Istria – Located in Croatia’s northernmost peninsula. Istria has the cool & rolling hills. They are becoming extensively known for their truffles, Malvazija white wines, olive oil stancijas (estates), and disintegrating hill towns. Alongside the coast, sunny ocean views and unprepared opportunities for swimming and snorkeling abound. Istria falls in three countries: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.
The idealistic town of Rovinj (above), an earlier Venetian vassal state, rises from the Adriatic like an alienated island of Venice. Pine-shaded Adriatic bays entice with a stimulating plunge. Evenings are capped off with Bubbly cocktails at the Valentino Bar, a breezy boîte balanced directly on the water and illuminated in vivid sapphire by underwater lights. It is not a bad spot to cherish your own inner lover.