Melissa

Istria

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  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room (Sat TV, DVD, WiFi, fireplace, doors to front and rear terraces). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Cloakroom (WC). Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to garden. Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace. Double bedroom (A/C). Bathroom. Central heating.
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom.
  • Outside: Sun terrace. Shaded dining terrace. Barbecue. Garden with lawn and rockery. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with side Roman steps.

This stylish residence offers a quintessential Istrian experience. Thoughtfully designed around the inviting private swimming pool, not only are standards of comfort, furnishing and finishing uniformly high but there is the added convenience of being within walking distance of good amenities.

Vaulted beamed ceilings, polished floorboards and exposed stonework add oodles of Croatian character alongside modern conveniences including WiFi and air conditioning in each bedroom (and the living room).

Outside, a pergola-shaded terrace, rockery/flower beds and a mature olive tree populate the garden with a lawn providing ideal play space for younger party members.

Once an important Venetian military centre, the little fortified town of Sveti Lovrec houses two minimarkets and several bars. Rovinj, Porec and various well-kept, pebble beaches grace the nearby coastline.

  • Please note: Arrival time at Melissa is between 16:00 and 19:00.
  • The property owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.

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Great Things to Do Near Melissa

The Limski Kanal

Pay a visit to nearby Lim Fjord, a spectacular protected landscape and special marine reserve situated between Rovinj and Vrsar. This long, narrow inlet is bordered by wooded, canyon-like cliffs rising up to 150m above sea level. It is said that one flank of this canal is populated by deciduous trees, the other by evergreens. A couple of restaurants are situated on the water front, namely the Viking which offers dishes such as oysters on crushed ice or noodles with scampi and mushrooms and the Lim Fjord (tel. 052 448 222).

Fish and Shellfish Cultivation

Platforms in the fjord betray the farming of oysters, mussels and fish such as bream and sea bass, encouraged by underwater freshwater springs which render the water partially brackish.

Palud

Palud, between Rovinj and Barbariga, is a swamp area and ornithological reserve of great interest to bird watchers. It is the temporary or permanent habitat of more than 200 bird species. In addition, turtles, eels and lizards inhabit the area.

Vrsar

Vrsar, at the northern mouth of the Limski Kanal is often overlooked because of the larger towns of Rovinj to the south and Porec to the north. The old town however, atop a hill, is a beautifully kept architectural gem with a number of brightly painted buildings chaperoning the citadel (kaštel), once the summer residence of Porec bishops. Look for the relief of a lion on the stone slab above the old town gate.

Eufrazijana

Head west to the historic town of Porec and specifically to the Basilica. Here from the beginning of July to the end of August enjoy a classical concert in the serene surroundings of the beautiful basilica.

Porec Annals - Art with a View

This annual art exhibition is one of the longest established in Croatia. Held in the spectacular historic Parliament Building in August and early September it features work by emerging Croatian artists who are supplied each year with a particular topic. Previous themes have been art and mythology, and 90’s Baroque.

Porec Go-Karting

A great way to unwind! For children and adults alike! (Open 1100-0100). There is also kart-cross here with a 1km track, illuminated at night, with water sprinklers! Take the main road out of Porec heading north towards Novigrad and you’ll see the venue on your right. www.kart-cross.net, tel 052 622 6320.

Take a Coffee!

Café bars are everywhere in Croatia and without exception serve excellent coffee, always in the correct cup for the drink ordered. Taking a coffee is part of Istrian and Croatian identity, it marks the beginning of the day, nurtures friendship and business relationships and should you be invited for a coffee it may not necessarily mean actually drinking coffee, it’s more a euphemism for a chat over a drink of any kind!

Fancy a tipple?

The Radovan vineyard in the village of Radovani produces and sells some highly renowned wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Teran, Chardonnay and Malvzija Istarska. It’s on the right hand side as you drive into the village from the main road which runs between Baderna and Vižinada, you’re always welcome for a tasting! Tel.052 462 166.

Get Your Kicks... On Route 66

For a beautiful scenic drive, take the road no. 66 north east along the coastline of the Kvarner Riviera. Start from Barban, passing through Raša, Labin, Plomin, Mošcenicka Draga, Lovran, Opatija and round to Rijeka. Any of these places would make a good stop for a drink or a meal. Return to your house taking the inland route via the Ucka Tunnel (toll payable). You will need to allow at least half a day for this.

