Bikes can be delivered on arrival on request and it is possible to have a car-free holiday. Cycle routes abound and the markets, supermarkets, restaurants, the beach nature reserves and forests are within 10 minutes of the house. Please note the last 100 metres to the house are uphill!
For excursions you can cycle to the main bus station and go all over Istria for a few kuna. Buses go to city centres avoiding parking problems in high season.
Bike hire: Bruno, email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +385 522 17874
Beaches: the Adriatic has the clearest, cleanest water in Europe and is great for sailing, diving and windsurfing. The beaches are mostly fine white stones and you will need flip flops or jellies.
Our nearest beach is at Pjescana Uvala, less than 5 minutes away by car. It has inflatables, pedaloes, restaurants, cafes, showers loos and two minimarkets, as well as our favourite tourist office, run by Ivana where you can register your stay, change money, book excursions and so on.
Many other secluded inlets are easily accessible.
On the way to Pjescana Uvala there is climbing and abseiling in the old quarry.
Nightlife: There are many open-air restaurants, and the fish restaurant at Buna Marina overlooks the quayside where there is live music and dancing. Teenagers have a great time at the discos and bars. Very safe.
There is a late beach bar at Pescana.
The day trip to Venice is highly recommended. Ivana can arrange. www.venezialines.com/eng and we have details of a guesthouse people have enjoyed which is central and not too dear.
Ai Scalzi: email: email@example.com tel: +39 041 715023
Dining: An excellent in house meal can be arranged with a local by arrangement.
Istria was Italian until the end of the Second World War when the Allies gave it to Tito as part of the new Yugoslavia in recognition of his help in defeating the Fascists. The Italian influence is everywhere and the standards of the restaurants and cafes are immaculate and good.
The local wine can be excellent – look for Merlot, Pinot and Teran
The House Book lists our favourites.
Our housekeeper offers a super meal created with produce from her smallholding and home made wine, which can be delivered to you at a very reasonable price.
The market in Pula (ten minutes from the house by car) has fresh meat, fish, cheese, pasta, fruit, vegetables, flowers and honey, most of it locally produced and organic.
The water is good to drink and makes excellent tea.
You may want to bring supplies of English tea, marmalade, soy sauce, curry paste, breakfast cereals and baked beans, but the shops are very well stocked with a good range of food.
Money: The local currency is Kuna, and you can change money at the airport, the hotels and tourist office or use the plentiful ATMs. Smaller shops and restaurants and the market stalls only accept cash.
For calendar availability and rates click here
For booking form, detailed information and rates e-mail Chris: ridleyUK@aol.com Mob: +44 (0) 7775 526 586