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.


Watersports are plentiful in Medulin. Windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing and scuba diving are available. There are boat trips from Medulin harbour out to the small islands in Medulin bay where you can laze away the day sunbathing and relaxing over a long lunch in one of the beachside bars that prepare fresh grilled meat and fish. Croatian Villa Holidays can arrange full day private boat excursion to these islands and further afield allowing you to set your own agenda.


Getting there

Medulin is just 10-15 minutes from Pula airport so an easy taxi ride or a short journey by hire car.


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.


Fazana

A historic and picturesque centre, beaches, water sports restaurants and bars all within easy reach. Fazana villas are ideal for families wanting a destination that can offer something for all age groups.


Fazana is a gorgeous small town, full of colour and life and rich in history. There are numerous cafes and restaurants along its busy sea front looking out over the colourful array of small boats in the harbour. From here you can take a boat trip to the idyllic Brioni islands, once the summer home of Yugoslavia's President Tito. Fazana's history extends back 2000 years as it was an important economic centre in Roman times. The town is the perfect holiday destination as not only can you enjoy the picturesque centre of the old town but along the coast there are a series of excellent beaches. Villas in Fazana have the best of both worlds. You can walk from your villa to the centre of town for an evening out and are also just a few metres from the beaches where beach bars provide refreshment and, for thrill seekers, a range of water sports such as jet skis and paragliding are available.


Fazana harbour
Fazana harbour
Beach and coastal path in Fazana
Beach and coastal path in Fazana

Fazana is 8 kilometres from the centre of Pula with its museums and fine Roman amphitheatre, busy shopping streets and vibrant night life. Pula airport is just 13 kilometres distant so just a short taxi ride away.


One of the more unusual activities available in Fazana are the free course offered by the Small Fishing Academy Pilchard. Here you will learn all about fishing in the traditional way and have the opportunity to row a traditional Fazana fishing boat (batana).



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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