Thursday, 2 September 2021

Drive In Cinema is Coming to Central Istria in September!

September 2, 2021 - While the large cinema chains are open to the public throughout the country, Drive In Cinema has become a popular option in times of social distancing, and the latest region to include them is Central Istria, whose Tourist Board has prepared an interesting program on the weekends of September.

Watching movies from the comfort of your own car is often shown in American movies, and for all of you who have dreamed of this new and different way of watching movies, there is good news. Following a successful organization by the Tourist Board of Central Istria and a warm reception from the public in the summer months, Turističke Priče announces that the Drive In Cinema will also take place on the following weekends in September.

The Tourist Board of Central Istria, as an overture to the tourist season, during two weekends in September, organizes free Drive In Cinema in Tinjan, Sveti Petar in Šuma, Pazin, and Sveti Lovreč.


Tourist Board of Central Istria

All screenings will start at 20:00 and are free for all visitors, but the number of cars is limited to 50. Therefore, arrival must be announced by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the obligatory indication of the desired location and car model, and license plate. Car entry is possible from 19:20. The films will be shown on a 12-meter screen, and visitors will be able to watch the sound of the film via their in-car radios, which will be adapted to the temporary radio frequency.

In Central Istria you can visit many cultural and natural sights and outdoor attractions that will fill the day, as well as many restaurants, taverns, agritourism, and family farms with indigenous food for all gourmets among you. At the end of the day, you have the opportunity to enjoy free movie screenings at Drive In Cinema. Is there a better opportunity to organize a weekend trip?

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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Central Istria Tourist Board COVID-19 Testing Available for Tourists from June 2!

June 1, 2021 - Central Istria Tourist Board COVID-19 testing is available for tourists starting Wednesday, June 2!

At the initiative of the Central Istria Tourist Board, the Istria County Teaching Institute for Public Health will perform COVID-19 tests for guests in the region from Wednesday, June 2, 2021, reports HRTurizam.

Testing will take place at the COVID test point in Pazin, in the parking lot at the back of the Memorial House, at Šetalište Pazinske gimnazije 1, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon, only with prior notice, no later than the day before by 3 pm to e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is necessary to submit the name and surname, date of birth, passport or identity card number, and mobile phone number, and e-mail address to the e-mail.

The price of the rapid antigen test will be HRK 100.00, and the PCR test HRK 375.00. The results of the rapid antigen will be known two hours after testing, and the PCR test within 24 hours. Testing can be paid in cash in kuna or by card, during the testing itself, and the test results will be delivered to the e-mail address. Test results will be available in Croatian and English.

“As part of the preparations for the tourist season, on Friday, May 28, 2021, the first vaccinations of renters who had previously applied for vaccinations at the TZSI office were performed. Landlords' applications are still being received," said the Central Istria Tourist Board.

The Central Istria Tourist Board area, from January 1 to May 28, achieved 3,606 arrivals, i.e., 133% more compared to the same period last year and 115,790 overnight stays or 90% more than in the same period last year. Of this, 66% of overnight stays were realized by foreign guests and 34.00% by domestic guests. The share of overnight stays by country from January to the end of May was: Germany 40%, Croatia 34%, Slovenia and Italy with 5% each, and Serbia with 3%.

An excellent indicator of how this year, as well as in the future, the interior of Istria will be well filled.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Central Istria Tourist Board Promotion Video Wins Two Awards

March the 17th, 2021 - The Central Istria Tourist Board has outdone itself with its fascinating promotional video, winning two prestigious international awards and attracting a lot of attention to this truly beautiful part of the country.

As Barbara Ban/Novac writes, the promotional film of the Central Istria Tourist Board has won two awards at prestigious international tourist film festivals. Great recognition came to the film from the 21st Golden City Gate 2021 International Tourism Film Festival - Tourism Multimedia Award, where it won second place in the Regions category. The film festival is part of the prestigious ITB Berlin tourism fair, the largest in the world, which was held online due to the pandemic. The second award for the same film came not long after from Russia, where the film won the commercial film category at the TRAVEL FILM International Film Festival.

