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Written by
Justin McDonnell

It's hard to overstate the magic of Istria. Sandwiched between Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, legions of artists and writers have drawn inspiration from this beautiful peninsula, defined by its mist-shrouded hilltops and rugged beaches. A mash-up of Balkan and Italian influences, you'll see it everywhere from the buildings you visit to the food on your plate. Istria always looks outwards – whether it's stargazing or hosting world-famous music festivals, this is the Croatian coast at its most bohemian.

Discover everything Istria has to offer in our 160-page guide, packed with essential information and insider's knowledge.

You can buy the magazine at Tisak and iNovine in Croatia or at our distributors in the UK. The free digital edition is also available for download now.

From gourmet food fests to international techno parties, summer in Istria is stuffed with great events. Don't miss a thing with our comprehensive event calendar.

Uncover the history of Istria in ten remarkable buildings, from swish new hotels to Roman ruins. We also blaze Istria's literary trail and look through the telescope with famed astrologer Korado Korlević.

The Istrian summer is defined by world-conquering music festivals. We look at the history of music festivals in Istria and recommend five of the best.

Cult designers, artisan producers and internationally-recognised olive oil and truffles; shoppers are spoilt for choice in Istria. We pick the beautiful products you should chuck into your shopping trolley.

Feast your eyes on the most scrumptious food Istria has to offer as we take a tour of the region in ten incredible dishes.

Learn the difference between floral whites and earthy reds in our Istrian wine section.

Take a tour of Istria's famous olive oil routes with our expert guide to the region's liquid gold.

Discover Istria's hilltop towns, see the region by bicycle and find fun tips for travelling with kids.

Read our pick of the best bars, restaurants, shops, clubs and hotels in Istria. Our critics review hundreds of venues - independently, of course - so you don't have to.

(You can buy the magazine at Tisak, iNovine and selected distributors. Don’t worry if you’re not in Croatia; the digital edition is also available for download now.)

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