one week istria croatia

How to spend one perfect week in Istria Croatia? Istria in Croatia offers so many amazing things, it is hard to do all of them even though you have a week for it.

I travel to Istria Croatia many times each year, so I will include some of my favorite and interesting things to do in Istria in this travel itinerary for which your own transport is needed. You can rent a car here.

Amazing one week Istria Croatia travel itinerary

Day 1 in Istria Croatia

Let’s start the whole (weekend) experience in Istria Croatia in the most amazing, charming and beautiful coastal town Rovinj. The town is actually so eye-catching it deserves one full day to wander around, getting lost in its narrow and cobbled stone streets, sitting in cafes and watching the hustle and bustle go by.

Stay the night in one of its hotels, where you can reach the old town on foot to avoid looking and paying for parking.

Hotel recommendation
  • Family Hotel Amarin (perfect for families with lots of things going on for kids. The only problem is that your kids and you will want to stay here longer)
  • Grand Park Hotel Rovinj (a luxury hotel, perfect for couples who wants the best for them. It is 15 minutes on foot from  Rovinj old town).

Day 2 in Istria Croatia

After breakfast head out to the Lim channel (Limski kanal). Some call it a fjord, even though it is not a real fjord, but it looks and feels like it.

Park your car at the end of the road and attend a boat trip to see the beauties of the area. Great views from the boat. There are good sea-food reastaurant too if you want to stay for lunch.

Continue your exploration of Istria Croatia and drive up to another coastal town Poreč. Settle in in your hotel and take a stroll around its old town in the afternoon/ evening.

Hotel recommendation
  • Hotel Parentium Plava Laguna (4* hotel with just 50 meteres from the beach, offering a spa, inner and outdoor pools and is not far from the city center either)
  • Lanterna Premium Camping Resort by Valamar (one of the biggest camping grounds in Croatia with its own water-park and is perfect for everyone wanting to spend their night in a more relax-outdoor vibe)

Day 3 in Istria Croatia

Today is the time for my personal favourite Istrian town Grožnjan. A charming, small, old Venetian town is now full of artistic vibes. There is even a jazz festival in the summer here, which always attracts many people for a good reason.

Before lunch, stop at the local Winery Kozlović and book yourself the wine tasting. You can even add some local cheese, salami to accommodate the wines. Due to the amazing views over the vineyards from its terrace this is the perfect brunch setting for sure.

Continue your roadtrip around Istria Croatia as your next stop is hardly known to anyone and I have just found it myself recently too. It is the Istrian desert near the village of Šterna. The hilly countryside made out of marl is spectacular.

The roadtrip will pass Livade – most famous for truffles, what makes it the best possible stop for lunch. Try some local specialities for which your tastebuds will be greateful for.

You will end your day in Motovun – another gorgeous little town, set literally on the hill, which offers great views during your exploration.

Hotel recommendation
  • Villa Borgo B&B (if you want to stay in the heart of the town, this is the place to be).
  • There are also many individual villas / rooms available close by, some even have its own pool. Check them out here.

Day 4 in Istria Croatia

It is time for another Istrian town – Pazin, which offers full of history, great views and also fun for all the adventurous enthusiasts (try the zip-line).

Not far from Pazin, there is also a gorgeous waterfall Sopot under which you can even take a stroll (water is very cold though). You can read more about Pazin and Sopot waterfall here.

Your last day will end in Rovinj again. But you can always longer your stay, add some water parks, towns, beaches, cycling paths and you can easily spend more than a week in Istria Croatia.

Getting to know Istria in Croatia is always fun, as there are new things to do and see even if you are keep coming back. Some enjoy Istria so much, they are keep coming back for their summer holidays and adding new places to their travel itineraries all the time.

If you enjoy your summer holidays with friends, another great option for accommodation is renting an individual house Villa Luna, near Umag, which is great base for making daily trips (towns water parks, countryside, cycling paths) or just enjoying free time around the pool, BBQ and kids playing area.