Rovinj Off The Beaten Path

  • View at the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi.
    View at the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi.
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  • Ancient Temple of August at the Forum.
    Ancient Temple of August at the Forum.
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  • Beautiful Roman house floor mosaic.
    Beautiful Roman house floor mosaic.
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    Pula – More than 3000 years of history.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 15, 2015

    Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola, name given to Pula by the old Romans, has been writing its history for 3000 years. The city built at the end of a beautiful bay and on seven hills reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient city wall. The compact town of Pula is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Pula is Istria, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an important city of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the 1st century Amphitheater, numerous churches, a Forum, the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi, an Austro Hungarian designed park and the defensive walls underneath the castle reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Pula is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 35 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Pula is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

    The daily market of Pula. Sam is having a refreshment. The castle of Pula. View at the small Roman theatre. Sam in front of the old city walls.
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    Pula – Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 12, 2015

    Most people try to rush Pula on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Pula properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Pula we saw on a city map that the city of Pula is divided into three areas - the historical old town, the area around the harbour and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city several times, every time we hiked our way through one of the areas.

    Our hikes were in the old town where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several hours. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Riva where we parked the car, made our way to the amazing amphitheater and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Forum at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Pula is the place to get hopelessly lost for half a day. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the castle of Pula, the green, fish and meat market situated at the beginning of the Flanaticka Ulica, mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Pula?

    A local is feeding the birds. The cathedral of Pula. Amazing facades to admire. The Twin Gates. The museum under the Roman amphitheatre.
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    Pula – Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 9, 2015

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Pula old town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our strawl we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of Pula whenever you won´t visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main square or the dominating amphitheater are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.

    There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Roman house floor mosaic way back in the Ul. Benediktinske Opatije and for example the Chapel of St. Maria Formas at the end of the street called Maksimijanova Ul. Via the street of Ul. Sergijevaca, with its beautiful Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, we ended up at the central square called the Forum, which is probably the most important square of Pula. It lead to a great viewing point at the ancient Temple of August, where we could also get great views at the Communal Palace. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Pula might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

    Inside the dominating Roman amphitheater. View at the Triumpal Arch of the Sergi. Ancient Temple of August at the Forum. Beautiful Roman house floor mosaic. Chapel of St. Maria Formas.
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    Brijuni Islands – Guided tour by foot.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 31, 2014

    After the train tour we had about 30 minutes for a nice lunch. After the lunch we continued the guided tour by foot. Our first stop was the Tito Museum, where I thought the displays were fascinating. They had various personal items belonging to Tito and the whole place brimmed with photos of him meeting world leaders and movie stars. The world leaders brought exotic gifts – mainly animals from every continent. The animals were kept in the safari park and when they died, Tito had them stuffed and hung on the walls. They’re still there.

    After the Tito Museum we walked our way to the amazing little Church of St. Germain. It houses a permanent exhibition of copies of frescoes and Glagolitic writings from Istra. There is also a beautiful preserved mosaic floor. Finally the tour by foot lead us to the Mediterranean Garden of Brijuni. Right there we learned about autochthonous and allochthonous species cultivated in the garden and were informed about the valuable Brijuni vegetation, its distinctive features and its importance. So, our conclusion is that the excursion to the Brijuni Islands is definitely worth the visit.

    The amazing little Church of St. Germain. Picture of the Dutch queen at the Tito Museum. Entrance of the Tito Museum. The Mediterranean Garden of Brijuni. The very very old olive tree.
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    Brijuni Islands – Guided tour by train.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 31, 2014

    The boat trip from Fazana to the Veli Brijuni island is about 3,5 kilometers long and takes approximately 30 minutes. Once at the island we took the Brijuni National Park Tour and this begins at the harbour in front of the Hotel Neptun. It is quite simple, you will be able to choose a guide in English, Italian, German or Croatian. And the language you select will take you to a particular tourist train which will drive you all over the island. Time to explore it!

    We had a beautiful day and the sights were visible and clear. We learned that the order may vary, but by train we saw a nice safari park which has the following animals: zebra, Somali sheep, zebu (the holy east Indian humped ox), dromedary, Lamas and an elephant. Right in the middle of the safari we had a short stop. After the stop we continued to the remains of the Roman villa rustica from the 1st century BC in the bay of Verige. We passed the personal villa of Tito, the Roman quarries, a 1600 years old olive tree, beautiful golf course and a part of the swamp. The train tour took about one hour and we finally ended up back at the start in front of Hotel Neptun.

    Standing in front of the train at Brijuni. Enjoying the ride ... We spotted some deers, great! Having a look at a zebra at the safari park. Some beautiful Roman remnants.
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    Brijuni Islands – Watch out how to go!

    by Jerelis Written Dec 31, 2014

    First of all let me start with a warning. Do watch out where you buy your tickets to the Brijuni National Park! We stayed in Fazana for two weeks and visited the charming fishing village numerous times. We already had our mind set on going to the Brijuni Islands and every time we passed the marina of Fazana at least three sales men on the streets asked us if we wanted tickets to the islands. By the time we wanted tickets we decided to go to the official Brijuni National Park office. The sales men at the marina saw us going into the office building and reacted a bit aggressive! But afterwards we were very glad we bought ticket via the official office. The tickets are a little bit more expensive, but they will take you to the largest and most interesting island called Veli Brijun. The other sales men offer cheaper tickets, but only a tour around the island by boat. Quite a major difference.

