The region of villas with pools

Istria stands as the crown jewel of Croatia, renowned for its economic stability and unparalleled beauty. For over a century, the region has invested tirelessly in tourism infrastructure and the education of its people, laying the foundation for its prosperity. The fruits of this investment are evident in the opulent houses that dot the suburbs of Istria’s charming coastal towns. It’s a common sight for Istrian citizens to supplement their income by renting out spare apartments or rooms during the…

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A melting pot of cultures and diversity

Istria stands as a shining example of multicultural harmony, where people from all corners of the globe coexist harmoniously, transcending barriers of religion, nationality, and culture. This enchanting region, once part of the ex-Yugoslavia, now boasts a vibrant tapestry of diversity, with inhabitants hailing from various countries of the former federation. But Istria’s allure extends far beyond its historical ties, drawing in people from around the world who are captivated by its idyllic climate, delectable cuisine, and laid-back lifestyle. Here,…

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Bronze age Istria and geological shifting

Between 1000 B.C. and 500 B.C., the world witnessed significant historical events and transformations, both natural and cultural. In terms of geological changes, the Earth’s surface experienced notable shifts, including volcanic eruptions and large earthquakes that left enduring marks on the landscape. In Europe, the Bronze Age was in full swing, characterized by the rise of complex societies and the emergence of early civilizations. During this time, several major volcanic eruptions occurred, impacting not only the local environment but also…

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Shaping of the World 1000 b.c.

Around 1000 B.C., civilizations across the globe were undergoing significant developments, marking pivotal points in human history. In Europe, notable civilizations such as the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Etruscans were flourishing, each leaving a distinct imprint on the cultural landscape of the region. Across the Atlantic in what is now the United States, indigenous peoples were establishing complex societies characterized by rich oral traditions, sophisticated agriculture, and intricate social structures. Amidst these global transformations, the Histri people emerged in the region…

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Wildlife in Istria

Istria, Croatia, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, boasting a diverse array of flora and fauna across its varied landscapes. Among the notable inhabitants of its forests and mountains, wild boar and deer reign supreme, their presence adding a touch of wilderness to the region. In recent years, sightings of wolves and jackals have also been reported in the mountainous areas, adding an air of mystique to Istria’s natural wonders. Rumors of bears crossing the border from Slovenia only add…

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The giants of Istria

Legends of giants loom large in the folklore of Istria, where they are said to have played a pivotal role in the creation of the region’s iconic hilltop towns. According to ancient tales passed down through generations, these towering beings were not only the architects of the towns but also their fierce protectors, dwelling within the mountains beneath each settlement. Among the most renowned of these legendary figures is Veli Jože (Great Joseph, Big Joe), the giant credited with the…

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The reign of the Histri civilization

The Histri civilization, spanning from 1000 to roughly 200 B.C., wielded considerable influence over the Istrian Peninsula, leaving an indelible mark on its history and culture. Organized into societies dispersed throughout Istria, over 200 settlements have been unearthed, bearing testament to their thriving civilization. Renowned for their prowess as sailors, the Histri navigated the Adriatic with ease, establishing trade networks and fostering connections with neighboring civilizations. Their interactions extended to the Venetians, Greeks, and Romans, although their relationship often turned…

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Caves that meant life

The prehistoric archaeological landscape of Istria unveils a captivating narrative of human existence dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Among its remarkable sites, the cave of San Daniele near Pula stands as a testament to ancient life, offering tangible evidence of human activity from as far back as 800,000 years ago. Within its depths, archaeologists have unearthed meticulously crafted stone tools, providing insights into the resourcefulness and ingenuity of early human inhabitants. Istria’s terrain, characterized by its dominant Karst…

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Interesting historical sites in Istria

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Croatia lies the enchanting peninsula of Istria, a region steeped in history and cultural richness. From ancient civilizations to medieval marvels, Istria boasts a tapestry of historical sites waiting to be explored. Dating back to 1600 B.C., Istria was already well inhabited by people whose legacy still resonates through the land. Traces of their existence can be found in the form of mysterious ruins and archaeological sites scattered across the peninsula, offering a fascinating…

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Hrvoje Roksandić (H.) – Histria Guide
Phone: +385 95 903 40 53

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