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Top Choice Gastronomy in Motovun

Restaurant Zigante

Gourmets from afar come to this destination restaurant belonging to Istria's top truffle company and located a few kilometres below Motovun in the village of Livade. Expect five-star fancy dining, with truffles as t…
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 Istrian in Poreč

Konoba Daniela

In the sweet little village of Veleniki 4.5km northeast of town, this family-run tavern in an 1880s house with rustic decor and a big terrace is known for its steak tartare and seasonal Istrian mainstays. It also re…
Top Choice Church in Rovinj

Church of St Euphemia

The town’s showcase, this imposing church dominates the old town from its hilltop location in the middle of the peninsula. Built in 1736, it’s the largest baroque building in Istria, reflecting the period during the…
Top Choice Bar in Pula

Cabahia

This artsy hideaway, 2km south of the centre in Veruda, has a cosy wood-beamed interior, eclectic old objects, dim lighting, South American flair and a great garden terrace out the back. It hosts concerts and gets p…
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 Seafood in Pula

Konoba Batelina

The superb food that awaits at this family-run tavern is worth a trek to Banjole village, 3km southeast of Pula. The owner, fisherman and chef David Skoko, dishes out seafood that’s some of the best, most creative a…
Top Choice Cafe in Pula

Cvajner

Housed in a former bank on the Forum (the huge safe is used as a storeroom), this is Pula's hippest cafe, scattered with random Tito-era furniture, art by up-and-coming local artists and chilled staff. In the warmer…
Top Choice Istrian in Central & Eastern Istria

Toklarija

The reason to come to Sovinjsko Polje is to enjoy one of Istria’s finest dining experiences. At this beautifully converted 600-year-old olive mill (bought by his grandfather in the 1950s), eccentric owner Nevio Siro…
Top Choice Tapas in Rovinj

Male Madlene

This adorable and popular spot is in the owner's tiny jumble sale of a living room hanging over the sea, where she serves creative finger food with market-fresh ingredients, based on old Italian recipes. Think tuna-…