Rabac

Rabac Croatia Rabac, a highly popular tourist resort is situated in a sheltered bay of the same name, 5 km bellow the hilltop town of Labin. IN THE PAST 10 HOUSES... Looking at the apartment blocks covering its hillsides it is hard to believe that in the beginning of the 19th century Rabac was just a small fishing village with 10 houses. But, after being discovered and described by Richard Francis Burton (in 1876) in his guidebook intitled “Istrian coast”, Rabac started to develop and over time has become one of the important tourist destination. ...and NOW 10000!I don't know, but over the years a large number of houses and two large hotel complexes have been built thus squeezing its small por ...

Rasa

Rasa Croatia Former mining site and the youngest Istria's town lies 4.5 kilometres south west of Labin and Rabac in the valley of the Krapan Brook, a tributary of the Raša river that the town was named after. Rasa is considered as an excellent model of modernist functionalist architecture popular under Mussolini’s rule in the 1930s with a purpose of urban colonization of Istria and other Italian territories. The construction of this modern town for accommodating miners and their families started in the 1936 on the personal initiative of Mussolini (the foundation stone was laid by himself). In 1937, a bright new settlement, planned and designed on rationalist principles by architect Gustavo Pul ...

Labin

Labin Croatia The charming medieval town of Labin is perched on a hilltop overlooking the seaside resort of Rabac and the greater part of the Kvarner golf. It is elevated on a 325 meters high hill only three kilometres from the sea in the eastern part of Istria. The town was developed from the Roman settlement first mentioned in 285 AD as Albona that means 'a town on the hill' or 'an elevated settlement'. In the past, Labin was fortified, encircled by high defensive walls that have survived only partially. CHARM of the OLD LABIN This picturesque place seduces its visitors with its steep, narrow streets, its cobbled alleys scattered with numerous churches, art galleries, a museum and with the b ...

Plomin

Plomin Croatia Plomin, a medieval village in the eastern part of Istria, is perched on a 168 meters high hill above the bay of the same name.ROMANTIC and ALMOST DESERTEDOriginally named Flanona, Plomin was already inhabited in Roman times, but nowadays is almost deserted.However, it is still an interesting place for a walk in the idyllic blue-green landscape with its steep coast and beautiful views.Once a fortified town, now a sleepy village, Plomin also seduces its visitors with its quietness, dry stone houses covered by tile roofs, narrow alleys, the town loggia as well as with the buildings in ruins with preserved Renaissance and Baroque features.The walls and fortifications are only preserv ...

Skitaca

Skitaca Croatia Skitača, a small village in the south of the Labin peninsula, is situated on the 425 high plateau encircled by four hills ( Goli – 536 m, Oštri – 531 m, Brdo – 475 m i Orlić – 470 m) that protect it from the bora wind. The village was founded by the refugees who escaped from the Ottoman empire. Between the two world wars it had about 300 inhabitant but soon after the WWII many of them started to leave the place. Nowadays there is only one permanent inhabitant in Skitača. HIKERS Skitača is highly popular among the hikers as it is the part of the Labin hiking path that includes Sisola peak, Brseč, Plomin, Ripenda, Standar, Labin, Oštri vrh, Skitača and Crna punta. SHOR ...

Nedescina - Sveta Nedelja

Nedescina - Sveta Nedelja Croatia A village of Nedešćina is the centre of Sveta Nedelja municipality that consists of 21 settlements situated in the eastern part of Istria. The whole territory is nested on the plateau 300 meters above the sea level between the canyon of the Raša river, the fertile Čepićko field and the sea. Also, this small region with beautiful woods, pastures and always-green vegetation is lucky to be located only 8 km from Labin and Rabac.The village is dominated by the parish church of Holly Trinity and its bell tower. As a municipal centre, Nedeščina has a post office, a bank,a nursing station, a couple of restaurants, cafés, grocery stores and bakeries. WHY to COME To enjoy in the bea ...

Brestova

Brestova Croatia Brestova, a tiny village in the eastern coast of Istria, is located 5 km north of the abandoned medieval village of Plomin with its bay and south of Ucka Mountain ridge.Brestova is one of the rare settlement on this part of the shore that has remained undeveloped and very sparsely populated because of the Ucka mountain massif that falls steeply toward the sea-coast.To reach the Brestova ferry port take the winding road that heads down the sea from the old one leading to Opatija. This is a departure point for Jadrolinija's ferries to Porozina on the island of Cres. The ride takes about half and hour, but sometimes at the heigh season drivers have to queue for hours to get on board. ...

Krsan

Krsan Croatia Today's Kršan, a settlement and the centre of the municipality bearing the same name, developed close to the old medieval fortified castle in the eastern part of Istria, 15 km north of Labin.The old Krsan, although located some three hundred meters from the main road is relatively accessible and in the vicinity of the “new” Krsan. This charming place dominated by a defence tower and a church bell attracts the visitors by the remnants of its medieval castle first mentioned in 1274. The frame of the fifteenth century Gothic portal and the well shaft have been preserved in the castle's inside courtyard. A high rectangular bastion tower is also well conserved and the defence walls wer ...

Pican

Pican Croatia The small medieval village of Pican is perched on a 350 meters high hill in the Istrian hinterland, 10km south east of Pazin. Inhabited by the Histri tribe in early prehistoric times and later on by the Romans naming it Petina, Pican has lost its past importance and nowadays counts just 300 inhabitants. WHY TO COME ? Pican is interesting for people searching for relaxation in its old houses of interesting architecture surrounded by the charming countryside that offers numerous opportunities for hiking, cycling and other outdoors activities. WHAT TO SEE Unfortunately, the only visible evidence of the Roman presence is the inscription on the stone incorporat ...

