Vodnjan Travel Guide

  • The Saint Blaise Cathedral of Vodnjan.
    The Saint Blaise Cathedral of Vodnjan.
    by Jerelis
  • View at the large People Square.
    View at the large People Square.
    by Jerelis
  • The old city center at the marina area.
    The old city center at the marina area.
    by Jerelis

Vodnjan Things to Do

  • Writing

    I tried to decipher this carving but could not achieve it. What I have read : 1488 TALI ME DOMADA COME STO CHE MA...It seems to be written in the local istro rumanian dialect and should refer to the building of this house.

  • Carved window

    A little further, a Romanesque style carved window is standing. Is it really Romanesque, or has it been built later in the Romanesque style, I do not know, as I have not read anything on any Romanesque building in Vodjnan.

  • A well

    In the yard behind the Venetian gothic palace, the well looks ready to be used. However, I suppose that, just like everywhere else, it is actually not in use anymore and that the inhabitants prefer to use tap water ! Who would prefer to draw water out the well by hand power instead of turning the tap on the sink ?

  • Venetian gothic palace

    An inhabited Venetian gothic palace with a twinned gothic window. In the inside yard, mason are working (a cement mixer appears under the vaulted doorway). Once renovated, it will be even more magnificent !

  • Ulica Castello

    Further to Narodni trg, ulica Castello becomes even narrower than in its first part and a little section of it is a pedestrian only zone. At the other end, Ulica Castello opens on the ''piazza del Duomo'', where stand both the campanile and the cathedral.

  • The town hall

    The town hall stands on Narodni Trg / Piazza del Popolo (People's square). A full picture has been given in the introduction section. On this close-up the interesting wooden balcony and the three windows with ribbed vault are better seen.

  • Saint Blaise or chief gardener ?

    The statue of Saint Blaise, on top of the cathedral looked a bit strange. I shot this close up and discovered that it was holding a rake ! I suppose that a mischievous but vertigo free soul, climbed on top of the roof to put this rake as a bet and that nobody else dared climb to take it off.

  • Saint Blaise

    The Saint Blaise (Sveti Blaz) cathedral is very large : it can receive up to 1,000 persons in its nave. It was built by the Venetians following the model of the cathedral San Pietro in Castello in Venice.

  • The campanile

    The campanile of Saint Blaise (Sveti Blaz) is very high. It is said that it was possible to communicate by signs with Venice. I am afraid that now, because of global air pollution, it cannot be true anymore !


Vodnjan Transportation

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    by Jerelis Written Nov 25, 2014

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

    Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

    Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

    We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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    • Family Travel
    • Motorcycle

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Vodnjan Local Customs

  • Ožujsko, refreshing when ice cold.

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...

  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Croatia is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Croatia with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main...


Vodnjan Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Vodnjan What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written Nov 25, 2014

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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Vodnjan Off The Beaten Path

  • Fazana – Finding the real Fazana?

    During our second visit it was clear to us that we wanted to see the other part of town besides the marina area. To do this we can honestly state that the best way to explore Fazana 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...

  • Fazana – Don’t rush your visit.

    Although Fazana is quite small, don’t have the idea that you must rush Fazana on a budget. Via this way you will end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. My idea for seeing Fazana properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Fazana we saw on a city map that the city of Fazana is...

  • Fazana – Worth a visit.

    Once we visit a village we always love to loose ourselves in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes. During such a hike we always follow the streets that wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After such a stroll we reward ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that this is not quite the case in Fazana...


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