SVETVINCENAT - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

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.


Rovinj

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. The harbour is tightly packed with local fishing boats and the cafes on the harbour front are the perfect place to relax.


As you walk up the narrow cobbled roadways between the old stone houses every corner brings another scene that seems perfectly composed for a photograph; a glimpse into an ancient courtyard or the subtle fading paintwork on wooden shutters. Around one corner a lively konoba (bistro); around another a gallery with local craftwork.


Rovinj Harbour
Rovinj Harbour
Rovinj
Rovinj

Rovinj has classy cocktail bars and smart restaurants overlooking the bay as well as simple pizzerias and bistros down side streets. From the harbour there are excursions and taxi boats to nearby islands, notably Red Island, that are ideal for a day swimming and relaxing. There are also many beaches to choose from on the mainland shore. The "Blue Flag" beaches of Valalta and Villas Rubin and the beach in Lone Bay are amongst the most popular.


Activities

In the vicinity of Rovinj there are opportunities for tennis, paintball and rock climbing. Climbing is organised at Zlatni Rt on the caost and inland near the ruined fortified medieval town of Digrad in the Lim valley. The Lim estuary (Limski Kanal) is another place for a relaxing swim with excellent restaurants beside the beach.


Other coastal towns

Within easy reach of Rovinj are other attractive coastal town such as Vrsar and Porec. The inland hilltop town of central Istria such as Motovun and Groznjan are a short drive and provide a relaxing contrast to the coast with scenic landscapes, stunning views and many excellent restaurants.


Getting there.

Rovinj is 40 km from Pula airport and 150 kilometres from Trieste airport in Italy. There are regular ferries from Venice to Rovinj making it an ideal destination to combine with a couple of days in Venice. But day trips to Venice are also possible.



Our Villas in Svetvincenat


Villa Allegro
Villa Allegro A modern four bedroom, three bathrooms, air-conditioned Istrian villa in the heart of countryside, within easy reach of wonderful towns and beaches. The villa has a large garden, pool, and an indoor sauna, with high speed internet. Pet friendly.
Villa Brio
Villa Brio A modern four bedroom, three bathrooms, Istrian villa in the heart of countryside, within easy reach of wonderful towns and beaches. The villa has a large garden, pool, and an indoor sauna, high speed internet and partial aircon. Pet friendly.
Villa Presto
Villa Presto A modern three bedroom, three bathrooms, air-conditioned, within easy reach of wonderful towns and beaches. The villa has a large garden, pool, and high speed internet. Pet friendly.
Villa Scherzo
Villa Scherzo A modern three bedroom, three bathroom, air-conditioned, within easy reach of wonderful towns and beaches. Garden, pool, internet. Pet friendly.
Villa Cantabile
Villa Cantabile A modern three bedroom, three bathroom, air-conditioned, within easy reach of wonderful towns and beaches. Garden, pool, internet. Pet friendly.
Villa Mariella
Villa Mariella Two bedroom, two bathroom air-conditioned small village house of great charm. WiFi provided. Walled courtyard with outdoor table and a barbecue terrace. Child swimming pool provided.
Fig Tree Farmhouse
Fig Tree Farmhouse Fig Tree Farmhouse is a beautiful 300 year old stone farmhouse that has recently been renovated. Five bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Wonderful facilities for pampering; new natural salt pool, spa room, Jacuzzi and sauna. Lots of fun for children with pool toys, a playground with slides and a swing and an indoor pool table.
Villa Plum
Villa Plum A luxurious four bedroom, three bathroom villa in Istria, with a 55m sq swimming pool, stunning views and air-conditioning. Internet.
Villa Vincero
Villa Vincero A luxurious modern villa with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in the heart of Istria with heated swimming pool. Fully air-conditioned, WiFi, BBQ, jacuzzi, outdoor children's play area and tennis court. Pet friendly.
Parsley Cottage
Parsley Cottage A beautiful refurbished farmhouse in the heart of Istria with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and swimming pool. Fully air-conditioned, BBQ, pool table and WiFi.
Villa Cabernetti
Villa Cabernetti A modern, fully air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa, WiFi, heated private pool, walled garden, pet friendly. Heating and fireplace for year round rental.
Villa Pontanella
Villa Pontanella A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom fully air-conditioned modern stone villa with a garden and a heated pool, BBQ, WiFi, pet friendly. Heating and fireplace for year round rental.
Villa Hanni
Villa Hanni A five bedroom, three bathroom traditional Istrian stone house, with a walled garden, pool, BBQ, terrace, WiFi.
Villa Marika
Villa Marika A large, air-conditioned, 18th century stone farmhouse, newly renovated, 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, walled garden, pool, playground, WiFi, terraces, BBQ, table football, volleyball, mini football pet friendly.


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