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South Istrian summer

by Gogo on August 3, 2010

in Tasty adventures

A bit of beauty and wonders of Nature I experienced last month in the surroundings of my hometown Pula.

Ever took a bath in a natural whirlpool bathtub made by waves? On the east Istrian coast, somewhere between Ližnjan and Šišan, there is a small gravel beach shielded from the open sea by an inclined rock. The water is shallow so it’s perfect for a lazy marination of your exhausted body and soul 🙂 But when bura is strong enough, the waves get enough energy to overpass the rock, turning into a strong sea water jet that creates millions of bubbles and strong currents. Who needs expensive spa & wellness treatments when they can be found for free?

Natural whirlpool

Near Ližnjan there are fields of intense red color descending to turquoise sea surface. Here, red onions of excellent quality are produced. The east Istrian coast is also great for off-road biking, with plenty of hidden beaches just for yourself and aromatic herbs that just wait to finish in the kitchen.

The red fields of LižnjanCrvena kapula iz LižnjanaHidden paradiseAromatic herbs along the coastline

Fažana is a small village just 10 km Northwest from Pula, famous for its fishing tradition and splendid sea promenade ideal for taking a drink during the sunset. It is settled just across Brijuni national park. Last weekend I was there to take a boat to Mali Brijun island where, in an old Austrian fortress, The Tempest from Shakespeare was staged by Ulysses Theatre.

The trip to the island was more fascinating than the play. During the sunset, I took a photo of two islands floating over the sea in front of Rovinj. The sky was full of fast moving clouds, the sea had color of mercury, the light was changing like in an amusement park. Finally, the sun went down. The boat was slowly approaching the island over which a dark cloud appeared with apparent intention to stay there. It seemed like we were haunted by the magician Prospero, main character of The Tempest, who raised a real tempest on the horizon quickly approaching to us.

Fažana in augustAfter the summer stormSeparationFloating islandsSunset over Mali Brijun islandThe tempest over Mali Brijun island

In the summer it is unthinkable not to go to the beach at the tip of Istria, in Rt Kamenjak Nature Park (here is my last visit in April).

Marine cave on Rt KamenjakGarigue on Rt Kamenjak

From Pula. A hidden backyard and a small garden so well protected from the cold winter winds that banana trees manage to grow.
The backyards of PulaBanana trees in Pula

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wineandfood4u August 12, 2010 at 13:29

dobre fotke majstore! 🙂 pozdrav

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Clem August 22, 2010 at 18:44

Great pix! I really have to take that boat and go to Brioni.

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Martina Mijuskovic September 15, 2010 at 21:45

I love these photos!!!!

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