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The west­ern most re­gion of Is­tria is the Adri­atic Sea’s largest penin­sula and fea­tures rolling hills and val­leys, hill­top vil­lages, vine­yards and olive groves. As the world’s 2nd best olive oil re­gion, it is a gourmet des­ti­na­tion and also boasts the Is­trian forests boast three sorts of black truf­fles, as well as the big white truf­fle. Those trav­el­ing in Fall are in luck as Truf­fle hunt­ing sea­son runs from Oc­to­ber–De­cem­ber.

An­other no­table prod­uct from Croa­tia is its award-win­ning olive oil pro­duc­tion, with olives be­ing a sym­bol of Is­tria since circa 50 AD. The re­gion of Is­tria has been a top olive oil grow­ing re­gion for decades pro­duc­ing with some of the finest award-win­ning olive oils in the world. Their sta­tus as a top pro­ducer of olive oils was rec­og­nized by Flos Olei, the only ex­tra vir­gin olive oil world guide, which in­cluded 77 oils from Croa­tia, 11 more than last year, with two hail­ing from the Dal­ma­tia re­gion, and 75 from Is­tria in their guide.

With so much to choose from, Croa­tia is a des­ti­na­tion that should be on every­one’s radar – no mat­ter what age or in­ter­est – from cul­ture, his­tory, epic food ad­ven­ture, old world Euro­pean charm, or re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing an easy Mediter­ranean hol­i­day — there’s al­ways some­thing for every­one who vis­its.

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