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Self-Catering Holiday Rentals in Istria for Your Home Stay

The spectacular region of Istria is one of the most exciting to visit in Croatia. Renting a vacation home is a great option for those who really want to experience this beautiful Adriatic peninsula. The pretty town of Porec is a real favourite and has bays just south of the town called 'Blue' and 'Green', or 'Plava' and 'Zelena' to be more accurate, as well as 'Laguna' the lagoon so there's plenty of choice for visitors. Sightseeing in the Old Town of Porec is essential. See the wonderful gold mosaics at the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, and walk the same street that the Romans walked when you stroll down the town's main street, Decamenus. Take a catamaran trip across to Venice from Porec for a day out with friends or enjoy a game of tennis at one of the 165 tennis courts nearby! Well known for its many facilities, Porec is a real favourite with sport lovers who come to enjoy tennis, windsurfing, sailing, cycling and hiking and more. Porec has great nightlife and is very popular with a young, lively International crowd. Pula is Istria's largest town and its Roman amphitheatre, the Arena is well preserved and is the 6th largest of the surviving amphitheatres in the world today. Summer concerts and events are held at the Arena, well worth attending if you get the chance. See Roman statues at the Temple of Augustus on the site of the ancient Roman forum, today a busy piazza where visitors can enjoy a coffee or beer at one of the many cafes. Book a holiday home near Pula during July to enjoy the Seasplash Festival, a dance event which features top international and local acts. Pula also hosts the Pula Film Festival which is one of Europe's oldest. In the past, famous guests have included Orson Welles, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Relax with a cool drink at Uliks, or Ulysses cafes where a bronze bust of author James Joyce marks the fact that Joyce once taught English in Pula while working on his famous books. Take a boat trip to the Brijuni Islands from Pula, the kids will enjoy taking the little train around Veliki Brijun to see the island's safari park. Umag is the place to be in June when the Umagination Festival is a massive draw for visitors from all over Europe, and it's a great time to book a vacation home for yourself and friends. Umag has so much more to see, each July its international tennis centre is the venue for the Croatian Open. You'll never be short of interesting things to see and do in Istria and your self-catering holiday rental means that you have all the freedom to explore that you could wish for.

Holiday Letting in Istria for your short break

In the most westerly region of Croatia, holiday rentals in Istria will put you on a peninsular around which the Adriatic Sea has gradually carved out a rugged coastline where a number of historic towns and villages are scattered that are home to many typically rural farmhouses and cottages - in Istria, holiday villas and apartments are also available to provide you with all the character and charm you would expect to find in a destination where ancient customs and traditions still hold back a tide of modern progress that threatens to take over life in this charismatic corner of Croatia. Apartment and villa rentals in Istria can be found in locations anywhere from the mountainous areas of the north-east to coastal situations where even the quietest seaside town can easily compare to some of the more popular Mediterranean resorts in style, quality and climate. With Umag in the north, Pula in the south and in the mid-way resort of Porec, holiday rental accommodation in Istria would suit anyone wanting easy access to an endless supply of sun, sea and sand, not to mention the opportunity to explore the fascinating landscapes and lifestyles of a country with a history that dates back over thousands of years, and with so much to see and do in this diverse region of Croatia, bed and breakfasts in Istria will give you more time to devote to your voyage of discovery and relieve you of all the domestic duties you might find might find when you rent a self-catering villa or apartment in Istria.

Best Time to Enjoy Istria

Family holidays are even more fun when you have your own luxury villa with pool and private gardens. There are many excellent properties available in Istria, and summer holidays are the ideal time to get away from it all. Take trips to local markets to stock up on fresh local breads, cheeses and locally produced wines to enjoy back at your holiday house. Groups of friends can book holiday villas in Istria to take in Umagination or Seasplash or one of the many other top music festivals which are a major attraction in Istria throughout the sunny summer months. Book a holiday apartment near Pula for a truly romantic Valentine's Day break, or come at Easter when the meadows are filled with spring flowers and warm, sunny days are ideal for walking or boat trips to the Brijuni Islands National Park. Bank holidays are a great time to get away with a group of friends. Choose a holiday apartment in Novigrad or an elegant townhouse near Rovinj and take in some of the top tennis tournaments, perhaps even getting in a game yourself. Christmas and New Year are truly magical in Istria, and a luxury holiday villa is a wonderful choice for entertaining family and friends. Choosing holiday properties with Owners Direct gives you the security that our reputation brings, plus all the comforts of home. Look out for last minute deals, the perfect way to get the vacation home in Istria that you want for fabulous family holidays, or upgrade to a luxury villa so that you and your friends get a little extra. Many properties are pet friendly so you can even bring the dog along to enjoy this beautiful part of the world.

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