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National Geographic places Istria among the best destinations

14 November 2011 No Comment

The magazine National Geographic has recently recommended Istria as one of the ten most attractive tourist destinations in the world, for a summer holiday in 2011. More than 40 beaches on the 500 km long Istrian coast, deserved a Blue flag for the quality of the sea and preserved surroundings, guaranteeing that the sea is supremely clean and the beaches are governed by the principles of environment preservation, states National Geographic in a special section on their website. The readers are directed to the west and south of the Istrian peninsula, where they will find crystal blue sea and bays with sandy and white pebble beaches, surrounded by fresh pine forests. Especially singled out in the south of Istria is the Medulin Riviera which offers around 70 km of coast to be discovered, a close by medieval town on the hills and old ruins worth exploring. Cape Kamenjak is presented as a special attraction – a natural reserve on the edge of the world, with 20 m cliffs, hidden bays and natural stone that can serve as a great place for sunbathing. In the short section, National Geographic recommends a visit to Pula and its Arena, which they call an unbelievably well preserved amphitheatre, which hosts numerous summer concerts and events, among which the July film festival stands out the most.

The article states the fact that Istria has been a favourite summer resort ever since the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Editors of National Geogrphic Traveler, one of the magazines under the National Geographic umbrella that is published in numerous countries around the world, have put Istria side by side with the Argentinian Patagonia, American islands San Juan, Minneapolis, the national park Glacier Bay on Alaska, the Muskok Cottage county in Canada, Cardiff in Wales and the Stockholm archipelago, Portuguese Azora and the Honduras Roatan.

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