    The tour via the official office includes the boat journey to the island, a sightseeing tour by train to see for example the Roman villa from the 1st century, the safari park with beautiful exotic animals and Roman quarries. Besides that an English speaking guide took us to the Church of St. Germain, a 1600 year old olive tree and the Tito Museum.

    On our way to Brijuni by boat. The official ticket office in Fazana. Leaving the harbour of Fazana. Approaching Brijuni by boat. The boat that took us to Brijuni.
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    Charming Details

    by croisbeauty Written Sep 3, 2012

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    Houses inside the old core of the town, penned side by side, hide many charming details. When strolling around one has to be very curious and peek into into every corner. Lack of space at the penninsula called for creativity in finding solutions that at the end created so many enchanting details.

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    Exploring the Old town streets

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    Some of the streets in the old core of the town are so narrow, if you spread both of your hands you can touch the opposite walls. All you need to hope, when entering into it, that somebody isn't coming from the opposite direction.

    Narrow street
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    Exploring the Old town streets

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Must be very complicated moving mobiles in and out under such an short and not high passage. There are a number of such an short and small passages in the old core of the town. That makes the special charm of this place.

    Passage
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    Exploring the Old town streets

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    This is the same spot as the previous photo but reversing at the other side on the top of the street where the Cathedral is situated.
    In spite of the stone made houses and the walls aroud it, there are many gardens with lots of flowers and trees in it.

    snaped 2012 snaped 2003
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    Exploring the Old town streets

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Ova skalinada je savršeno mjesto za ljetni nocni party, nalazi se na krajnjoj istocnoj strani poluotoka tik uz more, što pretpostavlja da u vecernjim satima blagi povjetarac ugodno rashladjuje.
    Dobro društvo, ugodna muzika i hladno pivo, tko da poželi više od toga. Ah da, još i jedan komad pride (ovo komad možeš shvatiti u oba roda).

    Stara jezgra Rovinja
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    The loundry day

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Most of the streets in the old core of the town are short and very narrow, it is the way to be protected from the strong wind, called Bura, and the summer heat.
    Besides, it is a very practicle way to dry the loundry. You may like it or not but it gives a very pitoresque look of the town, which is very characteristic in whole Mediterranean area.

    The loundry day
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    Lim Fjord - Not Quite Norway.

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    According to the Lonely planet, the Limska Draga Fjord is the most dramatic sight in Istria. This is a bit of an exaggeration I think and there are several other places I would award this title to. In some sources it's described as the Limska Kanal and this is a more realistic description. A relic of the last ice-age, the inlet is about 9km long and 60m wide. Turning in from the sea it has little appearance of a fjord but as you move further in the cliiffs do become higher and more dramatic. Cruising along here in 20 degree Autumn sunshine is idyllic but if you're expecting a Norwegian-style fjord ( like a small optimistic part of me was) then you'll be a little disappointed. It's more like cruising up a river valley with high wooded escarpments on both sides. For some reason the Hudson River and the Danube kept coming to mind. The head of the fjord looks distinctly Canadian or Upper NY State, but what should have been peace, perfect peace was shattered by the roar of souped-up hotrods and the blare of their radios. We had a beer on the terrace of one of the restaurants and anticipated the journey back to Rovinj with pleasure.

    This trip, which lasted four hours, cost just EUR15 each and included free grappa, wine, water or orange juice.These liquid refreshments were served by a very entertaining Croatian who assured us he'd made them all himself. This guy was layng it on with a trowel for the tourists and us tourists, assisted no doubt by the free drink, were lapping it up. I sampled the wine and found it more like cider than any wine I was aware of. But the sun was shining and everyone was having a good time so I had one or two more ....... A great afternoon.

    Lim Fjord Happy punters on the Quo Vadis
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  • Postojna Jama (cave)

    by rob1951 Written Jul 27, 2009

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    Actually in Slovenia but offered as a day trip from Rovinj (and many other resorts).

    This is one of the best tourist caves anywhere, a lengthy trip starting with an electric train ride into the cave and plenty of variety inside.

    The bad news is that it's a long journey from Rovinj and the coach trips all seem to include a visit to the Lipica horse stud. I'm sure horsey types get very excited to see a horse standing on its hind legs and walking backwards but for normal people this is a complete waste of time. I guess they are trying to increase the interest of the trip and justify the legthy journey but I'd have preferred a visit to Predjama Castle instead.

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  • Baredine cave - speleo adventure

    by rob1951 Written Jul 27, 2009

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    The Speleo adventure is an approx 5 hour caving experience but the focus is on vertical rope techniques (abseil with mechanical descendeur and climb with mechanical prusik devices). Fine if you want to learn those techniques but most of the the underground trip is taken up with the vertical descents/ascents. The cave visited is rather uninspiring and won't spark an interest in going caving in future.

    You may be better to visit the Baredine tourist cave instead.

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