Wouldn’t we all like to at least once dive into the amazing blue sea and experience up close the magic of its depths? I know I would, and actually have – multiple times! And Istria offers a wide selection of first-class diving schools that will teach you all you need to know about diving. Expert leadership, high quality equipment that guarantees safety, experienced divers always there to help out and answer all your questions… I guarantee you will fall in love with this enchanting sport!
On the other hand, if your thing is speed, then step on it and get yourself down to Novigrad, pronto! Windsurfing is an ideal opportunity to experience the full force of the winds and test your own abilities; because once you are at the mercy of their whims, you will need every last ounce of energy you can muster to subdue them, especially if you happen to be on a surf board. Thanks to the experienced instructors of what I have heard to be the best school of windsurfing in Istria – the one below the Hotel Maestral – you will learn how to tame both the board and the wind, and get to experience the great joy of windsurfing, especially when the wind is up. It goes without saying, of course: stay safe!
Kayaking on Mirna
For those of a less adventurous spirit, whose ideal vacation is spent in the harmonious and beautiful surroundings of natural scenery, I would definitely recommend kayaking on the river Mirna. As its very name indicates (Mirna translates as calm), and as mentioned in countless texts I have published and stories I have passed on to my friends, it is a very calm river, ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Whether you are a professional or a beginner who would like to have a crack at the sport, all you need for kayaking can be found on site on Mirna: you can rent the boats and paddles, and you will also come across excellently organized tours.
The joys of summer for families
Children are a joy, always! So, if you decide to head for Northwest Istria this year – provide them with an unforgettable vacation! Make sure you visit the CampingIN Park Umag, which I would describe as the ideal family camp. Grab the kids by the hand and head for the nature, get to know the animals that inhabit it, and walk in the steps of the long-gone dinosaurs. Brijuni Islands, Motovun Forest and the Squirrel Park near Umag are the ideal destinations for families on vacation with kids. Then there is also Istralandia, a must-see for all those looking for fun and excitement on the water.
Romantic dinners on the seafront? Even more romantic walks along the romantic and timeless alleys of Buje and Brtonigla? Northwest Istria is the couples’ destination! Whether you are looking for a holiday for just the two of you, or you perhaps want a more active vacation, why not drop by Savudrija – a bike ride along the secret and dreamy pebbled beaches calls out to all couples in love!
If you come to Istria in the company of friends, there is no place I would not recommend. From the famed and beloved Istrian wineries, appealing to your senses with their selections of fantastic wines; superior olive gardens and manufacturers; prestigious sports events like the ATP Tournament, Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag or the delicious Gnam Gnam Festival in Novigrad; all the way to the adventure field trips to places such as the Škarline Nature Park and the Mramornica and Feštini Kingdom caves; Istria can make all your dreams come true!