About Us

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Istra Zivot, meaning Istria Life, was started in 2003 by an English couple Nigel Simpson and Sue Ramsden (Now Simpson). We remain the owners and directors.

We arrived in the Istrian peninsular of Croatia on the Adriatic after travelling around most of Europe looking for a place to settle, and finding most of it wanting. We were captivated by Istria’s beauty, the friendliness of its people and the lifestyle in general – and so we decided to stay. We knew that many English people would feel the same way and therefore set up the company with the aim of (re) introducing the English to Croatia in general and to Istria in particular. In fact we have succeeded in bringing people from all over the world in to this little "heaven"

Nigel looking like Marge Simpson!
Hiza Suzanna and Kod Tereza, our houses in Glavani We started our first full season at the beginning of 2006 when our own house Hiza Suzanna had been fully renovated. By this time we had made many friends in Istria, some of whom also had apartments they wanted to rent out for holidays. Since we had become licensed as a tourist agency we chose a select few locally and started to advertise "Rural holidays in Istria"

The first two years showed a dramatic increase in interest, especially with the introduction of flights from England and Scotland  in to Pula airport.

In fact 2006 was a successful first year and all the apartment owners were satisfied with their bookings.

2007 saw the number of bookings more than double!

2008 was also a successful year and we decided to employ a local Istrian from our village "Đana" (pronounced jarna) to help with all the office work and to enable us to expand and continue the high level of customer service that we supply.

We had been asked by many apartment and villa owners, locally, to be their agent because they have heard how successful we have been with bookings up till now.

For 2009 we increased the numbers of apartments and villas available for holidays in our local Barban and Krnica areas to 18 in order to satisfy the demand that we had from our customers.

It has been very interesting to see an unexpectedly high increase in the numbers of European, American and Australian customers to us. 

Happiness is a dog called Iskra

We have built a company which really looks after the customer. We have built up an extensive knowledge of the region and many contacts for excursions, great places to go, things to do and so on.

We thrive on customer satisfaction and feel that our company and Istria have the essential ingredients needed to supply a really memorable holiday.

This year we have a change of direction!

We have passed the running of all the apartments and villas to our good friends Bez brige d.o.o. You can click here to see their full list of holiday accommodation.

We are now in the process of designing and building a fantastic adventure park right here in the district of Barban, Istria. Our plan is to excite and entertain tourists with great things to do for all visitors; dish up local cuisine and drinks, provide facilities not yet found anywhere in Istria. This really will be new and much needed entertainment in the heart of Istria.

So, come and holiday with us in Kod Tereza or,  locally, with Bez brige d.o.o, come and say hello to Iskra - the friendliest dog we know - even join us for fantastic walks through the forest or across the fields. Come and eat with us at the local high quality restaurants or drink with us in the garden here listening to the water feature and experience the tremendous feeling of silence!

Email; for Kod Tereza and Apartment / Farmhouse Bulic or to talk about our adventure park and Email for all other apartments and villas now and enquire about the vacancies  still available so that you can fill one!

Thanks, see you here.

Nigel and Sue.


The company has sound financial backing and is licensed to:

  • Undertake various tourism related activities including accommodation services and activities relating to the preparation and serving of food and drinks 
  • Act as a tourist agency, including acting as an agent for the renting out of property 
  • Transport passengers and cargo in Croatia and abroad 
  • Act as an estate agent 
  • Undertake business and management consultancy 
  • Purchase and sell goods and undertake general commerce 
  • Rent machinery and equipment and items for household and personal use


To see full information about  Istra Zivot, click here.    About Istria     Activities   If you want to contact us about our Stone House, our Rural Adventure Holidays in Istria, any other apartments or our high adrenaline, adventure park and high ropes course, click here



Nigel & Sue Simpson,  Istria Life
Istra Zivot d.o.o Tourist Agency
Glavani 4    52207 Barban    Croatia
00385 52 522 920    00385 91 896 4525