The film was produced by the Labin-based company Level 52 back during the middle of last year. The authors moved away from their usual postcard-style videos, using the popular storytelling element instead. The destination is presented through the revival of legends, magical creatures, as well as by showcasing the actual residents of Central Istria and local products. Different stories are connected through the Central Istria Tourist Board´s promotional film with a unique narration and original music. Showing the known, but also the hidden, and highlighting multiple often overlooked destinations in this part of Istria makes this film stand out among the rest.

Authors Sanel Isanovic and Goran Nacinovic pointed out that this is a really important recognition for their hard work and that such awards encourage further work. Client trust and creative freedom allowed them to do something different, which was ultimately very well received.

The director of the Central Istria Tourist Board, Sanja Kantaruti, emphasised that this recognition is an enormous success, which they are extremely proud of, and that such promotion at international festivals is an immeasurable advertisement for Central Istria as a tourist destination. She emphasised that the plan is to continue this form of audiovisual promotion and numerous other projects aimed at promotion for tourism.

This bold and unconventional approach from the author's team, said the director of the Istria County Tourist Board, Denis Ivosevic, proved to be a winning tourist story.

Istria County is ready to look forward to the new season ahead of us, and these awards will certainly contribute to another successful season in Central Istria. So far, the film has been screened in the selection of the Amargos Tourism Film Festival and the Travel FilmFest International Festival. However, the award from Berlin is undoubtedly the most significant recognition that the film could receive, given that it is the world's leading fair, it is also worth noting that Germany is the main emitting tourist market for Istria.

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Friday, 12 June 2020

VIDEO: Central Istria Tourist Board Launches Promotional Tourist Video

As Novac/Barbara Ban writes on the 10th of June, 2020, this week, the Tourist Board of Central Istria launched its very first promotional tourist video called "Dare to explore", directed and produced by the Labin-based company Level 52. The video presents Central Istria as a magical region with well-known and interesting locations and points of interest.

''In these rather challenging times for Croatian tourism, Central Istria strives to position itself as an ideal combination of specialties, which will keep old and continue to attract new guests - magical landscapes, cultural, historical and natural beauty, and indigenous products and flavours of tradition'' said the director of the Tourist Board of Central Istria, Sanja Kantaruti.

The Mayor of Pazin, Renato Krulcic, added that the first promotional film for the destination was branded a few years ago under the slogan "Central Istria - the original Istria" was designed and realised.

''There is a video slogan which invites viewers to explore the heart of the Istrian peninsula with scenes of undiscovered tourist gems such as the Sopot waterfall near Pican and Badavac near Karojba, but also new views of well-known places in the area of ​​Pazin and the municipalities of Lupoglav, Cerovlje, Karojba, Sv. Petar u Sumi, Sv. Lovrec, Tinjan, Gracisce and Pican, ie, the component of the Tourist Board of Central Istria,'' Krulcic emphasised.

The interior is different from the rest of Istria, so the destination had to get its own approach to promotion, the authors of the film emphasised.

''The goal was to tell our fairy tale that will entice visitors to explore central Istria, especially to locations that are somewhat hidden and out of the way,'' said film co-author Goran Nacinovic.

So far, such an approach has rarely been seen in the tourist promotion of Croatia as a whole, they point out. The video combines attractive locations in Central Istria with interesting characters, as well as with authentic Istrians who work diligently in their fields and live in harmony with nature.

''We wanted to make something different and innovative, aimed at the foreign market, and yet emphasise the uniqueness and beauty of Central Istria,'' says co-author Sanel Isanovic, who, along with Nacinovic, developed the story of the film and composed the music for the film.

Watch it below:


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Monday, 1 January 2018

Central Istria, Authentic Istria: Tourist Board Presents New Brand

Central Istria Tourist Board rang in the new year with a new brand to match: Central Istria. Authentic Istria.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Filming in Croatia: Karl Malden and a Village Named Draguć

Continuing our series on international classics filmed in Croatia, we bring you the story of an Istrian town and a Hollywood actor who, metaphorically and literally, returned to his roots