Istria beaches, glorious Blue Flag destinations for your best beach holiday

Why Istria Beaches for a sunny summer holiday resort?

Somewhere just a bit different?

Swim in warm, crystal clear water?

Over 400km of coast and 200 beaches – this is the hidden corner of Europe that is Istria beaches.

Ancient walled towns, narrow streets winding past honey-coloured stone cottages, red tile roofs, palaces from the Venice Republic, the faded grandeur of the Hapsburgs –what was the Austrian Riviera.

Istria, Croatia

Istria, Slovenia

And it's all here, from Roman amphitheatres to casinos and foam parties – coastal towns, some bigger, some smaller, all with one thing in common, access to clean Blue Flag best beaches and the striking blue Adriatic.

From busy ports such as Trieste, Koper and Pula to the smaller harbours of Piran and Umag, short passages make for idyllic sailing holidays, or for boat-owners, perhaps even a permament berth?

Sailing in the Bay of Piran

Sailing schools, motor boat rental, yacht charter, bareboat and flotilla sailing are based in the many well-equiped marinas.

Crystal clear waters means good visibility, add in a wide variety of spectacular dive sites on reefs and wrecks, make for a great venue for sports divers, kit hire, and PADI courses are available.

Last word on sport ... tennis, volleyball, football, table-tennis are all well catered for, early starts are recommended to avoid the afternoon heat!

Topless bathing is not compulsory, but is certainly widely practised. Away from the town beaches, in both more remote coves and dedicated naturist resorts the beaches of Istria are the place to get that all-over tan.

Istria can boast the home of Europe's first commercial naturist resort, a secure complex with 5km of nudist beach area.

Nude bathing comes with Royal approval, in 1936 King Edward VIII and his future wife, Wallis Simpson, went skinny-dipping in the Adriatic.

Modern purpose-built Spas offering pure relaxation breaks, cosmetic and theraputic treatments augment long-established Spa resorts, with their traditional treatments.

romantic evening sunset over the Adriatic

From campsites to Istria Hotels, from gelato to truffles, from kitesurfing to Adriatic cruises, let's look at Istria beaches from Trieste in Italy around the peninsula to Opatija in Croatia.

All this with easy road, rail and ferry links, plus direct flights to a selection of local resort airports from all major European and Scandinavian airports to get to the beaches of Istria.

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