Istria - 30 March 2016 - Valentina Zerbini
Istria is a very particular peninsular. Most of its territory belongs to Croatia but a small area is part of Slovenia and an even smaller piece is part of Italian territory. This strange subdivision is the result of various occupations over the centuries. One of the most important events was the Peace of Rialto in the year 933 which allowed the Venetians to navigate along the rocky Istrian coastline. During this period different Italic and Slavic groups migrated into the territory.
In 1943 when the area was annexed into the Third Reich and after the war the area fell into Yugoslav hands and much of the ethnic Italian population abandoned Istria in what is called the “great exodus”.
Following the exodus the area was repopulated mainly by Croats and Slovenes along with groups from other Yugoslav nationalities.
Despite these political and geographical controversies Istria continues to attract many tourists. The Adriatic Sea has cut into its rocky coastline creating thousands of creeks and islands which have become magnets for tourists and nature lovers.
But Istria is not only a natural paradise, it is also a heaven of peace and well-being. At the heart of this enchanting area there are a number of thermal oases and luxury hotels such as the Kempinski Palace Hotel which is located in a wonderful position on the sea front at Portorose, a charming magical location that is perfectly suited to the needs of the modern age.
The Palace hotel was a luxury resort under the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and today it has an aura of the avant-garde while respecting tradition. It exudes a welcoming, warm, fascinating charm. A perfect place to regenerate, to devote some time to restore that sense of well-being, and make the most of the many treatments and services that one can only find in the highest category of hotels. A temple of well-being where you can enjoy massages carried out by expert professional hands.
The atmosphere pervading the whole complex is elegant, reserved and gentle. What’s more the culinary delights range from a refined Mediterranean diet alongside mouth-watering flavours from the whole world.
Nowadays Istria is a highly fashionable tourist venue. Visitors are attracted not only by its idyllic landscapes immersed in nature, but also by a high quality of the services it offers for the most particular tourists, those lovers of luxury and tranquility.