Istria’s beaches may not grab the headlines as much as those further south – but they are equally magical. Zlatni Rat – known as the Golden Cape – is the most famous in the region, but you’ll find many more hidden gems which are known primarily to locals only.
Istria’s beaches are mostly pebbled rather than sandy. As such it’s a great region for off-beach snorkeling, particularly around the southern tip of Cape Kamenjak.
While taking in all of the above, what you will note most of all while traveling around Istria is truly remarkable scenery. A patchwork of glittering beaches, rolling hills, verdant fields, and photogenic towns make this one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia.
Most visitors will take in Pula and Rovinj (and surrounds) alone. However, intrepid travelers should venture over to Istria’s remote east coast, where you’ll find some of its most striking, isolated beaches around the colorful town of Rabac.