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Great Things to Do Near Rosina
Here, religious paintings, vessels, clothing and wooden sculptures are displayed alongside a collection of mummified bodies of saints. The church is open 0900-1900.
Wonder at the beautiful bell tower.
Built on the foundations of a pre-Romanesque church towards the end of the 1700's, it was modelled on that of St Mark's in Venice. The Vodnjan tower is now older than that of its Venetian counterpart because the latter collapsed early in the 20th century and was rebuilt.
Visit the Liburna Reserve,
the habitat of the original breed of donkey from the Croatian regions of Istria, Kvarner and Primorj. There are also nature-related workshops here you can participate in. Situated at Rasa, near Labin. (Open 0900-1200 & 1600-2000).
Mini Croatia, Rovinj.
Not so much a model village as a model country! See Croatia in miniature: the state borders, mountains, rivers, lakes, islands, railways and important cities. (Open 0800-2000).
Try and catch a performance at Pula's amphitheatre.
Artists such as Sting, Jamiroquai and James Brown have staged concerts here in recent years and it is home to the annual Pula Film Festival usually held in late July. What better venue?
Also in Pula, walk up to the old star-shaped fort - Kastel,
the central point of a spider's web of narrow streets, steep paths and alleys in the heart of the city. This vantage point affords great views out to sea, over the amphitheatre and across to the old Roman theatre.
Take a trip back in time - visit the Riviera Hotel in Pula.
Built in 1908 in ornate Belle Époque style, this was a 5 star hotel, a grand symbol of Austro-Hungarian rule. Here mingled officers, bohemians, Viennese ladies, artists and salesmen. It was the place to be seen. Sadly, although its waterfront façade maintains an imposing presence, the hotel is not what it was.
Cape Kamenjak is a nature park on the southernmost tip of the Istrian Peninsula,
to the south of Premantura. Indented with many coves, bays and beaches, the crystal clear sea here makes this an attractive point for a picnic. There is a nominal admission fee.
Head due north to nearby Svetvincenat and take time to stroll around this delightful little town
with its pretty main square, 15th century church of the Anunciation and 13th century castle with its magnificent lawned keep. There are a couple of bars with terraces here, so stop for a cool beer and watch the world go by.
In 24 tanks of varying sizes, discover the fish and other live organisms of the Adriatic Sea. (Open 0900-2200).
A great way to unwind! For children and adults alike! (Open 1100-0100.
Go to the Market
Vodnjan's market day is the first Saturday of every month, pretty much from dawn to dusk. Here you can purchase fresh food or traditional crafts and souvenirs. Or head down to Pula where there is a lively daily market with outdoor stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers and, next door an indoor hall with fresh fish, meat and cheese counters. You can also pick up honey, lavender bags and other locally made items. Afterwards, take a coffee on one of the nearby terraces.
Pay a visit to nearby Lim Fjord,
a protected landscape and special marine reserve situated between Rovinj and Vrsar. Canyon-like cliffs rising up to 150m above sea level flank this long, narrow inlet. A couple of restaurants are situated on the water front, such as the Viking (tel. 052 448 223) which offers dishes such as oysters on crushed ice or noodles with scampi and mushrooms.
Take it all off!
Croatia has been a popular naturist destination for a hundred years or so. There are a number of nudist beaches - try the one at Medulin. From the beach at Medulin head east towards the Kazela resort and the beach is on your right. Once on the beach turn left. It's a quiet, rocky, pebbly beach with no facilities.
Palud, between Rovinj and Barbariga is an ornithological reserve
and swamp area of great interest to bird watchers. It is the temporary or permanent habitat of more than 200 bird species.
Take a trip to the Brijuni Islands.
Once Tito's holiday home and the meeting place for the international jet set it is now the only national park in Istria. Principal of the 14 islands, Veliki Brijuni is the one to visit because of the diversity of its interests: see deer roam wild in beautiful natural parkland; Roman ruins; a safari park; beaches and traces of dinosaur footprints! You need to allow at least half a day for this excursion which involves taking a ferry from Fazana. (Information and booking tel. 052 525 807).
Narodni Muzej Labin.
The recent history of this town as a centre for coalmining is portrayed in the Labin National Museum as are historical events from the time when, in 1921, Labin was declared a republic. (Tel. 052 852 477. Open 1000-1300 & 1800-2000).
On the way to Labin, take a look at Rasa, the 'newest' town in Istria
Built in the 1930's, it was formerly swamp land at the mouth of the little Krapan stream which flows into the River Rasa from which it takes its name. Part of the Labin coal basin, an architect from Trieste outlined a model miner's settlement consisting of two nearly parallel lines of uniform two storey houses with four worker apartments in each, running along the valley floor. This neat layout can still clearly be seen today.
Fancy an hour's scenic walk?
Take the old mule path from Labin down to the sea at Rabac. This hillside pathway offers fantastic views out to sea across to the island of Cres. Once a quiet fishing village, Rabac is now a small resort with a broad sweep of pebbly beach backed with a number of informal cafes. Either side there are a number of delightful coves and inlets. Another path leads north towards the hamlet of Kosi.
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.