Istria and Kvarner
Who knows who was the first to call Istria "the Magic land"- "Terra magica": the people of the ancient Mediterranean civilization, the Celts, the Histri or, most likely, the Romans. Nevertheless, all these nations and their cultures have disappeared, but Istria has remained, with all its magic - the magic you will feel at every step, in every touch...in a glass of the Istrian wine Teran, in a drop of the Istrian olive oil, in the taste of the Istrian brandy Biska...The magic of Istria is in its energy you must give yourself up to. Let the Istrian energy slide in its little towns - the Vrsar, Motovun, Buzet acropolis, in front of the mosaics of the Euphrasy's Basilica in Poreč, whilst watching the sunset over Rovinj, or sailing amongst the islands of the Brioni Archipelago, or standing in the centre of the Roman forum in Pula.
Search for the Magic Istria in its hinterland, in the truffles aroma from the Mirna valley, in front of the walls of the tiny town of Roč at the foot of Ćićarija, on the hillsides of the Učka Mountain....
Istria is a peninsula full of peculiarities, inspirations and myths. Listen briefly to its century-long story. It is a story that has nowhere else been so successfully and masterly interwoven into the present time, into Istria of today:
a modern, modest, precious, touristic part...
Feel the rise of a mistral near Umag, peek into the Lim Fjord near Rovinj, recognize the Brioni islands near Pula by their diplomatic history, soak up the power of the sun and the wind on the most southerly cape - Kamenjak. Enjoy Istria - it is the best thing to do to feel the light, gentle quivering of the soul intoxicated with Istria and - to be happy.
Istria - Terra Magica is wherever you go, whatever you see, touch or feel.
The Blue Sea Crowned by Hills
Kvarner is a harmony of difference which is perfectly described by a new slogan - Diversity is beautiful.
The blueness of the sea framed by snowy mountaintops in winter, the richness of the forest of the Rab Kalifront and the bareness of the northern side of the island, the mystic of the votive churches on bare pastures of the Cres plateau and the romantic amorous of the Lošinj forest park of Čikat, together with many accompanying details - the sandy islands of Susak or Srakane, or of the nearby island of Unije, or of the, in many ways unique and picturesque island of Ilovik; the large self-confident island of Krk, with well-kept vineyards and fine wines, with the more and more renewed olive groves and a multitude of pleasant restaurants; the ecological islands of Pag and Cres with the best lamb meat in the world. On the other hand, on the mainland catches the eye and lures touristicaly the blooming Liburnia: Mošćenička Draga, Lovran, Ičići, Opatija and Volosko, built in a luxurious style, with nearly 170 years long tourist tradition, bellow the east slopes of the mountain Učka.
The bell towers of Brseč, Mošćenice and Veprinac seem as if they are guarding that heavenly garden of parks, flowers, seaside strolls, aristocratic villas and hotels. A little further, across Rijeka (a large economic, traffic and cultural centre on the Adriatic, that has spread below a thousand year old citadel - Trsat), lay the seaside towns Bakar and Kraljevica, with a rich maritime tradition, and the famous tourist destinations: Crikvenica with, so they say, the most perfectly constructed beach on the Adriatic, and Novi Vinodolski, an old historical town, where, in 1228, the first Croatian statute, the Vinodol Statutes, was written. In addition to its beauty, diversity, hospitality and over a hundred year long tourist tradition, the Kvarner region excels in the exceptional gastronomy offered in a wide variety of top class restaurants.
Source: ACI Catalogue 2011