Istria at Easter 2013
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 8:55 AM Last Post By: matheus_pu
Feb 3, 2013 2:54 AM
Istria at Easter 2013We are thinking of heading to Istria (probably Rovinj) for Easter. I realise summer is nowhere near upon us but will places (restaurants, bars, tourist-facilities) be open at that time of year?
Also, does the Italian influence spread to Croatia at Easter? I recall lots of celebrations/processions in Italy at Easter and wonder if the same can be expected in Istria.
Feb 3, 2013 6:03 AM
Feb 3, 2013 7:53 AM
2Of all the places on the Croatian coast, with the exception of Dubrovnik, Istra is the place most likely to be 'open' - Opatija in particular will likely be 'thriving', so to speak, with the more mature Austrian, German, Slovenian & Italian visitor, as at Christmas. On the whole, I would go elsewhere. Average weather stats do little to appeal in late March in that part of the world too.
Feb 3, 2013 8:04 AM
3Thanks for your comments and all are noted. I am struggling with a location though. At the moment I am based in Bratislava (Slovakia) and have a week spare at Easter and would like the chance of half-decent weather and, although not essential, the seaside. I am restricted to travelling by car as I have a dog and don't want to drive for more than, say, 8 hours and (bar the weather) Rovinj fits the bill.
I know weather is changeable and cannot be guaranteed but is there the likelihood of at least some sunshine and will it be warm enough to sit out in cafes and the like without being wrapped up?
Again, many thanks,
Feb 3, 2013 11:26 PM
With the outline given, your choice seems indeed logical. There is certainly the likelihood of some warm early spring sunshine for part of the time you are there, of course. I personally am unsure as to the extent Rovinj will be open but Opatija will be relatively active.
Only other (probably not very helpful) suggestion would be to delay til MayDay week.
Feb 4, 2013 2:52 AM
I haven't heard of Opatija before and it looks lovely although a bit too manicured for my taste although for a day trip it will work.
Thanks for your help and suggestions though and fingers x for some early Spring sunshine as you suggest.
Feb 4, 2013 6:35 AM
Feb 25, 2013 8:55 AM
7Tourist season in Istria starts for Easter, but seeing how this year Easter is coming relatively early, you will probably
find the more tourist oriented coastal towns not in full on tourist mode. But that is not a thing to be sorry about, for there are plenty of interesting places to visit, especially in the inland Istria,without the fuss, crowds and bad overpriced food. I would strongly recommend visiting the annual vine fair in Gračišće on Eastern Monday.
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