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A Guide To The Best Hotels in Istria
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A Guide To The Best Hotels in Istria

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Located in the northwest corner of Croatia just south of Italy’s Trieste, Istria is the Adriatic’s largest heart-shaped peninsula, well-known for its rich culture. Although the coastal resorts are beloved by sun and sea lovers, the inland is equally charming thanks to the peaceful hilltop villages, the unspoiled landscapes and the delicious cuisine. Since a perfect trip needs a perfect stay, take a look at our guide with the best hotels for your next visit to the region.
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Casa Matiki

Designed and built just like an old typical Istrian stone house with lovely wooden details, this is the ideal place to be based for the ultimate exploration of the region. Encircled by a wonderful lavender garden, Casa Matiki looks like a farmhouse with a rustic feeling. The only problem you will face is whether to wander and enjoy the nearby beauties or spend a restful day and enjoy the hospitality and culinary masterpieces of Mrs. Sonja.

Address & telephone number: Matiki 14, Zminj, +385 98 299 040

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Spreading among vineyards and olive groves, this luxurious Wine Hotel and Restaurant is heaven on Earth. Meneghetti is not only known for its rustic aesthetic mixed with modern amenities and elegant decoration, but for the stunning views it offers. Don’t miss the chance to sample some healthy, exceptional Mediterranean creations and top off your gastronomic experience with a glass of Meneghetti wine.

Address & telephone number: Stancija Meneghetti 1, Bale, +385 52 528 800

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Casa M

On the eastern coast of Istria, where green hills meet the sea and nature becomes one with heritage, you will find Rabac and Labin. Casa M is located above the bay featuring four-star elegant apartments with spacious balconies that overlook the Adriatic Sea.

Address & telephone number: Lošinjska 29, Rabac, +385 91 935 7848

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Casale Bed and Breakfast

Perfectly located right in the middle of Rovinj’s historic center and housed in a traditional building, Casale Bed and Breakfast offers stylishly decorated studios mixing both modern and antique items. No matter how high your expectations are, the lovely hospitable owners will make everything exceed them.

Address & telephone number: Casale 2, Rovinj, +385 91 601 6784

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Draga di Lovrana

Set amidst lush hills in the Učka Nature Park, this hotel overlooks the popular Medveja Beach and the islands of Krk and Cres. Open your window and greet the sea and the mountain before indulging in one of the several amenities like the large Jacuzzi. Draga di Lovrana awaits you in a spectacular location with breathtaking views in all directions for a memorable stay.

Address & telephone number: Cesta za Lovransku Dragu 1, Lovran, +385 51 294 166

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Lazzarini-Battiala Palace

Sveti Martin is a picturesque village in the eastern part of Istria above the river Raša canyon. Lazzarini-Battiala Palace, once property of the last Labin landlord, has been restored as one of the most bewitching countryside buildings, offering accommodation in six apartments, an amazing wine-cellar and an idyllic atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Address & telephone number: Sveti Martin Kort 33, Sveta Nedelja, +38 0951986122

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B&B Nostromo

Along the west coast of the peninsula, a delightful pet-friendly bed and breakfast is to be found. Nostromo is ideal both for bikers and sea lovers. Before you leave, make sure to visit Dinopark; children will definitely love it.

Address & telephone number: Funtana, Karlovačka, +32 473 93 43 00

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Vila Muzika

This restored Mediterranean villa located between two big cedar trees used to be a residence of the Trieste sailor Richard Stefani who built it so that each of its four corners corresponds to a point of the compass. So get oriented and find your way to Vila Muzika. Respecting the space and giving the house an opportunity to express its power in a new way, each apartment is named according to the color that matches its predominant energy. Escape your daily routine, smell the sea, listen to the waves and spend some time in the lovely garden to reconnect with nature in the most enjoyable ways.

Address & telephone number: Ulica Zatišje 4, Bašanija, +385 91 515 6823

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Villa Herak

Located in a peaceful downtown area of Poreč and surrounded by lush greenery, Villa Herak is a haven of relaxation. After visiting the UNESCO-protected Euphrasian Basilica, swimming in the clear blue waters and exploring the vibrant nightlife, restore your lost energy in this lovely hotel.

Address & telephone number: Prvomajska 1, Poreč, +38052 438 891

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B&B al Merlo Olivo

A traditional stone house surrounded by olive trees and a vegetable garden in the peaceful village of Krasica is transformed into a renovated bed and breakfast. Al Merlo Olivo is within 11 kilometers from the Slovenian border, less than three kilometers from Grožnjan, a typical small town known for its developed art scene and five kilometers from Buje, while Motovun is at a distance of 15 kilometers. The nearby Parenzana Mountain Bike Trail makes it ideal both for a relaxing spot and a starting point of your sports adventures.

Address & telephone number: Gardoši 47, Krasica, Gardossi, +385 98 997 6290