Istria is Irresistible to Irish Families this Summer
New routes and attractions make Istria the perfect family-friendly destination.
With direct flights from Ireland from 19 April and the new Istralandia Aquapark opening in June, the Croatian region of Istria is set to welcome even more Irish families seeking a memorable holiday this summer.
The new Aer Lingus route from Dublin to Pula takes less than three hours and with return fares starting from €132, the heart-shaped Croatian peninsula represents a quick and affordable getaway for Irish holidaymakers.
Istralandia AquaPark, due to open in time for the summer holidays, is an exciting addition to the region’s family-friendly offerings with over 20 different slides and a large artificial wave pool, as well as a replica of the world’s largest truffle and a hydromassage pool for the adults.
Other family-friendly attractions in Istria, include Dinopark Funtana, located near Porec, where life-size dinosaurs emerge from the beautiful Istrian countryside and Pula Aquarium, where the Adriatic’s fascinating marine life comes alive.
“Last year saw a 31 per cent rise in Irish visitors compared to 2012 and with Pula joining Dubrovnik as Aer Lingus’ second destination in Croatia, we hope to encourage even more Irish holidaymakers to our shores in 2014,” said Tonko Rilović, UK and Ireland Director of the CNTO.
“With the help of our trade partners, we hope to show that Istria offers plenty of choice for families whatever their budget for more than just a bucket and spade holiday, including inspiring visits to the atmospheric Roman amphitheatre in Pula, the region’s underwater caves and the energetic high rope courses at Glavani Adventure Park,” continued Rilović.
Istria also boasts a range of accommodation for the whole family from all-inclusive resorts with a packed Kids Club programme, private villas and seaside apartments to four-star hotels and top class scenic camping sites.
While the gastronomic heart of Croatia will also prove popular with every member of the family, as adults can indulge in the region’s award-winning wines, the freshest seafood and prized white truffles, while children will love the variety of delicious creamy ice cream.
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Croatia’s westernmost region and the largest peninsula of the Adriatic offers travellers a warm welcome, delicious local cuisine, fascinating roman history and attractions to suit all ages visit after visit. With its rolling hills overlooking lush wheat fields and valleys, white-topped mountains, award-winning vineyards and olive groves, as well as the inviting crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, Istria is a feast for all the senses. To find out more about holidaying in Istria, please go to www.istra.hr.
Croatia; the Mediterranean as it once was, offers 1,244 islands strung along its stunning Adriatic coast, boasts seven UNESCO Heritage Sites and eight national parks as well as an excellent tourism infrastructure. From the café culture of its historic cities to the rugged landscapes of continental Croatia, with a packed calendar of festivals and events and a host of home-grown gastronomic delights, Croatia is the ideal holiday destination.
For more information on what to see and do in Croatia, please visit www.croatia.hr.