Istrian and Croatian villa holidays

The heart-shaped Istrian peninsula, with an area of 3476 square kilometres, is where continental Croatia meets the Adriatic sea. The area stretches from Trieste in Italy to Rijeka in Kvarner Bay. Although small parts of the area belong to Slovenia and Italy, most of the land, and the islands, fall under Croatia territory. A perfect destination for forest holidays, the area is absolutely beautiful, with rolling hills, hilltop villages, verdant valleys and miles of picturesque coastline. Book one of NOVASOL’s villas in Croatia and discover the stunning area yourself!

Croatia holiday resorts and Istrian history

The name ‘Istria’ dates back to the Illyrian tribe of Histri, who settled in the area at around 2000 years BC. Although, evidence suggests that Istrian history dates back to over 12,000 years ago! Valuable discoveries from both the Ice Age and Stone Age have been discovered across the region, although perhaps the best example is the picturesque Lim Channel, which is ideally located close to plenty of our Croatia holiday resorts. The pretty channel is a flooded canyon in the karst, with steep sides and azure waters. Approximately 120m above sea level lies the Romauld Cave, which houses preserved evidence of life since the Palaeolithic era. Be sure to discover the area during your next Croatian villas holiday.



Roman rule and coastal cottages

Following the settlement of the Histri tribe in 2000 years BC, the area was then influenced by Celtic tribes in approximately 400 years BC, who came to the region and assimilated with the native population. Just under 200 years later, the Romans invaded and fiercely fought the locals, who did everything in their power to keep control of their homeland. The Romans emerged victorious and quickly conquered the island, wasting no time in establishing the settlements of Pula and Porec. Plenty of remnants of Roman architecture can still be discovered in such pretty towns, including the impressive Roman Amphitheatre in Pula. For this reason the town is perfect for those wishing to explore the history whilst staying in one of NOVASOL’s villas in Croatia.

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Croatian villas and the Venetian Coast

Following the fall of the Roman empire in 476AD, Istria was invaded by many tribes including Slavic and German tribes who battled for control of the land. Meanwhile, however, Venice gradually started to influence and impose herself on many areas of the coastline, hence why it is today called ‘Venetian Istria’. The Venetian Republic then ruled over large parts of the region for over four hundred years, especially in cities such as Umag, Porec, Rovinj and Pula. Following the fall of Venice, Austria acquired rule and governed the region until the first world war, after which the region became part of Italy. At the end of WW2, and following the defeat of Italy, Yugoslavia took ownership until the countries collapse. It now belongs to Croatia and is a thriving destination for cheap holidays and adventures.

Heading further afield

Croatia is brimming with a fascinating history wherever you visit. Following a fantastic Istrian adventure, why not explore some of our stunning villas in Dubrovnik where you will discover a rich trading history. Alternatively, head to the pretty town of Split and stay in one of NOVASOL’s apartments Split and discover the impressive Diocletian’s Palace.