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Top 5 tourist spots in Istria

1) Pula

Pula is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula, located on the southern tip of the large bay with naturally well-protected harbor. Established more than 3 000 years ago, Pula is one of the most popular tourist and cultural centers. The most valuable monuments include the Triumphal Arch, the Temple of Augustus, Twin Gates, the Roman theater and amphitheater, one of the largest and best preserved in the world and also a major symbol of the city. Different age groups can be entertained in Pula. During the day there is a variety of sports, recreational and adrenalin activities as well as organized trips to neighboring islands, while the nightlife is scattered in dozens of clubs and beach bars. There are a number of annual events, and it is necessary to mention the extraordinary cuisine of restaurants and pizzerias in the city center.

2) Rovinj

Rovinj is one of the most developed Croatian tourist centers as well as an important cultural center of Istria. The City Museum holds the archaeological collection of contemporary Croatian art, exhibitions of paintings along with sculptures and many other exhibits. At the Center for Marine Exploration there is an aquarium that is open to visitors, with an exceptional collection of local flora and fauna. During the summer, there are regularly organized international art exhibitions and colonies. Annual events worth mentioning  are Rovinj Night and the feast of the patron of St. Euphemia, when the open air exhibit of artists' works is held, as well as numerous festivals and regattas. During the summer there are many concerts and live performances, with classical music concerts in the Franciscan monastery, and for those looking for night life, there are many discos, entertainment centers and two casinos.

3) Porec

The most visited destination in Istria has a long historical tradition, evidenced by the numerous cultural attractions such as the UNESCO protected Euphrasian Basilica, North tower, Pentagonal tower, old city walls, Romanesque house and many others. Its old core is a living monument of culture, so it's no wonder that it holds a large number of art galleries and souvenir shops. There is also a local history museum with regional treasures and monuments from all periods of the existence of the city, not to mention the oldest Croatian exhibition of modern art - Porec Annale, in the heart of the old town. Porec is ideal for all types of holiday: it contains numerous restaurants with organized concerts and developed club scene regularly attended the world's most famous DJs. It is possible to enroll in diving school, rent a variety of boats, and have fun in numerous courts for tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer and golf. The nightlife is very developed with many cultural and entertainment events, music festivals, multimedia and acrobatic performances and concerts of classical and jazz music, as well as electronic parties in discotheques.

4) Umag

The picturesque town is situated on the northwestern coast of Istria, and is assumed to have been inhabited since the Neolithic Age. The town has significant galleries Marin and Dante Marino Cetina, and during the year various cultural events and international festivals (chamber theater, literary symposium and the like) are organized. Local festivities last until the early morning hours, and classical music concerts are held in the parish church and at the Liberty Square. The city offers a wide variety of sports such as tennis, water skiing, sailing, fishing, horse riding and all popular activities. Most important, however, is tennis, because the city hosts ATP tournament famous throughout the world and is comprised of over 50 tennis courts. There are also a variety of excursion tours, sightseeing tours, rafting and excursions to nearby natural attractions and neighboring cities. The nightlife is very developed with many festivals of electronic and pop music.

5) Opatija

Today's Opatija was created by connecting several smaller settlements, and was named after the Benedictine monastery, an abbey located by the sea which dates from the 12th century. Proclaimed the first seaside health resort on the Adriatic, it has encouraged the rapid development of tourism. Featured attractions include the Church of St. James and the Annunciation, as well as a statue of "Girl with a seagull" popularly known as Madonna and promenade "Lungo mare" which connects Opatija to Rijeka and Lovran. Every day, numerous manifestations and events are being held, including a large number of exhibitions and galleries, the festival of coffee, flowers, and music festivals. Opatija is the right place for a night out with numerous nightclubs and discos, and there is well known Opatija Summer Stage which hosts many musicians and artists.

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