Vrsar – Romantic town
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Istria is a great choice for property investment in Croatia and is becoming increasingly popular with Norwegians

Istria, the northern county of Istria, is proving increasingly popular with Norwegians. With Norwegian.com flights from Oslo and Bergen into the Istrian airport at Pula from under Eur50 it is inexpensive and easy to get to. Many simply drive down.

The cleanliness, low crime and full range of facilities, combined with amazing scenery, make it a must see destination.

Nothing is expensive in Istria. A beer or a coffee will be at prices you can only dream of at home. Country restaurants offer inexpensive and delicious food, often using ingredients from their own gardens. The agrotourism establishments have to ensure that 80% of what they offer is their own production in order to get an Agrotourism licence.

Imagine meals of Istrian ham, cheese and olives, followed by chicken or beef and vegetables with njoki washed down with wine, all produced within a few metres of where you are sitting ! Even the bread will be home made. Of course there will be some home made rakija, the traditional brandy, to follow! Nearer the coast, restaurants offer a selection of fresh fish, with scallops, crab and lobster in season. Istrian wines, for long drunk only locally, are now appearing outside the country and the wider world is appreciating their excellent quality. Istrian olive oil has been the best for over two thousand years.

The coast is busy, with all the facilities you could wish for. Inland, it is surprisingly tranquil, as the vast majority of tourists never venture inland. The northern part of Istria is the area increasingly tagged, ‘The New Tuscany’, although those with a knowledge of Italy will find more in common with Umbria. The medieval hill towns of Motovun, with an international film festival every July, or the even more amazing Groznjan, which hosts an entirely free three week open air jazz festival for the last two weeks of July and the first week in August, are places that everyone visiting remembers for ever. The scenery inland is stunning.

For those liking sailing, there are ACI marinas in Umag, Rovinj, Pula, Pomer as well as the new marina at Novigrad.

If you like diving, there is lots to see off Vrsar, with several important wrecks.

Cultural monuments abound, from the C6th Euphrasian Basilica at Porec to the Roman Amphitheatre at Pula, where there are regular concerts. See the old walled town of Sv. Lovrec, the castle at Svetvincenat or the abandoned medieval town of Dvigrad. Enjoy the Venetian splendour of Rovinj.

With huge numbers of Istrians speaking English or German, communication is always easy.

Many Norwegians have already bought holiday homes in Istria. They often rent out in high season and come to Istria to make use of them when it is quieter. By renting out, the property can often pay for itself. Stone houses in the inland of Istria are particulary charming and very popular with investors. If you have any questions about property, renting out, construction quality or legal aspects for Norwegians buying here, contact www.croatiapropertyservices.com who have been selling property to foreigners for many years and are very experienced.

The Romans called it Istra Magicka. Come and see why !

Source:  www.guide2croatia.net