This is why you should take a solo trip to Istria this summer…

Natasha Legge | 25th July 2019

With a rich variety of tours and excursions, whether it be unearthing ancient Roman architecture, discovering the ramparts of Rovinj or hunting for truffles, Istria offers a host of experiences that can be savoured solo.


Travellers exploring the heart-shaped peninsula have the freedom to curate their own itinerary – deemed one of the top reasons to travel alone – whether you are an adventurer, culture-vulture, gourmand or sun-seeker.


Walk Through History


Curated for solo travellers, there are numerous tours, activities and group experiences on offer across Istria. For those wanting to discover as much of the culture-rich region as possible, there are various walking tours available; roam around the peninsula’s most iconic cities- Rovinj, Pula and Pore? accompanied by an experienced tour guide, guaranteed to showcase the lesser-known beauty spots. Walking tours are a great way to immerse in local culture, spend some ‘me time’ to unwind and reflect, all while taking in the breathtaking views.



Hunt for Treasured Truffles


Foodies can join the Karli? family on the hunt for the region’s most treasured culinary delight. Follow their sharp-nosed hounds into the depths of the Motovun forest in the hope of digging up a truffle or two, then head back to the family kitchen to incorporate the Istrian delicacy into a variety of tasty dishes. Solo travellers can book as part of a wider itinerary or join one of several daily truffle hunts with a group of like-minded truffle-lovers.




Indulge in Culture


Those looking to learn the twists and tales of Istrian history – while experiencing the very best of the peninsula’s cuisine – should indulge in the Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience.


Accompanied by a local guide, taste your way through the tiny town of Hum – officially the smallest town in the world with only 30 residents and beautiful cobbled streets – visit the ancient walled city of Motovun and the hilltop village of Groznjan, with pitstops along the way to savour the local delicacies, wines and liquors whilst learning all about each town’s rich history.


Where to stay


As searches for ‘solo travel’ on Pinterest increase by 600 per cent just this year, it’s clear solo travellers are looking for picturesque places to stay. Peppered with plush furnishings and splashes of millennial pink, The Melegran is Istria’s newest boutique bolthole.


Housed in historical stone buildings, the property provides a stylish basecamp in the heart of Rovinj, one of the region’s prettiest coastal towns. Catch-up with fellow travellers and enjoy a market-fresh smoothie in the new cosy lounge before retiring to a chic suite, complete with sun-dappled terrace and views over the Adriatic.