Things to experience year-round in Istria

While summer sees the sun-seeking crowds head for Istria, there is plenty to see, do and eat all year round in Istria. There are food and music festivals scattered throughout the year, and if the sometimes searing heat of summer isn't for you, you may prefer the fresher weather in spring and autumn when the sun is still beautifully warm but the beaches and towns offer far more breathing space without the crowds.

For a completely different experience of Croatia visit us during the winter months when the morning mist in the valley is stunning and the food is hearty. The temperatures dip, but our big open fireplaces and wood burning stoves will keep you cosy.

For visitors in Spring

Spring is a fantastic time to visit Bolara 60. The sun’s warmth has returned, the meadows are full of wild flowers and the orchards are blossoming. In April and May the forests are full of wild asparagus and wild garlic; by June we’re picking wild strawberries and green walnuts to make nocino.

For visitors in Summer

For a proper Mediterranean holiday head here in July and August for week after week of deep blue skies. Cool off in the sea during the day and start each evening with a spritz. The garden and farmers’ market keep us in cherries, apricots, figs, melons, raspberries, peaches and more. And don’t miss the Grožnjan Jazz Festival, just up the hill from us.

For visitors in Autumn

Autumn brings the prized white truffles, delicious simply shaved over pasta, and of course the grape (September) and olive (October-November) harvests. The weather is usually still warm and sunny, ideal for long country walks, helping with the harvests or foraging for autumn berries.

For visitors in Winter

Morning mists hang low in the valleys, sometimes evaporating into incredibly clear, crisp days when the bura blows from the north. Winter is time for making charcuterie and enjoying frosty walks followed by hearty dinners of wild boar stew and freshly ground polenta in front of the fire.

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