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Top Choice Basilica in Poreč

Euphrasian Basilica

Top billing in Poreč goes to the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s finest intact examples of Byzantine art. Built on the site of a 4th-century oratory, the complex includes a…
Top Choice Historic Building in Pula

Roman Amphitheatre

Pula’s most famous and imposing sight is this 1st-century oval amphitheatre, overlooking the harbour northeast of the old town. It's a huge and truly magnificent structure, slotted together entirely from local limes…
Top Choice Temple in Pula

Temple of Augustus

Fronted by a high porch supported by six Corinthian columns, this small but perfectly proportioned temple was built sometime between 2 BC and AD 14. It survived the Christian era by being converted into a church, on…
Top Choice International in Central & Eastern Istria

Restaurant Zigante

Foodies from afar come to this destination restaurant belonging to Istria's top truffle company, located a few kilometres below Motovun in the village of Livade. Expect five-star fancy dining, with truffles as the s…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Buzet

Destilerija Aura

Occupying the extensive cellars of the elegant 1907-built Narodni Dom (People's House), this Aladdin's cave is filled with glistening bottles, hip flasks and jars of the rakije (grappas), liqueurs and jams that are …
Top Choice Istrian in Pazin

Konoba Vela Vrata

Located 5km northwest of Pazin in the hilltop village of Beram, this rural tavern serves some of the best handmade pasta, gnocchi and truffle dishes you'll taste in Istria. In winter the interior is a cosy affair; i…
Top Choice Seafood in Istria's West Coast

Marina

Both situated by and helmed by a Marina (hot-shot chef Marina Gaši), this inventive restaurant serves seafood dishes that manage to be both playful and sophisticated at the same time. The serves are a manageable siz…
Top Choice Seafood in Pula

Konoba Batelina

This family-run tavern is well worth a trek to Banjole, 6km south of central Pula. It only serves seafood, and it's some of the best, most creative and lovingly prepared you’ll find in Istria. There's no menu; inste…
Top Choice Istrian in Motovun

Konoba Mondo

Just before the outer town gate, this little tavern with a small side terrace serves imaginatively conceived and poshly presented Istrian mainstays, many featuring truffles. And if you just can't get enough of truff…
Top Choice Istrian in Poreč

Konoba Daniela

In the sweet little village of Veleniki, 5km east of Poreč, this rustic, family-run tavern is known for its steak tartare, huge beefsteaks, ravioli stuffed with mushrooms, and seasonal Istrian mainstays. Finish up w…