Explore Istria Through Wine

Take a scenic drive to explore Istria and you will be met by rolling hills of lush green vineyards. Even if you are not a wine connoisseur you will be enchanted with the picturesque landscape. There are countless opportunities to taste the varieties of wines, grappas and brandies produced in Istria.

Taste Istrian wine at a festival or winery

An excellent way to discover the quaint towns in Istria is to attend a local festival, join a wine walk, or tour a winery. Seaways villas are located near many of the Istrian wine festivals and local wineries. Take home a souvenir glass from a festival in Svetvinčenat, Rovinj, Barban, Motovun or Labin to name just a few. Choose your favorites and visit the winery to learn about the growing and production of the grapes. Official tourist website of the Istria Tourist Board (istra.hr)

Wine events throughout the year

There are countless festivities featuring Istrian wine and food. Visit the northeast part of the region and take a train to visit 3 wineries Novigrad-Cittanova Wine Trail | Calendar of events in Istria (istra.hr). In late summer, during the harvest, take part in the ritual and volunteer to pick grapes. On November 11 join locals of Svt. Martin to honor the patron saint of winemakers, Saint Martin. In May explore northern Istria at the Buje Wine and Walk event. And don’t miss the last Sunday in May, Open wine cellar day in Motovun, where the town is overflowing with wine.

Vinistria recognizes top Istrian wines

One of the best opportunities to try a variety of locally produced wines is at a Vinistra event. The 27th Vinistra festival was held in Poreč’s Peškera Bay on 18-20 June. Each year they bring together over 100 Istrian wine producers to promote, judge, and recognize their outstanding quality and production. Discover the award winning native varieties such as Malvasia, Teran, Pinot, Merlot, Moscato, and Moscato rose.

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Bike through the vineyards of Istria

Late summer is an excellent time to plan a bike voyage through the vineyards of Istria. The grapes will be ready for harvest and the sun will be mild. Join the nearby winery bike ride on 23rd October in Svetvinčenat. The Istrian tourism board has mapped out trails for cars and bikes throughout the region with signs along the road. ISTRIA BIKE – the official site | Home Page (istria-bike.com)

Relax and enjoy an Istrian wine

Relax by the pool and enjoy a glass of Malvasia wine, Istrian cheese, and local smoked pršut ham. Come stay at Seaways villas with family and friends this fall at Infinity pool villa San Amore – Villa in Divšići (seawaysvillas.com). The weather in fall is usually quite pleasant and our pools are heated accordingly. Escape the winter and enjoy the Mediterranean climate and cuisine.

Choose from any Seaways Villas. Contact us for availability and discounted off-season prices.

Cheers, Ingrid Buic


Food lovers, your next destination is Istria Gourmet Festival!

If you are familiar with Istria, you are familiar with the variety of incredible and fresh ingredients, such as olives, olive oil, truffles, wine, prosciutto and seafood. And, if you are not familiar then you are really missing out on one of the top gourmet destinations in Europe.

Because Croatian ingredients and products are not really mass produced, it is quite rare to find exported goods from Croatia available in the supermarkets and shops of other countries. For that,  you should definitely spend some time in Croatia, and during this visit, you better be hungry.


Food lovers will love Istria!


Istria is famous for having great and high class cuisine, with the fresh and tasty seafood of the coast, together with the hearty meat-based fare of Central Europe.

Depending on the time of the year you decide to visit Istria, you can get served a fresh Scampi Buzara dish, some prosciutto (pršut), or asparagus risotto, even some traditional Istrian pasta fuži or pljukanci with black or white truffle, fish or shrimps with white truffle, steak with grated truffle, truffle ice-cream, chocolate cake with olive oil and truffles…and this delicious list goes on.





Istria: Tourism arrivals in August!

Over 1 million tourists arrived in Istria in August 2018, generating 8.5 million overnight stays all over the peninsula

The region of Marčana in Istria, where Candy Brick villas are located, had an increase of 9% arrivals in comparison to August 2017. This generated an impressive 5,000 more overnight stays. These numbers keep increasing over the years.

