What to do in Istria when it rains
Even the sunniest countries sometimes get rain, but the good news is that if you’re on holiday in Croatia, there’s still plenty to do if the heavens open. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Istria when it rains.
1. Take a day trip to Venice
Wondering what to do in Istria when it rains? Why not flee the country (temporarily!) with a day trip to Venice! You can take a ferry with Venezia Lines from numerous ports in Istria direct to beautiful Venice ready for a day of exploring this atmospheric city. From visiting famous landmarks such as St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge to simply getting lost in the city’s maze of canals, it’s the perfect escape from the rain.
2. Visit Pula’s olive oil museum
The Museum of Olive Oil in Pula is a delightful rainy day activity. Dedicated to the olive tree – symbol of the Mediterranean – it tells you all about the history of olive oil in Istria. Istrian olive oil is considered to be some of the finest in the world, and at this fascinating museum you’ll be able to put this claim to the test by tasting some olive oil in the company of an expert.
3. Visit the Basilica Eufrasiana in Porec
Another of our favourite things to do in Istria when it rains is to visit the spectacular Basilica Eufrasiana in Porec. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it dates from the 4th century and it’s the most complete surviving complex of Byzantine religious buildings of its type. Its impressive 6th century mosaics are a sight to behold, whatever the weather is doing outside.
4. Explore the Baredine Cave
As Istria’s indoor activities go, you can’t do much better than exploring the incredible Baredine Cave. Marvel at its stalactites and stalagmites on a well-lit 40-minute guided tour that will also take you to an underground lake. Open to the public since 1995, this unique cave system is home to an unusual cave-dwelling salamander called the cave olm, so keep your eyes peeled.
5. Visit the Pula Aquarium
Finally, Pula’s wonderful Aquarium is sure to delight all the family on a rainy day in Istria. Housed in the 130-year-old Verudela fortress, it’s home to a huge assortment of marine life from the Adriatic, along with other freshwater species from Croatia’s many rivers and lakes. You might even find a sea turtle or two…