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Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

1. Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

The starting point of this kayak experience is Cape Kamenjak, a protected natural park south of Pula. From one of its charming pebble beaches, you will start your adventure after a quick briefing from the tour guides. After settling in the kayaks, you'll paddle for approximately 40 minutes following the rugged coast while enjoying the summer scenery all the way to the Kolombarica Sea Cave. In the cave, you'll swim in the turquoise water lit by the sun rays that enter through a cave opening above. Snorkeling and exploring the vibrant sea life of Kamenjak is a memory you'll want to remember. That's why this tour includes free GoPro photos. If you're an adrenaline seeker, you'll love jumping from the cliffs (up to 15m high) after exploring the cave. If not, you can enjoy some time sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. On the way back, the tour guides will make short stops as needed. If you're interested, you can find out some amazing facts about the area. This tour is an ideal summer experience for friends and families. It's completely safe and suitable for beginners and kids.

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Pula: Saint Jerolim Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. Pula: Saint Jerolim Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Embark on an adventure to the pristine coast of Saint Jerolim. Enjoy beautiful views of the Punta Christo lighthouse, the skyline of Pula, and the expansive Brijuni Islands. Feel at one with nature as you admire a landscape ruled by the wilderness. Paddle to Saint Jerolim and relax on the beach, before setting off to explore the island. Take in the beautiful scenes, and learn about the rich history from your guide. Keep an eye out for local residents, the donkeys and peacocks love to make friends. See the vibrant wildlife while snorkelling in the shallow waters, and feed a frenzy of fish. Top it off with an underwater photoshoot to remember the day forever. Once you've rested up, paddle back to Pula with some treasured memories.

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Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

3. Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

Be collected at your accommodation in Zagreb and drive for approximately three hours to Pula. This is the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The city was founded by an ancient tribe in the 10th century B.C. and it was well known by Greek travelers and sailors so is mentioned in many Greek myths. In the 1st century, the Romans made the city strong and today the vivid remains of this era can be explored. Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world and will take you back in time as you imagine gladiators battles. Other examples of Roman architecture to discover are the Temple of Augustus and the gates to the city including the Arch of the Sergii and the gate of Hercules.  Continue your journey for 45 minutes to Rovinj. This city was also founded by the Istrian tribes. It was built on a small island close to the mainland and in the 18th was connected to it. It was ruled for five centuries by Venice so both the Italian and Croatian languages are spoken in the city. During this period of occupation, walls were built around the city and the remains are standing still today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored because with every step you take you are compelled to take another photograph. Travel another 45 minutes to Porec. The Old Town is almost 2000 years old and is most famous for the Euphrasian Basilica, from 1997. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Notice the roman influence and architecture in the city as you walk through the main streets, still preserved in their original form.

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Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

4. Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Hum is situated in the center of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely welcoming to visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria including the wonderful hill towns of Motovun, Roc, and Bale. Despite the small number of residents, Hum has preserved the ritual of Election of the Prefect for a Year. All the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (Town Hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, Hum has recently become popular for Biska, which a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating in Hum. Every year, at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here and hosts brandy producers from all over Istria.  In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria, Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic, has a crown that is crenulated and dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th-century parish church. In the center square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building when it was built. Many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for finding truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus that grows underground. These white truffles of Istria, which are in season from September to December, are said to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides and Istria’s finest wines including the red Teran and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants serving konobe. The city of Labin is an old medieval town located on a 320-meter hill with the new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artists. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova, there is the Sculpture Par where International Sculptors Symposium have taken place for the past 40 years. In the summer, the old center is taken over by the Art Republic, which is a combination of music, performance, and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor, built in 1587, lead to the old town. There is also a 17th-century tower in the town offering a magnificent view. 

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Cape Kamenjak: Kayak Tour with Cave Experience

5. Cape Kamenjak: Kayak Tour with Cave Experience

In the morning hours you will start your tour by meeting the local partner at their camp base, here you will have an introduction to kayaking, as well as learning about aspects of the sea and the mainland life of this unique Istrian location. Start your kayaking tour with some light paddling and within an hour, you will be rewarded with an exceptional view of the high cliffs which conceal an enclosed oasis. Here, at the deep south of the Istrian Peninsula, you can marvel at Velika Kolombarica. After going through a sea tunnel and entering the cave, you will see a turquoise light shining upon millennial rocks, turning the clear sea into a natural pool. During your kayaking tour you will also have the chance to go snorkelling and explore the blue under water world. Meet the fish living in these interesting depths, and enjoy the beauty of the sea. Here, Istrian nature shows off all of its beauty - truly a sight to behold. Surrounded by both high and low cliffs, adventurers can try their luck in jumping from the rocks, having fun until the kayak tour returns to the camp. On the way back, you will go via the lonely islet of Šekovac, a place that feels like a Summer paradise all year round. Your kayak tour guides will find a secluded peaceful paradise where you can stop to listen to the chirp of crickets, the smell of the sea, and where the sound of waves offers the ambience of a real desert island.

