Small is beautiful. Nowhere is that truer than in Istria, the compact, heart-shaped peninsula at the northern end of Croatia's coast, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Some of Croatia’s most attractive towns adorn its coastline, while inland folded valleys harbour ancient forests, medieval towns and excellent vineyards.
With its rich history, diverse landscapes and hearty food and drink, Eastern Europe is firmly on the map for more travellers than ever before. But growing popularity and improved accessibility can mean larger crowds and strained infrastructure.