One-Day Tour of Istria, Croatia

One-Day Tour of Istria, Croatia: The Highlights

Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula dangles off the northwest corner of the country into the Adriatic Sea. Like much of Croatia, the coastline in Istria is the big attraction. Seaside towns steeped in history line the western shore, each exuding unique character. However, the interior of the Istrian Peninsula is equally picturesque and has a storied past of its own.… Read the rest


Local life in Rovinj, Croatia

Local life in Rovinj, Croatia

We pass by the obvious cafes in the open squares that have menus in English and head up the twisted cobblestone lanes that lead into the interior of the old town. We smile at the elderly lady we’ve seen dozens of times, mumbling something we probably couldn’t understand even if we did speak the language.… Read the rest


Visiting Motovun: An Istrian Day Trip, Part 3

This four-part series details the four stops on our Istrian day trip. Our adventure through Istria included Truffle hunting and sampling, Istrian Brandy processing and sipping, visiting Motovun, a hilltop town, and visiting Porec, seaside town. It was a day full of new tastes, sights and experiences. Read the rest


Istrian Brandy: An Istrian Day Trip, Part 2

Istrian Brandy: An Istrian Day Trip, Part 2

This four-part series details the four stops on our Istrian day trip. Our adventure through Istria included Truffle hunting and sampling, Istrian Brandy processing and sipping, visiting Motovun, a hilltop town, and visiting Porec, a seaside town. It was a day full of new tastes, sights and experiences. Read the rest


Truffle Hunting: An Istrian Day Trip, Part 1

Truffle Hunting: An Istrian Day Trip, Part 1

This four-part series details the four stops on our Istrian day trip. Our adventure through Istria included Truffle hunting and sampling, Istrian Brandy processing and sipping, Visiting Motovun, a hilltop town, and visiting Porec, a seaside town. It was a day full of new tastes, sights and experiences. Read the rest


Hiking and Biking Trails in Rovinj, Croatia

Hiking and Biking Trails in Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj was an island until 1763 when the channel was filled in, connecting the city to the mainland. As an island, it was heavily fortified with two stone walls surrounding it – keeping attackers and illness (like the plague) out, which made it quite a desirable place to live.… Read the rest


We saw grapes growing in fields and at private homes during our Rovinj Wine Walk

Wine Tasting in Rovinj: Walk to 2 wineries

Wine in Croatia, like so much of Europe, is part of daily life. Croatia’s lengthy coastline along the Adriatic Sea provides favorable conditions for cultivating vines, which are frequently seen lining the hillsides. The Istrian peninsula is known for wine-making and, thus, wine tasting in Rovinj is a must-do.… Read the rest


Views over Rovinj, Croatia from the St. Euphemia Church bell tower

St. Euphemia Church and Bell Tower in Rovinj, Croatia

There is something so incredibly idyllic about Rovinj, Croatia – from the turquoise water lapping the rocky shore to the narrow and twisting lanes to the St. Euphemia Church that sits at the highest point and its bell tower that stretches into the sky.… Read the rest