During your holiday in one of our Croatian villas, take full advantage of the rugged Istrian cliffs, which tower above crystal clear waters and small coves – perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. It is always great fun to follow the designated wine routes or to go cycling on one of the numerous cycle tracks that can be reached easily from our villas in Istria, especially when staying in one of our villas in Pula. Spending time in the countryside is definitely something your whole family will remember! Why not plan an excursion to Motovun with its massive fortifications or to the beautiful natural surroundings of Groznjan? Or, for fantastic views over the undulating landscape, you might prefer to visit Oprtalj or Hum, which is, believe it or not, the smallest town in the world.
Self-catering holidays with NOVASOL offer a wide range of experiences to intrepid holidaymakers. In western Istria, you will find many different cultures, with Roman, Austrian, French and even communist influences shaping this beautiful region. Explore historic sites, charming little towns and exciting sports and leisure activities from Istria villas, and discover one of the most family-friendly destinations in Europe. Many tourists travel to southern Istria to enjoy coastal towns full of adventure and history. NOVASOL has a large number of Pula apartments, which are close to the most important attractions of the city. Central Istria, on the other hand, is a tranquil escape dominated by vineyards, medieval villages and some of the most breathtaking landscapes the Adriatic has to offer.
Did you know that Istria is a popular destination for truffle lovers during the autumn? This is one reason why many NOVASOL holidaymakers book our villas in Istria during this time of the year, particularly our popular Pula apartments. Specially trained dogs and pigs are used to gather truffles in the forests of Istria, which are among some of the best places in the world to find this delicacy. On family holidays, go truffle hunting in the woods before retreating to local restaurants where there is usually a large selection of truffle specialties, whether that be in pasta and risotto dishes, or in meaty stews and refreshing salads.
There are many speciality dishes in Istria which use local ingredients such as freshly made olive oil, air-dried ham and asparagus. You can either enjoy these tasteful Croatian dishes in numerous restaurants and cafés, or visit one of Istria’s local markets to pick up some of these fresh ingredients to cook some traditional food in the privacy of your Istria villa. The Istrian cuisine is a mixture of the Italian and Austrian cuisine, and therefore a lot of pasta and meat dishes can be found on the menus of restaurants in Istria and Kvarner Bay. By the coast, fish dishes are also extremely popular, and taste even better when accompanied by a popular local wine, like Malvasia or Muscatel.
Istria is home to the charming city of Pula, a popular, commercial city that has successfully retained its friendly and welcoming vibe. A particular highlight is Pula’s impressive Roman amphitheatre, which takes pride of place in the heart of the town. Meanwhile, modern bars and pavement cafés add a touch of modernity to the city. Fans of our Zadar apartments particularly like our Croatian villas in Pula, due to the pretty architecture, interesting history and seafront location. Be sure to visit during your next villa holiday in Croatia!
Our holiday homes in Istria are close to the western coast of the country. The western coast of Istria is home to one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia: Rovinj. This Mediterranean fishing port is very picturesque, with cobbled streets and welcoming piazzas. Visit Rovinj during your next self-catering Croatia holiday and discover quiet bays, clear waters and a backdrop of verdant green forests – perfect for exploring with your pet! Alternatively, for those in search of culture, head to Novigrad, which has a rich history dating back to 599 AD. Discover the Old City, the distinctive bell tower and the pretty harbour. It is eternally popular with guests in our Istria villas! If you are in search of more quiet fishing villages on an archipelago of islands, browse our villas in Dalmatia, where you can enjoy a mild climate year-round!
Our villas in Croatia have plenty of amenities, modern furnishings and stylish décor. Choose between luxurious holiday homes in Istria, with large private pools and chic design; or more basic, but fully functional holiday lettings that are ideal for lower budgets. No matter which you select, we guarantee all of our self-catering accommodation will be well maintained, and contain the amenities you requested at booking time. We are northern Europe’s largest holiday rentals firm, with locations across most of Europe. In the 50+ years we have been in business we have let thousands of holiday villas, and make our customers the centre of our attention.