With Mini-Moons on the Rise: Idyllic Istria is Ideal for Honeymooners
In this social media age, as weddings get more elaborate and expensive – taking a Mini-Moon is one of this year’s top wedding trends*. Surrounded by crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, white-washed stone architecture and webbed with secret gardens, the Croatian heart-shaped peninsula of Istria is an ideal location for Mini-Mooners to begin their lives together. With only a short haul flight and one-of-a-kind experiences exclusive to this part of the world, whether you’re an adventurer, culture-vulture, gourmand or sun-seeker, Istria offers everything needed for the perfect post-wedding retreat.
For the Romantics: Rovinj
Stretching the west coast of Istria, the entire coastline – with its twenty-two islands – is an area of protected natural heritage, unspoiled and one of the most romantic spots in the Mediterranean. Fall in love all over again in the town of Rovinj; a picturesque fishing town webbed with cobbled streets and historic squares. A stroll through the narrow streets transport travellers back in time, while the local winemakers and olive growers give a taste of authentic Istria.
Stay at Meneghetti Hotel, an elegant country escape 15 minutes drive from Rovinj, and one of only four Relais & Chateaux properties in Croatia. With three pools, a spa, onsite olive oil production and fine dining restaurant, this is an escape for food and nature lovers alike.
For the Nature Lovers: Brijuni Islands
Brijuni is the only national park in Istria, and has archipelago of 14 islands boasting a unique blend of rare, rich and colourful flora and fauna. Newlyweds have the chance to experience the simple and often forgotten charms of nature at its purest - clean air, crystal-clear sea and untouched Mediterranean vegetation. Or, as a day trip, visitors can catch a boat from the fishing village of Fažana to explore this unique part of Croatia.
Stay at boutique Heritage Hotel Chersin, a small and charming property nestled in the old centre of fishing town, Fažana. The 500-year-old building is a mere 100 meters from the beach.
For the History Lovers: Pula
Providing honeymooners with some culture during their stay is Pula; immersing travellers in over 3,000 years of history. Wherever newlyweds venture, they will bear witness to supreme musicals and dramatic spectacles: concerts, ballet or film festivals. Once home to Romans and Venetians, Pula is the largest cultural centre of Istria, boasting numerous monuments, including one of the largest standing amphitheatres in the Roman world; Pula Arena.
Stay at Sensimar Medulin, an adults-only property just steps from the sand, and a short stroll from the town centre of Medulin (10 km from Pula city). The recently refurbished retreat boasts a peaceful environment and stylish interiors.
For the Gourmands: Motovun
Motovun forest is home to the famous Istrian truffle, and the medieval town Motovun with spectacular view from the walls over the Mirna river valley and village Livade, is the ideal destination for couples wanting to indulge in the abundance of gourmet delicacies Istria has to offer. Known for being the only place in the world you can forage both black and white high-quality truffles, visitors of this area are invited to embark on a hunt for the Istrian jewel along with an experienced truffle hunter and their sharp-nosed hounds. Retreat to the kitchen and learn how to prepare a meal with truffles when back home, whilst being served local wine, cheese and truffle-infused dishes.
Stay at Palazzo Angelica, ideal for honeymooners seeking unhurried escapism. The charming countryside villa sits in the foothills of the valley, with Istria’s esteemed delicacies at its doorstep.
For the Sun Worshipers: Poreč
Home to bustling beach clubs, cafes and cocktail bars, Poreč is everything couples looking for a fly-and-flop honeymoon destination could want. With numerous blue flag beaches, couples can relax, sip cocktails and soak up the Istrian sunshine. Those looking for a slice of adventure can kayak, jetski or cycle the coastline, whilst those seeking a beach getaway can simply relax and unwind.
Stay at Valamar Isabella Island Resort, an impressive resort perched on its own private bay. Steps from the seafront, the property is peppered with prime sunbathing spots, restaurants and manicured lawns.
*according to wedding planning website Hitched
For further information on Istria – www.istra.hr/en