ISTRIA COUNTY
Regional Image of Credit: Ivo PervanCredit: Ivo Pervan

Istria was named after the Illyrian tribe of Histri. It is said that they came to these areas because of water, settling in the regions from the Timava River to Mount Učka and the Raša River .

From times immemorial because of its strategic position as the exit to the Mediterranean from Central Europe, numerous invaders tried to conquer Istria leaving traces of their civilisations not only throughout Europe, but throughout Istria as well. It can be said that all European history "walked" on the grounds of Istria through the contact of three European civilizations – Roman, German and Slavic. 200,000 people now live in Istra, with Pazin, with its 9,000 inhabitants, as its administrative centre.

Pula has 82 000 inhabitant.

Istria is the largest green oasis of the North Adriatic. The coast and the islands are covered with pine woods and easily recognizable green macchia. The main specimens of macchia are holm oak and strawberry trees. 35% Istria is covered with forests.

Regional Image of Credit: Ivo PervanCredit: Ivo Pervan

The climate is a mild, Mediterranean climate (warm and dry summers, mild and pleasant winters) with a daily average of 10 hours of sunshine in Istrian seaside resorts. Characteristic winds are "bura" (wind blowing from the north to the south, bringing clear weather), "jugo" (south, warm wind bringing rain) and "maestral" (summer breeze blowing from the land to the sea) .

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