Raise your hand if you love taking pictures while traveling! Yeah? Me, too! We came across some pretty unique Instagram-able photo spots in Istria, Croatia, on our last trip. Whether you’re a Professional Photographer, Blogger, Content Creator, or just a “regular” traveler on the hunt for an excellent picture to post on Instagram: Istria got you covered.
I hope those photo spots and the included pictures will inspire you and help you find those spots for your travels. I’ve structured them by cities, so you can easily skip there in the Table of Contents. I linked all the locations on a map below that you can save and use during your travels. Enjoy!
Photo Spots in Rovinj
Rovinj is one of the iconic cities in Istria and is very well known. It’s my personal favorite because it is just gorgeous. All those small alleys, houses, and ateliers… – pure beauty! This city will offer you many beautiful places to see and – of course – take pictures as soon as you just start strolling around.
By the way – If you’re visiting Rovinj on an Istria trip, make sure to read my blog post about what to do in Istria.
Table by the water
This spot is one of the most famous ones in Istria regarding Instagram and places to take pictures. It can be found in the old town of Rovinj, and it’s pretty hidden, to be honest. That cute table actually belongs to a small boutique called “Atelier Charm“. The owner presents her dresses along the stairs down to the table. Also, this spot is (of course) usually quite crowded. Since it’s lovingly taken care of by the boutique owner, it would be appreciated to donate a small amount of money into the jar on the table.
St Euphemia (View)
The church of the holy Euphemia is located on a hill, offering a fantastic view of the ocean. The church itself is charming, but the view from up here caught my eye a lot more.
Since Rovinj is full of pretty, small alleys and crafts shops, you don’t need to look for a particular spot where you can take some fantastic photos in the streets. Just go for it! You’ll for sure find some nice stairways, houses, viewpoints, and patios 🙂
Photo Spots in Poreč
Porec is a tiny, charming city located directly on the ocean. Most impressive here would be the Euphrasius Basilica, which thrones over the whole town. The old town has some cute alleys and houses, too.
The promenade around the old town of Poreč is a great place to take pictures since the contrast between the city walls and the ocean so close to each other looks fantastic. You can even walk inside the water at some spots. Be careful, though – the stones are incredibly slippery and full of crabs 🙂
The Euphrasius Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site and definitely worth visiting, even without taking pictures. It’s super exciting and beautifully restored/kept in order. You’ll find yourself in splendid rooms, romantic patios, and terraces full of lavender. The Bell Tower will offer you a fantastic view of the ocean and the city.
Photo Spots in Pula
Pula itself is far from being as pretty as the cities mentioned before. You can definitely feel the “bigger city “vibes here, so the cute little alleys like those in Rovinj are harder to find. Nevertheless, here are some cute spots you might want to check out if you’re on the hunt for that Instagram shot:
The Arena is an imposing building and reminds a lot of the Colosseum in Rome. You’ll find walkways (like the one shown in the picture) perfect for capturing that middle-aged vibe.
The Castell offers a great view over the city with the amphitheater and the ocean. It also has a lovely, small tower you can climb up for some Rapunzel vibes. The inner courtyard is usually welcoming you with live music, too!
Fort Punta Christo
This is one of the hidden gems in the region, and you need a car to reach it. We’re not talking about the Fort here, but the Instagram-Hotspot you’ll find a few steps behind it. There, you’ll find the iconic bridge and some other artsy pieces. Keep in mind, though: Crossing the bridge is at your own risk and if you fall, getting out means climbing up some big, sharp rocks. You might want to check recent reviews on TripAdvisor since they sometimes take it off for restoration.
Photo Spots in Cape Kamenjak
I’ve already written a whole blog post about Cape Kamenjak and its beauty, so make sure not to skip this gem while traveling through Istria. This place will surprise you with crystal clear water, coves, and the most relaxed bar – how couldn’t you take pictures here, right?!
Beaches and Coves
Honestly, there is no specific place to look for to get THAT excellent shot. Just stroll around and get inspired. An underwater camera such as a GoPro would undoubtedly come in handy, especially for underwater photos.
This one is hands down one of the coolest and most unexpected places I found myself having a drink. The design is fantastic and such a superb motive when you’re on the hunt for some cool pictures. They installed a swing in the middle of the plants, bamboo furniture, wooden playgrounds, and even a tower. The spot that makes every (hobby) content creator’s heart beat faster, lol.
That’s it from my side – these are my favorite Photo Spots in Istria. Since there are many other epic places, I’d recommend following some local hashtags on Instagram to get inspiration. My favorite ones for this area are #rovinjcroatia and #visitistria.
Please adhere to the local regulations, though and do not violate any rules or cross any barriers just to get that shot. Especially the bridge at Fort Punta Christo shouldn’t be underestimated. Don’t risk your health just for a picture. Unfortunately, many go beyond good behavior to get some fabulous images in today’s society. I think we should all be a little more respectful and mindful when it comes to this.
With that being said, I hope you enjoy your trip, and this got you some inspiration for places to take pictures in Istria. You’ll find some more Istria Inspo on my Instagram, where I’d love to connect with you.
Stay happy and healthy!
See you soon,