MEDULIN - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Medulin

Medulin is a popular tourist village just 9 km from Pula and 15 minutes' drive from Pula airport. The centre of the old village is on a hillside about 800 metres inland from the coast and has plenty of character with the narrow lanes and old stone building that are typical of the region. Today there are many shops and restaurants in this central area.


However the modern village is much enlarged and has extended down to the sea. Many modern new villas have been built in this area. On the coast overlooking the harbour there are numerous bars and restaurants and a delightful promenade along two sides of the bay with many small boats tied up on the quays and jetties. This is a lively area in the evenings. The harbour is separated from the main beach by a narrow peninsula covered in pine trees. The beach is sandy and very gently shelving so ideal for young children. But in peak season it will be busy. There are beach bars providing refreshment if you are having a day on the beach while boat trips out to the small islands in Medulin bay and other water sports are available from the harbour. The village has two large supermarkets on its outskirts as well as bakeries, coffee shops, souvenir and clothing shops. The regional centre Pula, with its famous Roman amphitheatre is easily reached by car or bus. The stunning and wild scenery of Rt Kamenjak - the tip of the Istrian peninsula - from where you can swim from the rocky headland or in quiet coves, is a 15 minute drive.


Pula

Pula is the main regional town in Istria, with a good selection of restaurants and an attractive shopping area. Walk through Pula and experience old town streets and squares some of which were there even in Roman times. The stunning amphitheatre is from the first century AD and ranks the sixth largest in the world. The town centre is about 10 minutes drive from Pula airport.


Pula Amphitheatre
Pula Amphitheatre

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 pensinsula 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

From the town of Fazana you can take a boat trip to the islands of Brioni, another national park area and formerly the summer residence of Yugolavia's President Tito.


Brioni Islands
Brioni Islands

The Istrian coastal towns

The west coast of Istria is within easy reach. Many of the towns on this coast are communities first established in the Roman era or earlier but the dominant influence that can be seen today is Venetian. Most of the major coastal towns were under the control of the Venetian Republic during the medieval period. At the northern end of the coast the charming town of Novigrad is worth visiting; it has an attractive harbour crowded with local fishing boats and an old town surrounded by fortifications and on the outer side (away from the harbour) a lungamare (promenade) providing a pleasant walk along the coast and an ideal place to sunbathe and swim.


Buje
Buje

Further down the coast Rovinj is unquestionably the most picturesque of the medieval Venetian towns on the Adriatic. Every guide book features the colourful facades of the tightly packed houses that encircle this tiny peninsula with the cathedral of St Euphemia and its dominating 60 metre bell tower standing over the town.


Rovinj
Rovinj

Other coastal towns well documented in guide books are Porec, Umag, Vrsar and Piran in Slovenia. On the east coast of Istria, Opatija provides a contrast with its grand villas built in the 19th century for the Austro Hungarian aristocracy, a delightful lungamare (promenade) and some fine restaurants.


Central Istria

Central Istria is often compared to Tuscany. The undulating landscape with vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and river valleys is studded with numerous hilltop towns and villages, many originating from the medieval period and earlier and almost all offering spectacular vantage points over the surrounding countryside. The guide books pick out the hilltop towns of Motovun and Groznjan but there are many others worth exploring and we will provide you with our own suggestions of places off the usual tourist routes that should not be missed. These medieval settlements have charming village houses, squares and alleyways and in towns like Oprtalj and Motuvun more imposing architecture and fortifications.


Oprtalj
Oprtalj
Motovun
Motovun

To the east side of Istria the old town of Labin and the hilltop village of Gracisce are worth visiting.


Excellent wines are produced in the area and well marked wine routes lead you through charming countryside to wineries where you can sample some of the best Croatian wines. Notable are the Kozlovic and Markezic wineries.



Our Villas in Medulin


Villa Aurora
Villa Aurora A pleasant, three bedroom, two bathroom, partially air conditioned villa with garden, pool, BBQ, outdoor terrace, parking for three cars, close to tennis courts, pet friendly.
Villa Alycia
Villa Alycia A newly built, air-conditioned luxury villa, two sitting rooms, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, basement games room, gym, garden, pool, BBQ, outdoor terrace, parking for four cars, close to tennis courts, pet friendly.


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