Istria off the beaten track

Istria off the beaten track – Istria has much more to offer than sea and sun. Tired of crowded beaches, cheap souvenirs, mediocre food and icecream parlors… discover different Istria. Discover Istria off the beaten track. Below you will find Frank’s ideas to help you discover Istria off the beaten track. These are 6 things to do in Istria that are a bit under the radar for non-locals.

Istria off the beaten track: 6 ideas

Truffle hunting

Get your hiking boots and join truffle hunters on their day hunt for truffles in the forests of Central Istria. Truffle hunting tour can be arranged through


Istria Off The Beaten Track: Truffle hunting
Truffles in Istria

Learn fresco painting in Roc
Learn something new while on vacation. Why not to take fresco painting classes in the village Roc in Central Istria. Learn fresco painting technique, and enjoy a unique opportunity to create a fresco on your own. Make an original souvenir and take it with you as a memory of your time in Istria.

Tour Central Istria

Istria Off The Beaten Track: Hilltop towns
Hilltop Towns

Istria is often compared with Tuscany because of its hill top towns, red soil, olive groves and vineyards. Frank read somewhere on the net that Istria is like Tuscany but with color. He kind of liked that expression. Central Istria is full of hidden gems, picturesque villages, pastures, small local eateries serving home made food. Get a good map and start exploring. Find out more about Istrian hilltop villages worth visiting.

Wine roads

Istria Off The Beaten Track: Wine Tours
Wine Roads

Wend through picturesque Istrian villages in a search for a great local wine. Istrian county has marked all the roads leading to Istrian winemakers. Roads are good and distances small. Get yourself a wine road map and start this enjoyable discovery.

Olive oil roads

Istria Off The Beaten Track: Olive Oil Tasting
Olive Oil Tasting

Olive oil roads take you directly from the blues of the Adriatic to the greens of inland Istria. Tour the olive oil producers and taste high quality olive oil. Just follow the green road signs “Olive Oil Road”. All olive oil roads are marked with it, and each one brings you to the door of Istrian olive oil producers.

Cooking tours
Learn centuries old cooking techniques in Volosko. Wake up early, join the fisherman as they sail out in search if a daily catch. Once back a shore, head to local restaurant and learn to cook like a real chef. Restaurants offering this experience are: Le Mandrac in Volosko (t: 385 51 701 357;, Casa Parenzana (t: 385 52 725 100: e-mail: and Goran Zgrablic at

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1 thought on “Istria off the beaten track”

  1. Hi there Frank
    I would really like to find somewhere rural, off the beaten track to stay in Istria in June, just two of us – any ideas?
    Many thanks

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