About Istria

With charming coastal towns bathed by the sun and lovely old hamlets overlooking the green hills and valleys, the Istrian peninsula offers best of both worlds: the warm Mediterranean and the shadowy forest expanse of the inland.
Located in the Western part of Croatia and walking the fine line between Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian influences, Istria boasts the diverse cultural heritage as well as varied landscapes. Terra magica, as it was called in Roman times, includes everything from one of the best preserved amphitheaters, Arena in Pula, over the smallest city in the world called Hum, to the only fjord resembling structure in continental Europe, Limski kanal. Often referred to as ‘Croatian Tuscany’, the region provides a wide range of gourmet delicacies such as fine wines, olive oil, a special local kind of brandy made from mistletoe and truffles, which are found growing in abundance throughout the woods in central Istria.


Istria, 52207, Belavići, Croatia

Watch Movie about Croatian Vampire Jure Grando

Did you know that Croatia notes the first official mentioning of vampiric being? Between 16th and 17th century, the Istrian village of Kringa was home to individual called Jure Grando, who seemed to be associated with vampirism. The tale has inspired many art pieces, including the recent movie about Croatian vampire called Jure Grando, Strigun from Kringa. The word ‘strigun’ is used to describe vampires in Istrian dialect, especially those that share crafts with warlocks. Interestingly enough, the case of Grando received attention from scientists of the time, and many deemed this Croat as genuine undead being. From what is known, Jure would exit his casket on the cemetery and terrorize villagers of Kringa every night.  His widow even claimed…

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Located in the continental heart of Istria region, Konoba Danijeli can be found about one kilometer away from Kringa village.…