The magic of colours and fragrances under the patina of tradition

Istria is something one looks at, inhales, smells, listens to and feels – those who live there are rediscovering and experiencing it every day; those who are not acquainted with it yet are dreaming and fantasising about it and those who have visited it at least once are always coming back to it.

Not in vain did the Romans, on their quests, ardently want to appropriate this small part of Paradise, immersed into the Adriatic on its three sides, nor did they, just by chance, name this pearl of the Old Continent “Terra Magica” as long as two millenniums ago. Those who have, at least once, stepped across Učka and Ćićarija, the mountains which separate Istria from the rest of the continent, will also know why. So many diversities in a single place, yet so close and in passing! Wherever you happen to be on this peninsula, each of the points you want to visit next is one hour away by car at most, while the travel to that point itself represents a kind of unique enjoyment, discovery and adventure. Should you wander into any of almost three thousand places or locations with names that are difficult to remember, you will come across a new story. Some of them firmly rely on historical facts, while others are nothing but ancient legends or humorous folk anecdotes – still, regardless of the reliability of their sources, they are all equally interesting and beautiful. This is why it is ever so hard to tell just one of them, as that simply would not be fair towards the rest of them, nor would it be fair towards the whole of Istria. To make room for all the stories "Terra Magica" hides, however, is especially impossible, as a whole lifetime would maybe not be enough to tell each one of them!

This is why it is better to experience Istria. Because Istria is something one looks at, but it is also something one inhales, smells, listens to and feels. Those who live there are rediscovering and experiencing it every day; those who are not acquainted with it yet, are dreaming and fantasising about it and those who have visited it at least once are always coming back to it. A step into Istria is a step into a new life experience and each journey to the destination through colourful landscapes writes new lines in the book of life.

Woven in white stone, façades adorned with lively colours, filled with murmurs and life, proud of their past - in that collection of stories, Istrian small towns are still the most beautifully written chapters. It is hard to say whether those small towns, perched on hilltops or those hugged by the sea, are more magic. You should visit both of them, certainly on several occasions, collecting your impressions in the thick shade of an old hackberry tree, with a glass or two of chilled Malvazija or Muscat and, finally, ask for the decision of someone who would provide the best answer to that question – your heart!