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Istria makes Lonely Planet’s annual TOP 10 destinations in Europe list

Rovinj (Photo credit: Ivo Biocina/Croatian National Tourist Board)

21 May 2019 – Istria in Croatia has been named as one of the top 10 destinations in Europe by Lonely Planet on its its annual top European summer destinations list. 

Istria is the only place in Croatia to feature on the new Lonely Planet list for international travellers this summer, coming in at no. 10. The popular travel guide praises  Croatia’s northern Istria region, which it says is known for clear waters, great wine and Roman history.  

“Whether it’s the heart-shaped peninsula’s limestone riviera, grand monuments or fondness for fine foods (and weakness for wine!), there’s a touch of the regal about Istria in northern Croatia – perhaps that’s why it proved such an object of desire for the Romans, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians, who tussled over this beautiful, fertile land for centuries. Today, the peninsula is yours to claim, with expanding European flight connections making it ever easier to reach. Begin with the history (Pula’s imposing Roman Amphitheatre and Poreč’s Unesco-listed mosaics for starters), move to the beaches (Mulini for atmosphere or Felsen Strand for seclusion), and crown it all off with the more recent additions: gourmet cycle tours during spring, music festivals in summer and truffle-hunting excursions come autumn,” says Lonely Planet.

Istria (Photo: Ivo Biocina/CTB)

High Tatras in Slovakia topped this year’s list which was voted by Lonely Planet’s travel experts. The list also included Madrid, Iceland, Bari and Lyon. 

Pula Arena (Photo credit: Diego Delso under CC)

You can see the full list here

Zadar, on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, was named on the top 10 cities to visit in 2019 list late last year.

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