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Istria is one of the most frequently visited regions in Croatia. Mild climate, fresh air and clean seawater provide an active vacation in Istria all year round. Istria is the largest Croatian and Adriatic peninsula. It is located on the northeastern part of Adriatic, on the territory of Slovenia and Croatia (according to some opinions, Istria goes all the way to Trieste). The geographical features of Istria include mountain range Cicarija on the north, and Ucka Mountain on the east (therefore, Opatija belongs to Kvarner, not Istria). The western coast of Istria is shallow and well-indented, while the eastern coast is steep and less populated.
Throughout the years, Istria has orientated itself around tourism. Due to this, its accommodation capacity has grown. Visitors can find accommodation such as apartments and rooms in private homes, villas, hotels, camps and agrotourism. Istria is also developed in nautical tourism, congressional tourism, hunting and fishing tourism, culture, scuba diving and horseback riding.
With its typical Venetian architecture of buildings, churches, bell towers, as well as its coastline and beaches Istria is a not to be missed tourist destination. There are three rivers in Istria: Dragonja, Rasa and Mirna. The culture of Istria reflects the historical heritage of many small towns and a mixture of various cultural traditions. It shows a strong interaction of land and sea cultures, which is evident in the appearance of towns, by folk customs and even gastronomy.
The natural features of Istria are numerous, of which Ucka Mountain, Brijuni Archipelago and the Limski Channel stand out. Ucka is a Mountain with two faces - forested east and karst west. When the weather is clear, there is an unforgettable view of the land and the sea from the 1400 m high mountain top.
The Brijuni Archipelago is located in front of town of Pula. It consists of fourteen islands, just over seven square kilometers total. Their coastline is exceptionally indented and they are covered with evergreen vegetation. They have been inhabited since Roman and Bizantine times, as testified by numerous architectural remains and mosaics. Brijuni National Park consists of sea surface with well-preserved sea life.
The Limski Channel is a hydro-morphological phenomenon, created after the Ice Age. Its south side is overgrown with deciduous trees, while the north side is rich in evergreen trees. Since Limski Channel is full of fresh water springs, the sea surface is abundant with different species of fish, which spawn in the Channel, while shells have been artificially cultivated for a long time now.
Other natural attractions in Istria include the Raski Bay and the Motovun Forest in the Mirna Valley, one of the rare places with common oak growing in the littoral.
Wine production and olive growing are Istrian tradition - wine and olive oil are important ingredient in Istrian cuisine, as well as in Mediterranean cuisine. According to people of Istria, wine is the source of health, love and culture. Red soil and sea vicinity give wine a special flavor, color, and taste. Istria has been producing olive oil for centuries. It is distinguished by its greenish color and bitterish essence. It is a must for a healthy diet. There are many roads of olive oil and wine in Istria.