short escape in istria

even though the summer is about to end, i still haven’t gone in proper vacation. aside from short visit to my homeland last week (which i will share with you later on), i’ve managed to organize only a long weekend in istria. i don’t know if i can call it “summer vacation” since we have been there before summer officially started, in june.

it was a mini road trip, we managed to see the towns of poreč, rovinj and pula. we loved them all! many others were left unexplored (such as pazin, opatija, etc), but we decided to leave them for the next trip – oh yes, we’re definitely coming back!

our first stop was poreč – a 2000 years old town and a site of 6th century euphrasian basilica, a unesco world heritage site. we managed to see the basilica only at night (hence, no photos!), since we were on the beach during the day.

rovinj, the second town we visited, was the one we liked the most and where we stayed the longest. we even sacrificed a bit of our beach time to take a walk and climb all the way to saint euphemia’s basilica.

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rovinj at sunset

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rovinj – view from the northern harbor

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details from rovinj

after leaving rovinj, we headed south towards the town of pula, the largest in istria county. while driving, we enjoyed some of the typical istrian scenery.

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istrian scenery

pula is the largest city in istria and is situated at the southern tip of the peninsula. it has been istria’s administrative centre since ancient roman times. even its most famous landmark, pula arena, dates from this period.

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pula arena

last, but not the least, this trip was very special for me for one more reason – it was my very first camping experience! even though i was quite a skeptic, it went amazingly well and i cannot wait for my next camping trip!

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ps. most of the photos were taken by tarik. these photos are usually kept in our private collection, but i thought they are too beautiful not to be published. what do you think?


longing for summer

even though this winter was not as cold as the last ones (and not to mention winters of my childhood), last night i caught myself looking at pictures taken last summer and (secretly) planning where to go this summer.

last summer we went to island of vis, an island in adriatic sea, one of the farthest from croatian coast. the island was closed for tourists untill the 1990-ies, since it was used for military purposes, as a naval base.

the island’s two largest settlements are the town of vis, on the eastern side of the island, and komiža, on its western coast. we were in the second.

we were eager to go to the tiny island of biševo, which is just in front of komiža, and visit its famous blue cave. we spent the day in the beach of stiniva, one of the landmarks of croatian coast and definitely island’s most famous spot. and, of course, we enjoyed komiža.

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biševo & blue cave

stiniva cove

beaches on vis