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Cape Kamenjak: Cave and Safari Experience by Kayak

6. Cape Kamenjak: Cave and Safari Experience by Kayak

Explore the breathtaking scenes of Cape Kamenjak on this 5-hour tour. Discover remarkable natural scenery, crystal-clear seas, and picturesque caves. You will spend a total of 2 hours kayaking and 3 hours snorkeling, swimming or relaxing. Departing from the local partner's office, paddle in your kayak to the caves of Big and Small Kolombarica. Spend some time exploring the caves using the snorkel equipment provided. Thrillseekers will have the opportunity to dive into the sea from atop a 15-meter high cliff. Afterward, reenergize with lunch and a drink at the famous Safari Bar before beginning your return journey.

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Rovinj: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

7. Rovinj: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Your tour will begin with Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you can meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the proteus (olm), up close.  From here the tour extends to the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. 

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Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

8. Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

Start the trip from Port Bunarina, and sail around Fratarski Island, Little Frašker Island, and Big Frašker island. As you cruise on the open sea, enjoy the views of Banjole and the Red Cliffs. At the first stop for the day, enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. Explore the underwater world and try to spot a variety of marine species such as sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers, and colorful fish. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch onboard, with fish, meat, and vegetarian options and your choice of drinks. After lunch, continue to the second stop, Kamenjak Cave, which is a perfect spot for cliff jumping and swimming. Or, simply relax on board the boat with a few beers or glasses of wine. Finally, enjoy a panoramic view of the Porer Lighthouse before returning to port in the late afternoon.

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Cape Kamenjak: Sunset Kayak/SUP Wine Tour

9. Cape Kamenjak: Sunset Kayak/SUP Wine Tour

Take full advantage of the perfect formula for a relaxing kayak or stand-up paddle (SUP) tour: sunset, sea, and a clear sky. Paddle through Medulin Bay, along Trumbuja island to the island of Ceja in Istria. The island, generally known for its wild rabbits and clean beaches, also offers panoramic views of the entire Cape Kamenjak. Swim and enjoy the evening sun on your kayak or SUP, or explore the nearby hills of this uninhabited island. Snorkel or swim around the island before returning to the open sea, watching the sun change color and slowly set on the horizon. Enjoy the surreal scenes that unfold in this unique bay along with a glass of champagne or wine. This exceptional experience of Istrian nature, so close to Pula, is intended for everyone. Grab your camera and take stunning sunset photos or sit back with a glass of wine and take in the mesmerizing colors of the Adriatic Sea.

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Pula: Night LED Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

10. Pula: Night LED Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour

The sea and coast of the Pula region are truly unique at any time of the day, but the atmosphere is even more special at night when everything is shrouded in silence and lit by the moon and stars. Throughout this activity you can get rid of any tension whilst gliding along the surface of the sea and enjoying the romantic views of sleeping sailboats. You will begin by picking up the equipment according to your height, weight, and previous experience with stand-up paddling boarding. You will then go through a 10-minute ntroduction at the SUP center where you will cover the theory of basic SUP techniques. When you have covered everything you have learned on land, you will head out on tour around the island and inside of the bay, allowing you to peek into the underwater world in a new and exciting way. All SUP boards are equipped with waterproof LED lights, which create a super cool lighting spectacle beneath them.

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What people are saying about Istria County

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 168 reviews

It was a really nice experience. Our guide was super nice and took a lot of photos and videos of everyone. He let everyone free in for example jumping off the cliffs. He also made sure everyone was okay with kayaking. The cave was beautiful and we had a great time!

The tour was great and well balanced. Our guide Mr. D was very friendly and thoughtful about each participant. We had an awesome time :)

Our guide Tanya was friendly, knowledgeable, and so organized. She drove safely.

Definitely recommend a tour! We enjoyed everything and had a really great time.

Awesome nature and the guide was very helpful and friendly. Thank you!