Istria, a beautiful peninsula in western Croatia, is an idyllic holiday destination. Notable for its glimmering turquoise beaches and ancient Roman ruins, this region has a lot to offer foodies, history buffs and beach bums in equal measure. Sharing a border with Italy, a delicious Italian culinary influence is evident in the savoury fare served up in restaurants; charming quaint medieval villages dot the county’s interior, and also definitely warrant a visit.
Nestled just south of the Istrian coast, the pine forested island of Losinj is a beautiful setting for a classic wellness getaway. Located in the north Adriatic in Croatia, Losinj offers traditional Mediterranean idyll, surrounded by crystal clear waters, dotted with attractive old towns and ports, and benefits from a particularly pleasant microclimate.
Claimed to be Croatia’s best-kept secret, the island’s main town, Mali Losinj, is a magnet for holiday-makers in the know, as it specialises in restorative, feel-good therapeutic holidays. Losinj’s association with wellbeing can be traced back to the 19th century, when a reputable scientist declared Mali Losinj to be the healthiest spot in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
As part of the Cres-Losinj archipelago, there is a multitude of quiet coves, beautiful fishing-hamlets and empty beaches to explore, and with one of the most beautiful harbours in the Adriatic, Losinj’s dedication to wellness makes it a truly wonderful destination.
Krk is the largest island in the Adriatic and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Krk has a diverse landscape, encompassing barren cliffs and lush forest and Krk Town is very historic; glimpses of its Roman past can still be found in its ancient city walls.
Rab is among the most beautiful of the Kvarner Gulf’s islands, with fringes of golden sand giving way to an interior thickly covered with forest; the island is home to one of the last oak forests left in the Mediterranean. The medieval Rab Town is a picturesque sight, its four bell towers rising above the red roofs like the masts of a ship.