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.
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
For those who are not familiar with Virtuoso, it is nothing more nothing less than a huge network of the best luxury travel agencies, with more than 17,500 advisors worldwide.
Virtuoso releases a luxury european tour report every year, in which displays what the travelers seek when looking for a perfect holiday destination. The report for this year, revealed that people are looking for pristine, unique and less-known destinations to visit.
In 2018, Croatia featured on the second place on list of top emerging destination, amongst Japan, Portugal, Cuba and Iceland.
If you think of Croatia, you instantly might think of the popular spots such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split and Rovinj. Although those regions are espectacular and have plenty to offer, the uniqueness and authenticity of destinations that are still not very explored and overcrowded are attracting the attention of tourists.
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.
People coming from all parts of the world get impressed by the stunning and nearly untouched beauty of Croatia. This attributes surely bring people looking for a perfect holiday destination, in which case Croatia fulfills this requirement, but also impresses and attracts entrepreneurs and investments. Recently, around the 15th of October, The Croatian Employer’s Association organised a couple of meeting with the US delegation.
The delegation included outstanding guests
This delegation brought along Jeffory Blackard, who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blackard Global, Inc. A company that is the first firm in the world to advocate for the creation of modern-day villages. Before developing moder-day villages, Blackard Global, Inc developed over two billion dollars worth of real estate of varying kinds.
Jeffory Blackard is responsible for the completion of over 30 Master Planned Communities and 15,000 single family home sites. With almost 40 years experience, during various developments, he had his first experience with the country of Croatia.
A huge loan designated to real estate Croatia is ahead, and coming from The World Bank Group. For the ones who don’t know The World Bank Group, it is nothing more nothing less than the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Their intention and commitment is to reduce poverty, increase shared prosperity, and promote sustainable development. And the Country now on their table is Croatia.
19.7 million euros on its way to Croatia
An incredible amount of 19.7 million euros to develop, ease and improve the Administration System Project. The advance is clearly on the days of waiting at Land Registry Offices that decreased by 75% from 46 to 12 days, for mortgages and property transactions, and also on the Cadasters Offices, decreasing by around 33% from 30 to only 8 days.
But it has been coming this way since 2016
Long ago in November 2016, a system called Joint Information System was implemented, it is easy, completely accesible and modern, so people can register online with their personal details, instead of the going through the painful experience of having to go to a public office.
You will find that plenty of the real estate Croatia opportunities are located in the overcrowded cities. And, if you have done some initial research on real estate investment opportunities, you will most definitely have heard of Njuškalo, the main and most known portal in Croatia.
This month, Njuškalo held a conference in Zagreb which the subjects approached were tourism, being the main industry in the country, combined with real estate investing. Together they have created a market with huge potential and definitely worthy of investing in.
During the conference, Robert Pakrovac, from Estre, one of the top banks in Croatia, said “ We’re an open book on which other sectors such as tourism, and ultimately the retirement of people in Croatia, lean on”
It is common to find real estate prices in overcrowded areas higher than in other locations. Due to the simple fact that there is more demand for these real estates. This is because many of these areas are popular destinations for both tourists and first time buyers who are less knowledgeable on Croatia and the real estate market.
However, recently more and more tourist and first time buyers are looking away from these popular areas and are in search for authenticity, privacy and unique experiences. These can be found in the lesser known regions of Croatia.
If you are planning on investing in Croatia, in an specific sector, for example real estate, it is important to know beforehand, what is the investment scene of the country you are aiming for.
It is not news that the main industry and sector that receives more investments currently in Croatia is tourism, showing amazing numbers that constantly increase yearly. For that reason, plenty of investments are moving towards Croatia’s tourism. However, the country is aware of other sectors that are growing interest for large amounts of investments, for example:
DAMAC was the first real estate company from the Middle East to list on the London Stock Exchange and they raised 379 million US dollar in the form of an IPO.
Valamar, a large investment group that operates in Croatia, plans to invest 2 more billion kunas by 2020 in real estate in Croatia, being 95 mln only in 2018.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has set up a 11 billion dollars fund to invest in Central and Eastern Europe. If you fit this money in a room it would probably reach the ceiling.
Currently the fund invests in projects in Poland, however the fund has already contacted the Croatian government with a request of presenting them some companies to invest in or projects.
Davis Cup – originally known as International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy -, is the main and biggest international tennis tournament in the sports scene. It attracts tennis players from all over the globe, giving them the unique opportunity to represent and play for their homeland.
How did the tournament start?
With Davis Dwight, born in 1879, as well as serving as Secretary of War was also an incredible athlete. In 1899, Davis, in partnership with others, proposed the idea of an international tennis competition.
In 1900, he then bought a trophy dedicated to the winner of the first contest, the international championship was then founded. The first contest worth the trophy was a match between USA and British Isles, that took place in the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston.
Croatia is the emerging star of Europe, with its beautiful scenic landscapes, natural resources and picturesque tows, it serves as a perfect set for filming and big productions.
Apart from Game of Thrones Croatia, the country has been stage for big productions such as, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Hobin Hood: Origins the upcoming James Bond and Mamma Mia 2 which had its premiere in the Pula Amphitheatre on Saturday, the 21st of July 2018.
Other than Game of Thrones Croatia has also starred some very important names like, Daniel Moder, decided to film his piece “Ibiza” not in Spain but on the island of Pag nearby Zadar, Tom Hanks “Money Games” on the breathtaking island of Hvar and the movie “Venuto al mondo” with Penélope Cruz.
A mediterranean lifestyle is what most people should aim for. But why is that? The Mediterranean diet and active life is a healthy and pleasant way of living.
The proof that mediterranean lifestyle and diet is so healthy, is in the fact that mediterranean countries have amongst the highest life expectancies in the world.