While many visit this heart-shaped peninsula for its attractive coastal towns, the rolling hills and fertile plains of inland Istria are just as alluring. When combined with the region's fascinating history and intriguing cultural legacy, it's easy to see why Istria has become one of Croatia's most admired destinations among the sun-and-sea set. Rovinj is arguably the feather in Istria's cap. Much like Dalmatia's Dubrovnik, this town boasts a meticulously maintained old quarter with an impressive Baroque cathedral, cobbled streets, and a famous archway called Balbi's Arch which leads you to harbour-side restaurants. The 1,900-year-old Roman amphitheatre of southern Pula is similarly beguiling, as is its Venetian Fortress, whilst in the north, the town of Poreč oozes Mediterranean charm thanks to Venetian-style campanili and loggias. Boutique hotels and high-end resorts line much of Istria's verdant indented coastline, providing a range of luxury accommodation to suit your fancy. The region's acclaimed gastronomy, which makes use of fresh seafood, prime white truffles, top-rated olive oils, and award-winning wines, only adds to the enticing attributes of continental Croatia.