Northern Dalmatia and the Istrian Peninsula
What’s not to love about the heart-shaped Istrian peninsula? It’s a gourmand’s dream come true. Seductive, rustic, the soul of Istria is famous for its delicacies: The best-in-the-world Croatian olive oils, truffle-filled forests, and the perfect terroir for winemaking.
Storybook scenery of hillocks topped with medieval villages, wine routes that wind through bucolic countryside, Istria is called the “Tuscany of Croatia,” and on a tour with us you will see why. Combined with Zagreb and Slavonia, a tour of these regions is a kaleidoscope of beauty and decadence for the senses
- The largest truffle in the world was found in Istria in 1999!
- Did you know Istria was once part of Italy? The Istrian language is a unique mix of Italian, German, and Croatian, and is on the UNESCO “Red Book of Endangered Languages” list.
- The Pula amphitheater is one of just three preserved amphitheaters in the world—Istria has a staggering collection of Roman ruins and history.
- Istrian olive oils take gold and silver medals at international competitions—Italy has nothing on Croatia’s “liquid gold.”
Signature Istrian dishes and specialties
- Fusi – hand rolled pastas of all shapes.
- Truffles, truffle oil, truffle cheese, truffle omelets,
- TRUFFLE EVERYTHING!
- Manestre – a hearty stew of beans and veggies that varies from village to village
- Great seafood! The peninsula is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea on all sides.
- Award winning olive oils
- Superior wines – Malvazija, Teran. One of the best wine routes in Europe.