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    Marvellous Kamenjak Peninsula

    by traveller3 Written Sep 8, 2010

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    Kamenjak is the most southern end of Istrian peninsula near Medulin, narrow , about 9.5 km long and as wide as 1.5 km. It has been proclaimed as nature park and it is under special protection. The entrance is charged a few € if you would like to enter by car, but as most of the roads on the cape are rough dirt roads and in consideration of nature park’s protection, donT use your car, the biking is the best solution.
    The entire coastline of the cape is 30 km long dotted with numerous inlets, coves miniature beaches and small islands. There are many dirt roads and paths all over the peninsula leading to the most hidden areas and beaches too.
    Kamenjak is especially attractive for diving enthusiasts because of its fascinating underwater world. Needles to say all those who enjoy trekking and mountain-biking will also enjoy this place. The flora of the peninsula is unique and very diversified, let’s stop for few moments and lean to closer some of them. You can find mirracles, even the during of the hottest summer days.
    Waters around Kamenjak are especially clear. Lots of people come over here for sunbathing and swimming during the summer, especially for nudism, but there is no overcrowded beaches as often other popular sites of sourroundings. Rocky beaches absolutely untouched with cliffs vertically on the sea in one side and pebbles on the other side. Clear clean water and quiet coves attract all those seeking for some peace and privacy, loneliness and skinny dipping. There are some pebbly beaches suitable for children, but mostly it is rocky coastline with flat rocks which are so inviting for sunning and daydreaming. Lets time for yourself to discover this place if you can, if not, follow the widest paths down to the costline from main roads and you will find the beaches. The most popular ones are shows by signposts.
    On the east side of the peninsula can be find a little bar with refreshments and fast foods. (The fresh grilled calamari with olive is marvellous!) Be noted there is no other freshwater possibilities than one or two "bush bar".
    Stay out there a whole day from early morning to sunset! As rise the sun at am. more and more people fill up the costs, but after 6 pm the lonleyness is guaranteed among the hidden cliffs.
    Obligatory for whom loves the silent and sun together, at same time and in same place especially without dress.

    At the end of your visit, please don’t miss to carry away your trash!

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    The Lim Fjord, Croatia

    by dustmon Updated May 7, 2010

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    While staying at Koversada, it's hard not to see and at least visit the Lim Fjord right "next door" . This is a deep valley with fresh water coming out emptying into the ocean, and for some reason, this produces the most tender, the most flavorful oysters you have ever tasted. The valley has a bunch of touristy craft booths and 2 or 3 restaurants, which supposedly are 4 Star.....whatever that means in Croatia. Anyways, I had some of those lovely oysters in a restaurant in Vrsar, just over the hill so to speak, Trost, which I have reviewed for this site! They serve the local oysters as well as clams and other goodies.
    Back to the Fjord, there are picturesque views along the top for camera buffs, which also have the craft booths selling honey, cheese, homemade crafts, and other stuff. I did buy a small bottle of truffle oil after haggling the price down a bit... There are docks at one end where folk were swimming in the greenish water.....hmmmm not for me. But a very homey, family friendly atmosphere---very safe and picturesque.

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    Dvigrad ruins

    by Enzyme_X Written Nov 12, 2005

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    Couple of km west from Kanfanar in central Istrialie the ruins of the medieval town Dvigrad (Two Castels). The history of the place goes back to the Iliryans who established here two settlements, each one on the top of the opposit hill so that they controled the valley of Lim.
    Later those settlements were known as Moncastello and Parentino. Only Moncastello survived and developed further, but nevertheless, in the late medieval times it was still known as Dvigrad.
    In 1630 Dvograd was abandoned due to plague and the remaining inhabitants established the present town of Kanfanar. Dvigrad was left to fall to ruins. You can explore the ruins, walk around on (once stone) streets. Just be careful. The ruins are not very stabil and stones can fall on you.

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    Mount Ucka

    by Enzyme_X Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Ucka on the north-east part of Istria is the highest mountain in Istria. The highest peak, Vojak, is 1396 above sea level. Some 100 years ago (+-) Franz Josef, the Austro-Hungarian emperor gave an order to build a tower on the top of Vojak. This tower is 4 m high so the total elevation is exactly 1400 m above sea level.

    The views from up there are rally magnificent. On one side you see the whole Kvarner bay with islands Krk, Cres, Losinj... and city Rijeka, the mountain chain of Velebit in background. On the other side you have whole Istria bellow you. I've been told that on a particulary clear day (after a storm) you can see all the way to Venice. Even a night wisit is worth the efort. Thousand of lights sparkling around. Like there are two starry skies - one above you, one bellow you.

    And for all the romantic souls out there: sunsets and sunrises are waiting for you.

    (picture coming in the future. last couple of times I hadn't luck with weather)

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