The good news about these numbers are that they show the region of Istria is attracting an incredibly large amount of tourists. This is impressive considering that there are only 208 thousand inhabitants in an area of just 2,813 km².

Istria is divided into 10 officially designated cities and 31 rural municipalities. During the summer peaks, it can get overcrowded and lack of options for accommodation creating more opportunity for rentals.



Tourism in Istria: New record in May!

The statistics keep rising and showing that Istria is a prosper destination to invest in.


The reliable source found in Istria Tourist Board website, shows that Candy Brick chose the perfect location to initiate its project, the Candy Brick villas in Matelici, Marcana. 


The data is analysed monthly. The months are compared in relation to last year’s, between May 2017 and May 2018.


The figures show, the amount of tourists that decided to choose Istria as their holiday destination, and how long their staying in the region lasted.  


Based on those numbers shown, we can observe that more people are arriving to Istria, and those people are also staying much longer than they used to.


According to the table above, there was an increase of 33% of total arrivals, and the overwhelming total increase of the overnight stays by 1.1 million more than last year!


Istria is a prosper investment destination, but in particular, Marcana!


Another interesting factor, is that Marcana, where the modern Candy Brick villas are situated; in Matelici plot to be more specific, had the overnight stays increased by more than 100%, and the number of arrivals comparing to last year, increased by 300%!!! That is an incredible amount increase.


If we take as Marcana as a comparison to the other areas that received more tourists, we can notice that none of them had the same increase, not even close to 300%.


But why are high value tourists staying in villages like Marcana, and not the Central main areas?


As the great majority of the people that come to Istria, are from countries within a driving distance, for example; from Austria the driving distance takes only 5 hours. If a German tourist decides to leave, from the south region of Germany, for example Munich, to Istria, he or she will spend 6 hours and a half to drive the distance of 582 km. Those higher numbers are due to the area Istria is located.


The main and most known areas are becoming too overcrowded, there is too many people for not so much capacity of receiving those people. 


The facility that tourists have to drive to Istria, is affecting and increasing the number of people that don’t necessarily have to stay in central areas. Therefore, there is no urge of staying in an area of easy access to public transport, for example.


Let’s take Marcana as an example again. The driving distance from Candy Brick Villas in Matelici to Pula, is 20 minutes, probably shorter than the period you would wait for a public transport to pass by, which makes the location of the villas really accessible to drive to the city or the sea if you wish.


There is also the factor of a high value tourist’s profile, the privacy of staying little bit further from main areas, in small villages and towns around, is much more unique and appealingA luscious property, right in between the city and the sea,  and not in a popular area is what they look for.


The Istrian culture is particular also.


The richness of the flavours in Istrian cuisine is unique. Olive oil, sea food and truffles are also things that high value tourists look for. Istria has got it, and in great quantities.




But, where do they come from?


Another interesting data that the Istria Tourist board website offers, is the tourists country of origin.


Istria is rising interest from a lot of countries. Even their own nationals are getting more attracted, and interested in the region. 8% of Croatians from other areas flocked to Istria in May 2018. Fourteen thousand new arrivals comparing to May 2017.


Austria for example, had 158 thousand residents that visited Istria this years generating 545 thousand overnight stays, is an exceptional number of tourists an average of more or less 3.4 overnight stays per person. Austria is responsible for 15% of the overall amount of tourists that visit Istria monthly. 


Germany is the greater responsible for the amount of tourists visiting stria, 33.22% to be more precise.  What is impressive about their numbers is not the amount of arrivals, but the amount of overnight stays generated with those arrivals, a total of  over 1 million overnight stays 100% increase. The average period of staying is 6.2 nights per individual.


Having in mind that the whole Istria population amount is 206.344, all of those numbers are impressive and they keep rising.


Candy Brick will attract tourists, development, bring investors and quality to Istria!


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