Go diving!

Crystal clear waters, underwater plant life, rock formations and sea life are all irresistible reasons to discover the ocean. Off the coast of Rovinj, explore the sunken shipwreck Baron Gautsch, said to be one of the 50 most beautiful diving sites in the world!

Purchase Your Daily Bread!

Bread in Istria is delicious. Many varieties are readily available in dedicated bakeries, mini markets and supermarkets, always freshly baked every day. You’ll find white and brown loaves and rolls, many seeded or with nuts, the range is endless. Brioche and croissants are also plentiful. Many restaurants or konobas bake their own fresh bread such as the Istarska Konoba at Bui?i, on the right hand side as you head towards Pore?, on the road from Žbandaj.

Etnografski Muzej Istre/Muzej Grada Pazina (Pazin’s Ethnographic and Town Museums)

Both housed in the medieval castle, there is an ethnographic collection representing traditional Istrian life as well as a display of archaeological finds from the area. (Tel. 052 622 220, open 1000-1800). By the way, Pazin’s market takes place on the first Tuesday of the month. Pazin is Istria’s administrative ‘capital’.

Go To Hell!

More accurately, visit Pazin Castle, a 16th century structure standing on the remains of its 10th century predecessor. It overhangs a gorge into which the river Pazin?ica disappears, supposedly the inspiration for Dante’s description of the Gateway to Hell in his Inferno as well as a major scene from Jules Verne’s 1885 novel Mathias Sandorf.

Scenic Drive

South east of Pazin, take a drive on road number 64, specifically the stretch between the villages of Gracišce and Pican. From these two vantage points, absorb the unique panorama of the valley from which Mount Ucka, the highest peak in Istria, rises (to 1,396 metres).

Gracišce

is a charming hilltop village offering magnificent views. Wander around its largely deserted lanes and look for the Romanesque gates set in the town walls and, just inside, its loggia dating from 1549. Nearby is the church of Sveta Marija, a square structure with portico and belltower and frescoed walls inside. Notable amongst the other churches is that of Sveta Eufemija with its 14th century crucifix, though largely rebuilt in the 1500’s. Look for the Masonic headstones with their ‘secret’ symbols some, intriguingly, with British names.

Pican

The little walled town of Pican was a bishop’s see from the 5th to the 18th century and, at the time, Istria’s smallest diocese. It has well preserved town gates dating from the 14th century and boasts some lovely medieval buildings. Views across central Istria's countryside are spectacular on a clear day. A festival celebrating Istrian legends, tales and myths is held at the end of July and at the beginning of August. The tiny Romanesque Church of St. Michael from the 13th century is situated at the top of 365 meters high Calvary Hill (Kalvarija), next to the cemetery. Being located on a hilltop, its natural viewpoint offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area.

Dubrova Mediteranski Kiparski Simpozij (The Dubrova Mediterranean Sculptors’ Symposium).

This is a nature park just north of Labin where, year after year, sculptors come from all over the world to enrich the existing collection of Istrian stone sculptures, leaving behind tangible examples of their creative work.

Try a Pizza!

Pizza in Istria is excellent and the real deal. Think large with a thin crust base, a variety of toppings, and baked in a wood-burning oven. Pizzas in Croatia are great value depending on size and the choice of toppings. The normal size pizza is big enough for two. Pizzerias also often serve grilled meats, salads, pasta, and risottos. Another Italian legacy! The Pizzeria in Sveti Lovrec is an excellent example!

Labin Art Republika

Head due east to the medieval hilltop town of Labin. Once a coalmining centre, in recent years it has transformed itself into a centre for the arts. Every Thursday or Friday from 8pm there are live performances, theatre productions, ateliers with artists in action and authentic crafts for sale at street stalls.

Nearby

Towns

Porec 15 mins
Rovinj 25 mins
Novigrad 30 mins
Motovun 30 mins
Groznjan 30 mins
Pula 35 mins

Beaches

Porec 15 mins
Rovinj 25 mins
Medulin 35 mins
Rabac 55 mins

Airports

Pula 30 mins
Trieste 95 mins
Ljubljana 120 mins
Times are approximate

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