Wild Cape Kamenjak on the Premantura Peninsula, 10km south of Pula, is Istria’s southernmost point. This gorgeous, entirely uninhabited cape has lovely rolling hills, wild flowers (including 30 species of orchid), low Mediterranean shrubs, fruit trees and medicinal herbs, and around 30km of beaches and rugged swimming spots. It’s criss-crossed with a maze of gravel roads and paths, making it easy to get around on foot or by bike.
Near the southern tip of the peninsula is a viewpoint providing an incredible vista out over the island of Cres and the peaks of Velebit. Nearby is a wonderfully ramshackle beach bar, half-hidden in the bushes, seemingly cobbled together out of flotsam. The adjacent cliffs are popular with daredevils who dive from them and swim through the shallow caves at the water’s edge.
Watch out for strong currents if swimming off the southern cape.