subota, 10. travnja 2010.

Dinosaurs park Funtana

In Funtana, small touristic village on west coast of Istria, you can find an interesting entertainment park: Dinosaurs park Funtana! Dinosaurs are there made life-size, and even screem and move when you come closer. There are about 20 species, as large as small, and around of them are set up toys for children and benches. And to make the experience complete, you can visit an magic performances show. A must visit if you are in that area.

četvrtak, 22. listopada 2009.

Krsikla - small village in heart of Istria

If you take a winding road behind Pazin toward the interior of Istria, you can reach the small picturesque town Kršikla. Through you can enjoy the breathtaking views and panoramas. The view of the church in Krsikla with lake Butoniga in the background, will leave you breathless. Far from civilization, peace and quiet, cypress trees around the church of Sv. Cosmas and Damian from 19th century. The interior of the church hide Glagolitic inscription, and a little further, in a populated part of the village, you can find a stone rectory table. Kršikla and the area surrounding it, is ideal place for escaping from everyday stress.

četvrtak, 4. rujna 2008.

Lim bay, Rovinj

Lim bay, Lim channel, or Lim fjord is part of the 35 km long Limska draga hollow that stretches almost to the town of Pazin in the very heart of Istria. The channel itself is over 10 km long and surrounded on both sides by steep hills that can reach up to 100 m in height.

The water in the bay is partly brackish, because of its underwater sources of sweet water and it is thus suitable for the growth of plant and animal life and it is also a well-known fish and oyster farm (oysters, mussels, giltheads, sea basses.). All these delicacies can be tasted in two restaurants on the very coast of the bay.

Free climbing lovers will find a suitable cliff on the northern side, where during the summer time fans of this extreme sport are doing their daily climbing tour.

On the southern side of Lim bay, nearby the quayside and the restaurant, some hundred meters high, Romualdo's cave is located, where during the 11th century and later chuch ceremonies were held. Two years ago the Romualdo cave was cleaned and opened for public, including the possibility of an organized visit with a guide.

Forty years ago, a movie on Vikings was made here, «The Vikings», with Kirk Douglas in the leading role. Closeby, Dvigrad is located, a small mediaeval town which is certainly worth a visit.
Lim Fiord has protected landscape status and thus the driving of motor crafts, fishing or diving is strictly forbidden.

Pictures of Lim bay:
Lim bay

utorak, 19. kolovoza 2008.

Zarečki krov, Pazin

Zarečki krov (Zarečje's roof) is one of the waterfalls on the Pazinčica stream. All waterfalls on Pazinčica have this characteristic shape - a cave below the waterfall. That's why they are all called "roofs". This is the biggest of all "roofs", and also the most beatifull. Zarečki krov is also popular swimming and waterpolo place, and because of cave below and high clifs it is also nice climbing place. If you want to visit it, take the old road from Pazin toward Cerovlje, and just after last houses of Pazin, on the left side is a tiny road that takes you to this beautiful waterfall.

Pictures of Zarecki krov:
Zarecki krov Pazin

srijeda, 23. srpnja 2008.

Vampire bar in Kringa, Tinjan

The vampire of Kringa first appeared in text form in 1689. The Kringa vampire story evolves around a Kringa inhabitant by the name of Jure Grando (Giure Grando). For 16 years after his death and burial in Kringa Jure Grando terrorised Kringa, notably his widow ( who as legend would have it was forced to continue fulfilling her marital duties) other Kringa residents and relatives were molested. Rumour has it that the vampire of Kringa, Jure Grando , would rome the streets of Kringa at night, knocking on doors, these residents who answered would soon after die. In 1672 nine Kringa villages decided enough was enough, carrying the cross, lamps and hawthorn stick they went to the grave of Jure Grando. On opening the grave it is said that the body was intact and was lying still staring up at them. The 9 Kringa villages attempted to destroy the body. There first attempt of driving a hawthorne stake through him failed but eventually and after some exorcism prayers, the body of Jure Grando was decapitated by Stipan Milasic with a saw, the vampire screamed and blood started to flow, and soon the entire coffin was full of blood. In 1656 the vampire of Kringa died , but it was not till 1672 was decapitated as a vampire in .In the village of Kringa amongst the many stone cottages you will see large crosses erected for defence and the local bar is aptly named the vampire bar.

Sitting in a red velvet chair in the "Vampire" bar, decorated with garlic wreaths and lamps with crosses, Mladen Rajko explains how local tourist authorities launched a project last year called "Jure Grando, the Vampire from Kringa".
"No one is claiming that vampires or evil forces exist, all we want is to promote a documented legend in order to boost what we can offer tourists," says Rajko, head of the nearby municipality of Tinjan.

Visit Vampire bar in Kringa by tourning right on the road Poreč-Pazin, just before Tinjan and folow the signs.

Vampire bar Kringa

Video of dance performance in interior of Vampire Bar:

utorak, 22. srpnja 2008.

The Istrian mummies in Vodnjan

Vodnjan is a sleepy Istrian village that contains one of the region's most macabre sights. There's not much to see in the tiny town except for the Baroque 18th-century Church of St. Blaise (sveti Blaž). Pleasant enough on the outside, it's the interior that draws visitors.

Behind the main altar of lie the desiccated remains of six saints that were, in effect, mummified. The clothed bodies of St. Leon Bembo, St. Ivan John Olini, and St. Nicoloza Bursa, as well as assorted parts of three other saints, lie enclosed in glass. For unknown reasons, the bodies and body parts failed to decompose. The skin and nails darkened and dried, making the corpses look curiously wooden. In addition to the "mummies", the church reliquary contains 380 relics enclosed in glass, including the undecayed tongue of St. Mary of Egypt.

It is believed that the body of St. Nicolosa, Benedictine nun who died in Venice in 1512 is the best preserved mummy in Europe. Bioenergy healers have proved that the body of Nicolosa Bursa emits a 32-meter bioenergy circle. It is also said that there have been 50 miraculous healings in the body's close proximity.

The collection of mummies was brought to the church in Vodnjan 180 years ago, when fleeing from the perils of war it was brought from Italy by Gaetano Gresler. How these bodies, which were not embalmed, have failed to decompose and have been preserved until today (the oldest dates from the end of the 12th century) - still remains a mystery.


petak, 27. lipnja 2008.

Safari bar, Rt Kamenjak, Pula

Rt Kamenjak is the southest point of Istrian peninsula. It is located in Premantura, a beautiful turistic place, 10 minutes of ride from Pula. On Kamenjak you can enjoy in clearest waters, canions and magnificent view, and beaches are never crowded. At night you can refresh yourself at unique caffe bar "safari bar" all made of natural materials that even offers fun for the youngest, great sangria and posibility to enjoy the magical stary night not "infected" by the city lights.
Pictures of safari bar:
Kamenjak & safari bar

Video from Rt Kamenjak: