Premantura is surrounded by nature not many places can boast of. South of the town is Cape Kamenjak – a protected landscape 9.5 km long, 1.5 km wide, with altogether 30 km of indented coastline. No place in the world is the sea so blue-green, so clean as here at the southernmost tip of Istria. There are plenty of rocky beaches, as well as pebbly coves. On a relatively small area there are 530 plant species and among them 20 orchid species, some of which are endemic. For this reason there are no campsites on this cape, hotels or any other type of structures.
The greatest part of Premantura’s accommodation offer is concentrated in four well-equipped campsites. The best way to experience this unique landscape is in direct contact with nature. Your hosts also offer private accommodation in apartments. If you are looking for Robinsonian adventure there is a unique and special offer – lighthouse on the small island Porer that may be rented in summer. When visiting Cape Kamenjak, don’t miss its southernmost tip where a great attraction is jumping into the sea from high cliffs with torches.
Premantura is a unique experience, not simply one of the places to rest. Owing to the favorable winds it is ideal for water sports in summer, but also until late autumn. At the end of October the attractive meeting of windsurfers – Hallowind takes place. For those who wish to dive into the fascinating underwater world, there are many diving centers in town.
This is one of the few destinations with a beach for the visually impaired. It is important to stress that Premantura provides a private dialysis clinic so it is suitable for guests needing such treatment.
Premantura is a small town offering many surprises. Premantura is an adventure.
An undevelpoed protected nature reserve, Kamenjak showcases a carpet full of health plants, shurbs and wildflowers criss-crossed by a maze of dirt tracks running through it all. It′s fringed by a string of peeble bays and secluded rocky beaches, surrounded by crystalline blue-green sea.
Its get busy in summer but there′s always an empty beach to escape to, plus a fun beach bar for socialising.Lonely Planet, 20 June 2012.
It is a place where the royalty enjoyed, dispensing hospitality, where the emperors relaxed, where artists created, where pirates were hidden and where people worked and share. Green rolling hills separated by river valleys shrouded in densely wooded glades of oak, fertile plains of rich russet red earth supporting vines and olive groves, fortified Venetian towns, impregnable medieval hilltop towns largely undiscovered by the tourist hordes – it is difficult to encapsulate Istria in just one sentence.
Comparisons are inevitably drawn with Tuscany and, as recently as 1945, Istria was ruled by Italian masters; as a result many Istrians speak the language fluently. The names of towns and streets are often in two languages; Rovinj becomes Rovigno in Italian and Poreč is Parenzo. Yet Italy is just one part of the historical fabric here. Traces of Roman architecture rub shoulders with the Gothic, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Slavs, Venetians, ancient Greeks and the dual monarchy of Austro-Hungary have all left their imprint in the fertile soil. Few places in Europe can boast such a wide range of influences within such a small region.
Notwithstanding its almost unbroken border of water and stone, however, historically Istria has never been an isolated territory. In Istria borders were always considered something to overcome or to cross, not something that definitively separated: worlds on both sides of the border should integrate, thereby enriching each other. Istria is the biggest Croatian peninsula situated on the north-west part of the country. The territory is spread over 3000 km2 and with almost 2000 km of roads.
National park Brijuni islands – an archipelago comprising 14 islands and islets along the south-west coast of Istria, also known as Tito’s islands. Natural park Rt Kamenjak – the southernmost peninsula of Istria wild and unattached, long “finger” jutting into the Adriatic and surrounded by a number of islets.
The westernmost County of the Republic of Croatia, the largest peninsula of the Adriatic
2.820 km2 (triangle: Dragonja, Rt Kamenjak, Ucka)
200.000, predominantly catholics
445,1 km (well-indented coast is twice as long as the road one) The western coast of Istria is 242,5 km long, with islands 327,5 km (178,1 M). The eastern coast of Istria is 202,6 km long, with the pertaining islets 212,4 km (114,5 M)
Mild, Mediterranean climate (warm and dry summers, mild and pleasant winters) Average amount of sunshine: 2.388 hours. Owing to the day’s length and plenty of clear days throughout the summer it has the longest isolation with a daily
average of 10 hours in Istrian seaside resorts. Characteristic winds are “bura”
(wind blowing from the north to the south, bringing clear weather), “jugo” (south, warm wind bringing rain) and “maestral” (summer breeze blowing from the land to the sea)
Istria is the largest green oasis of the North Adriatic. The coast and the islands are covered with pine woods and easily recognizable green macchia. The main specimens of macchia are Holm oak and strawberry trees. 35% Istria is covered with forests
Mirna, Dragonja and Rasa
The lowest sea temperature is in March ranging from 9.3 C up to 11.1 C and being the highest in August when it reaches 23.3 C and 24.1 C; salinity amounts approximately to 36 – 38 pro mille
Pazin, 9 000 inhabitants
Pula, 82 000 inhabitants
Pula, the biggest town, is situated on the south-western part of the Istrian peninsula. The Romans built the city as a copy of Rome
History of Pula began approximately 3000 years ago when on a hill where it is today Castle created the first settlement, Fort Histrians.
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From then until now Pula, to be exchanged by many rulers. Through most of its history, Pula is experiencing a number of peaks and lows, which lasted until the mid 20th century when it began an uninterrupted continuous development.
On seven hills, with the amphitheatre Arena which hosted gladiatorial contests in front of an audience of 20.000 spectators.
The little Roman Theatre
The Forum with the temple of August erected in 2BC.
The remaining of the temple of Diane nowadays incorporated into the city hall -the Triumphant Arch of the Sergi erected in 2 BC.
The Twin gates The Gate of Hercules with the city walls.
There are many other cultural monuments preserved:
The church of St. Marie Formosa
a French fortification in the centre and many Austro-Hungarian near the coast
The Archaeological Museum exhibits history to the middle ages.