LIZNJAN - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Liznjan

Liznjan is located at the southern end of the Istrian peninsula about 15 minutes drive from Pula and Pula airport. Liznjan is a charming agricultural and fishing village about one kilometre from the coast. The village has several small shops providing a wide range of groceries as well as fresh bread and vegetables. There are several restaurants and cafe/bar. The tourist trade is restricted mainly to bed and breakfast and private apartments rental. The neighbouring village of Medulin (less than 2 kilometres distant) has a much more extensive tourist trade with several hotels and a wider range of shops, bars and restaurants. A number of activities are available locally including tennis and riding. There are well market cycle routes and some delightful country and coastal footpaths. There are scuba diving schools in Pula and Medulin.


Liznjan Village scene
Liznjan Village scene
Liznjan small church
Liznjan small church

Nearby Pula has a summer film festival and regular concerts (pop and classical) in the atmospheric Roman arena in Pula. Nightclubs can be found in the neighbouring village of Medulin and in Pula.


Eating out

Local restaurants in Liznjan and Medulin offer a varied menu including excellent seafood whilst in Pula there are several restaurants offering first class cuisine and fine wines.


Beaches

There are many delightful spots to swim around Liznjan Bay. In the bay below the village there is a popular swimming area for families with children as it has sheltered shallow water and a sandy bottom. A short walk or drive around the bay will bring you to many other swimming areas; one with a grove of pine trees providing shade from the midday sun and another with an ancient stone quay offering a good spot for jumping and diving into the water. Other stretches of coastline that can be reached only by farm tracks (we will give you directions) will take you to more secluded shingle bays with crystal clear water which are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.


Sandy beach on Island of Levan
Sandy beach on Island of Levan
Beach near Liznjan
Beach near Liznjan

The small island of Levan which is just a few hundred metres offshore has a wonderful golden sandy beach and a couple of beach bar/restaurants serving drinks and freshly grilled fish and meat; a taxi boat can take you from the mainland to the beach. In nearby Medulin there is a sheltered sandy bay with very shallow water that is ideal for young children. The rocky promontory of Rt Kamenjak (the tip of Istria is a national park and offers a great choice of beaches.


Pula

Pula is the main regional town in Istria, with an attractive shopping area, spectacular harbour, lively night live, amazing history, many restaurants and cafes and wonderful beaches. Walk through Pula and experience old town streets and squares some of which were there even in Roman times. The stunning Roman amphitheatre is from the first century AD and ranks as the sixth largest in the world. The amphitheatre or "Arena" is still used for concerts (classical and pop), for gladiatorial re-enactments and for showing Pula's annual film festival. Watching one of these events under the night sky and from the same stone seats that were being used 2000 years ago is a unique experience. The amphitheatre is open to the public daily (pulainfo.hr). Other Roman monuments in Pula include a Triumphal Arch at the entrance to the main shopping street. . The museum is full of artefacts and stonework from Roman times. The Forum, a square surrounded by Roman and renaissance architecture, is a delightful spot to relax over a coffee or a cool drink.


Pula Amphitheatre
Pula Amphitheatre

Istria is an integral part of Croatia's move into the music festival market. The 19th-century fort of Punta Christo, outside Pula, will echo to the throb of sound systems during the Outlook festival at the end of August each year.


Pula is an important port and industrial centre and the shipyard with huge ships under repair and construction right on the harbour front and with its cranes illuminated at night, provides an unusual back drop to this historic town.


Beaches

There are excellent beaches on the many peninsulas and bays around Pula, notable are Stoja, Veruda, Verudela and Pjesana Uvala. A little further out of town the nature reserve of Rt Karmenjak on the very tip of the Istrian peninsula provides kilometres of unspoilt coastline and many bays or rocky headlands where you can swim in the crystal clear sea.


Bay in Premantura
Bay in Premantura
Jumping at Rt Kamenjak
Jumping at Rt Kamenjak

Brioni islands

The nearby Brioni islands are a national park area and formerly the summer residence of Yugoslavia's President Tito. During Tito's era many world leader visited this pretty group of small islands which Tito populated with exotic wild animals to entertain his guests. Today visitors can stay in the hotel on the islands or make boat trips from Pula harbour or from the town of Fazana.


Brioni Islands
Brioni Islands

Getting there

Pula airport is just 10 minutes drive from Pula centre. There are direct flights from the UK and most European countries including Scandinavia, Russia and the Ukraine. There is a ferry service from Venice and good motorway links through Slovenia onto the Italian and Austrian motorway networks.



Our Villas in Liznjan


Liznjan Villa
Liznjan Villa Charming stone Villa with pool. 3-4 bedrooms. Air-conditioned. WiFi. Views to Adriatic. Shops and restaurants within walking distance. Golf course area.
Villa Marlera
Villa Marlera A stunning three bedroom, two bathroom villa with pool. Built in natural stone and in the traditional style on the outskirts of the village of Liznjan. Walking distance of the coast, shops and restaurants. WiFi.
Villa Lanterna
Villa Lanterna A three bedrooms two bathroom old restored lighthouse at the very southern tip of Istria. Totally romantic and luxurious, very private and looking at the open sea. Close to a village with all the amenities and beaches. Wi Fi internet. Pets welcome.
Zephyra Villas
Zephyra Villas Seven almost identical newly built stone villas with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. High spec finish, fully air-conditioned, WiFi, each with own pool and garden. Pet friendly. 2.5km to a sandy beach. Close to shops and restaurants.
Villa Lisa
Villa Lisa A comfortable, air-conditioned, family villa in a fishing village, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, garden and pool, BBQ, WiFi, parking, pet friendly. Large sandy beach 2.5km away. Closest beach 700 metres.
Villa Istriana
Villa Istriana A lovingly renovated, air-conditioned, character village house/maisonette, 2 bedrooms, shower room, separate toilet, balcony with amazing 180 degree sea views, satellite TV, WiFi, great for horse riding. Street parking.
Villa Zelda
Villa Zelda 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom fully air-conditioned Villa with WiFi, own pool and garden. 2.5km to a sandy beach. Close to shops and restaurants.
Villa Istriana II
Villa Istriana II A lovingly renovated, air-conditioned (3 units) authentic Croatian village house/maisonette, 4 bedrooms, 5 shower rooms, TV, WiFi, BBQ, water sports, horse riding. Roof terrace. Sea views. Street parking.


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