellent tournaments and races to offer. During March, tennis tournaments are held in Poreč and Umag and there are several cycling races in Umag, Poreč, Pazin, Labin, Vrsar and other towns. In April „100 miles of Istria“ takes place, an ultra trail race that is held across the whole Istria connecting historic towns of Labin, Buzet, Motovun and Umag. When you get bored from all the racing, cheering and adrenaline rushes, there are numerous concerts and other events to keep you occupied, such as the International choir festival or if you like animals you can visit dog exhibition held in Rovinj. Or you can just relax at the accommodation you have rented and enjoy easy strolls after lunch.
Visiting Croatia and Istria during this so-called quiet part of the year can be a very rewarding experience as there is plenty to see and do. And with excellent accommodation offer where you can treat yourself with a comfortable apartment or a beautiful villa, you will find yourself having a perfect holiday in no time, and it's not even summer yet.