This unique little stone town near Rovinj is the perfect little Istrian getaway – it has something for everyone. The beautiful and romantic sunsets and the strolls along the narrow stone streets with an atmosphere of a long-gone era will delight the romantics and the history buffs, who will be particularly interested in the lapidarium, the castle and the town palace. Families with children will also love the nine-kilometer-long shoreline with extraordinary camps, especially as one of its distinctive features are the dinosaur footprints which you can explore swimming – Bale is the only place in the world with fossilized dinosaur remains preserved under the sea!
Although this is one of the favorite swimming spots for the people of Pazin and one of the most beautiful falls in Istria, you will easily miss it if you don’t pay attention to the signs on the road on your way out of Pazin. Swimming in this little lake with a cave and a fantastic fall is a unique experience. The route to the fall leads through a small forest along the river, which provided shade for all the locals who come to seek refreshment in the unforgettable cold water of Pazinčica in the hot summer months.
The sea is practically the synonym for the summer in Croatia – because who wouldn’t want to enjoy this kind of natural beauty. But the beautiful sea often makes us forget about falls – the fairy-tale-like places that offer refreshment that we so need in the hot summer months. The river Mirna is the richest Istrian river, and the abandoned village of Kotli was named precisely after the elliptical shapes (kotli) it created in the area around it. In the same area, the river has also created a fall and a natural pool which simply carries the name Slap (fall). I always love to come back to this place because it’s never the same: the more rain there is, the more magic. No wonder that both the village and the fall have a reputation of being the meeting place of fairies.