Pula

Pula Croatia Pula, the largest Istrian city (65,000 inhabitants) and its economical and cultural center, is situated near the base of its peninsula on its south-western side. The city, protected by a large sheltered bay surrounded by mild hills planted with cedar and olive trees, extends along 30 km of its beautiful indented coast. The attractiveness of the site hadn't even escaped to the Illyrian tribe of Histry which occupied it from the first millennium BC and made it one of the oldest settlements of the eastern Adriatic coast continuously inhabited until today. COLONIA JULIA POLLENTIA HERCULANEA – ANCIENT PULA However, Pula took off under the Romans who in ...

Peroj

Peroj Croatia The small village of Peroj, is situated on the south-western Istrian coast, on the road Fažana – Barbariga, just half a mile from the sea. The remains of the Roman villa at the archeological sites of Dragonera and Maric prove that a place was already a popular vacation destination for the patricians' families. Surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, olive trees and vineyards and far away from the noise and crowd, Peroj is perfect for those searching for calm and relaxation. However, the proximity of destinations like Vodnjan, Pula and Rovinj enables its guests to find there more fun and activities. In addition, it offers splendid views of the Brijuni National P ...

Savudrija-Salvore

Savudrija-Salvore Croatia Savudrija is the first coastal destination in Istria working anticlockwise round it.  It is placed on the eponymous cap on the northwestern tip of a region nearby Slovenian border. SIMPLE A small harbour in the bay, a lighthouse, a church and a couple of restaurants compose the old Savudrija, a haven of peace and simple charm. Nowadays, in addition to its old core, Savudrija encompasses a couple of surrounding settlements and villages. GREEN The whole zone is nested peacefully in some of the greenest and best-forested countryside in Istria among the pines, vineyards, olive groves and the fields of rich red soil. SILBOR ...

UMAG

UMAG Croatia Umag is a little town situated in the heart of a 45 km long coastal region in the northwest of Istria. Its northern shoreline ends at Cape Savudrija, near the Slovenian border and the southern part extends till Dajla. Umag is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia due to its clear waters and its coastline full of pretty little bays with pleasant hotels, tourist villages and campsites focusing on sports tourism. Easily accessible from central Europe, this part of Istria is very frequented not only in summer but also during whole year due to its wellness center, tennis and golf. Despite of numerous guests and developed infrastructure Umag is a quiet sea ...

Lovrecica - San Lorenzo

Lovrecica - San Lorenzo Croatia Lovrecica, the most southern Umag settlement with 154 inhabitants, is 7 kilometers away from the town center.It has developed around the church and the small harbor on the northern coast of the Slanik bay, surrounded by olive and vine trees.FOR WHO?Due to its peaceful setting Lovrecica is a perfect place for a relaxing vacation.However, being located half way between Umag and Novigrad it offers an easy access to more entertainment and activities.ACCOMMODATIONAccommodation is manly offered in private houses, apartments or in some of the surrounding campsites.CAMPSITESFinida, a four-star campsite is located in the Potocina bay to the north of the willage.Park, beside Finida, al ...

Dajla-Daila

Dajla-Daila Croatia Dajla, once a small fishing village transformed into a tourist destination, is located 5 km north of Novigrad city-center.Known for the house of Grisoni, Dajla has developed around its bay in a natural port that protects it from bora and other winds.The modern settlement has spread around the entire bay with a new tourist village in its northern part called Karigador.FOR WHO?Dajla is a preferred destination of people searching for peaceful holidays in a relaxing environment.However, situated half way between Umag and Novigrad it offers an easy access to more fun and entertainment.ACCOMMODATIONBeside Park and Mareda campsites, the majority of accommodation is available in private ...

Karigador-Carigador

Karigador-Carigador Croatia Former fishing village transformed into a tourist village with 140 inhabitants located at the northernmost part of the port of Dajla, just 6km from Novigrad. BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY The church is built in 1912 on the Belvedere promontory. FOR WHO? Karigador is a perfect for spending peaceful and relaxing vacation. Neighbouring Novigrad and Umag offer more fun and entertainments. ACCOMMODATION Accommodation is mainly offered in vacation houses, apartments and villas as well as in one of the finest Croatia's campsite : the Park. BEACHES LADIN GAJ BEACH The beach is situated in the northern part of the Karigad ...

Novigrad-Cittanova

Novigrad-Cittanova Croatia Novigrad, once a fishing town, has become one of the most agreeable seaside resort on the northwestern Istrian coast.Situated halfway between Umag and Porec, its riviera stretches from Dajla on the north to the mouth of the Mirna river on the south.Despite the tourism development and its popularity, Novigrad has kept its intimate charm of a typical fishing town.ETERNAL NEW CITYDespite its name of «New City», Novigrad has a very ancient past. Its origins go back to the period of Greek colonization, then to the roman times when it was named Aemonia or Aemona.The town was first mentioned in written documents with the name of Neapolis (New City) in the late 6th century during th ...

Tar Vabriga - Torre Abrega

Tar Vabriga - Torre Abrega Croatia Once two villages, now make up one settlement situated on a plateau at 112 meters above sea level, between Novigrad and Porec.The plateau on one side faces the sea and on the other the Istrian hinterland with the mouth of the Mirna River. It offers spectacular views on both sides.WHY TO COME?Surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, in the middle of a calm and quiet landscape but not far away from the sea, Tar-Vabriga is perfect for a relaxing vacation.However, the proximity of Novigrad, Porec and Umag enables its guests to find there more fun and entertainment.HORSE CENTER LANTERNA & MINI FARM WITH DOMESTIC ANIMALSThe horseback-riding for advanced riders as well as for the b ...