Istria - At a glance


Istria at a glance

Country name The Republic of Croatia (Republika Hrvatska)

Region name Istria (Istra)

Location A peninsula at the head of the Adriatic. Bordered by Slovenia to the north and the Kvarner region of Croatia in the northeast

Official language Croatian

Other languages and dialects Italian, Istriot, Istro-Romanian, Venetian

Population of Istria County: 208,440 (2001 census)

Religion Roman Catholic

Župan (equivalent of mayor) Ivan Jakovčić

Main political parties Istarska Demokratska Stranka (IDS), Hrvatska demokratska zajednica (HDZ), Socijaldemokratska partija (SDP)

Regional capital Pazin (population 8,638)

Economic centre Pula (population 57,460)

Other major towns Poreč, Rovinj, Labin, Buzet, Umag

Local government units 41 (ten towns, 31 municipalities)

Area 2,820km²

National parks Brijuni Islands

Nature parks Učka

Nature reserves and other protected areas Rt Kamenjak, Zlatni rt, Limski kanal, Palud

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč

Total length of coast 441km

Airports Two (international airport, Pula; local airfield, Vrsar)

Highest point Vojak (Mount Učka) 1,401m

Time GMT+1

Currency Kuna (HRK); usually written as kn (for up-to-date exchange rates see www.xe.com)

Average net monthly salary €745 (Croatian Bureau of Statistics, 2016)

International telephone code +385 for Croatia, +386 for Slovenia

Electricity 220 volts AC. Sockets are round two-pin.

Local symbols Goat and boškarin ox

National holidays 1 January (New Year’s Day); 6 January (Epiphany); Easter Sunday and Easter Monday; 1 May (Labour Day); Corpus Christi (60 days after Easter Sunday); 22 June (Day of Antifascist Struggle); 25 June (Statehood Day); 5 August (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders); 15 August (Assumption of the Virgin Mary); 8 October (Independence Day); 1 November (All Saints’ Day); 25 and 26 December (Christmas)

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Five reasons to visit Istria

Istria's small size belies its many exceptional attractions and activities. Here are five of our favourites.

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Istria’s hilltop towns

Istria has characterful hilltop towns and villages, which will be a highlight of any visit to the region.

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Tasty Istria

One of the best reasons to visit Istria is the region's outstanding cuisine.

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