Far from the madding crowds, Croatia offers deserted coves, classic charm – and wine to cheer
1. Take a vineyard tour of Istria
Istria is an Italian-style Croatia with a dramatic coastline, secret beaches and a rugged rural interior that’s home to the best emerging wine scene in Europe.
Why it’s special
Dubrovnik is far too busy these days. The northern peninsula of Istria, however, is lesser known, but truly beautiful, unfolding from seaside citadels and cormorant-flecked islets to mist-shrouded hilltop towns and Brothers Grimm-style forests. Oh, and the region’s wine is splendid – those light muscats, salty malvazijas, craggy red terans – much of it impossible to find in the UK, and to be quaffed in restaurants, village konobas (trattorias) and a growing number of sleek wineries and wine hotels.
For a week-long itinerary, head from Pula up the coast to the Meneghetti wine estate. Breathe in the