Beautifully appointed, newly reconstructed 2 bedroom, air conditioned 3 storey self catering Villa set in lovely rural location between Istria's tourist mecca Porec and the rolling hills of 'The New Tuscany'. See our quicktime movie.
Views over vineyards and olive groves in a tiny hamlet of 9 houses 5km from Istria's main tourist destination.
Enclosed garden with our own olive tree and locking gate. Covered patio area with garden furniture. Veranda leading directly from first floor bedroom with fine views of the surrounding vineyards and farmland.
10 minutes from Porec & resorts Plava Laguna (Blue Lagoon), Zelena Laguna (Green lagoon) and Bijela Uvala (White Bay). Waterskiing, windsurfing, boat & bike hire available. Pula, home to Europe's 3rd largest amphitheatre and gateway to stunning Brijuni Islands (where you will find Tito's palace, a safari park and a unique golf course) is just 30 minutes away.
Local Amenities: Superb local restaurant in adjoining village of Musalez. All facilities, supermarkets, banks, ATMs, travel agencies etc available in Porec. Local restaurants serve wonderful food with a strong Italian influence, great Pizzas and pastas, as well as sea food caught daily and very drinkable local wines.
For the more adventurous try the Istrian truffles with steak or fusilli, Prsut (the local dried ham), sheep’s cheese, wild boar with pasta, and raw fish gaspaccio.
Croatians love tennis, football and all sports, and local hotels offer excellent facilities, many with tennis centres with indoor and outdoor courts. At the Hotel Diamant there is a newly opened 'Wellness Centre', with gym, pools, sauna, steam room, treatments etc.
The beaches in Istria tend to be pebbly, rather than sandy, with a few exceptions. There are purpose built paved platforms with steps down all along the water's edge, which are ideal for sunbathing, particularly if you don't like getting sand everywhere! The Adriatic is one of the cleanest seas anywhere, winning praise fom Jacques Cousteau as one of the most beautiful seas he had ever dived in.
Getting there: Low cost daily scheduled flights from Stansted, Luton and Bristol with RyanAir and EasyJet to Pula (35 mins from house), Rijeka, Trieste and Ljubljana (around 90 mins). Both also offer cheap flights to Venice, accessible by road or sea.
Other carriers have cheap charter flights to Pula and Rijeka. Scheduled flights also available. Car hire available at all airports.
Feel free to call Mike or Ria for help finding flights and car-hire.
The cottage is located in the peaceful village of Valkarin, just 5 mins drive from the sea and the picturesque and historic town of Porec. There are many pretty and interesting towns and villages to explore within easy reach of the cottage. Sample the local cuisine in one of the many restaurants overlooking the clear ocean on one of the marinas at either Porec, Rovinj, Novigrad or Vrsar. Enjoy the journey inland through pine forests and rolling hills. Discover the ancient hill-top towns of Motovun, Grozjnan and Hum. A daily return fast cat ferry service (2 hours) runs from Porec harbour to Venice. Other places to visit: Hum (the smallest town in the world.) Baredine Caves, Limski fjord (taste the beautiful cheeses, olives, wines and Grappa). The Amphitheatre in Pula is an amazing, historical place to visit.
Other Activities: Spa, gym and pool (Hotel Diamant)
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