The north-western coast of Croatia,
peninsula, is easily accessible to Europeans both by land and sea. Regular, cheap ferries run from the Italian ports of Terst, Treviso, and Venice and the greatest interest in the area is shown by Italians, Germans, and Slovenians. This area is more advanced in comparison to the more southerly parts of Croatia, something that is also seen in the price of property. There is major interest in typical, old, stone buildings only a few miles from the sea and in building plots.
The most attractive locations are
Rovinj and the area between
Umag and Pula. The majority of new development projects are currently undertaken at a distance of 1-3 kilometres from the sea. The price of a small house with three bedrooms and a garden is somewhere around 155 000 Euro.
Istria is set to become
the main golf resort in Croatia. The government came up with 40 locations throughout Croatia that would be suitable for the construction of golf courses, with half of these found in Istria. Only two golf courses are currently open at present. One of these courses dates back to 1922 (Pula Golf Club) and is found on Veli Brijun island in Istria, whilst the second was opened in 1998 not far from Zagreb (Dolna Kardinala Golf & Country Club).
Further to the south is
Kvarner and its capital city of
Rijeka, which has an airport and is around 3 hours by car from Zagreb. The most popular places here include
and Novi Vinodolski. The largest islands in the Kvarner Gulf are
Krk, Cres, Losinj,
and Rab. This area is most popular among Croatian investors.