Last year, I made a decision that, every summer, I would visit a city on our coast that I had not been to before. This year it came down to the west coast of Istria, meaning Savudrija, considered the westernmost point of Istria.
So I went there for a day trip, in order to get to know the place and the sights of this small fishing village. Walking with my friends along the shore and listening to the sounds of the waves, it was impossible not to notice the wooden lifts with which fishermen lift their vessels out of the sea during storms, in order to save and preserve them from the sea. These cranes are one of the recognizable signs of Savudrija and, as a local inhabitant told me, are even on the coat of arms of their Tourist Board.
Another, probably the most famous, symbol of the place is located on the same coat of arms – the very popular Savudrija lighthouse, the oldest one in Croatia, having been built in 1818. This active lighthouse is about 36 meters high and was built by the Austrian Count von Metternich, according to legend, for mysterious noblewoman he had fallen in love with. During the last days of the completion of the lighthouse, the noblewoman died and the grieving Count never visited the place again.
As soon as I felt hungry, I started off with friends in search of good restaurants and learned that Savudrija is known for its tasty wines that are plentiful in the numerous local trattorias we visited. The local red soil is responsible for the lovely wine while seafood is the most common delicacy eaten at every household there. Those in love with the natural beauty of the land and the sea can enjoy the historical monuments in Savudrija. There are numerous archaeological finds dating back to the Ancient, Roman and Medieval times.
Many of the villas, campsites and summerhouses along the sea, already brimming with tourists, caught my eye. All of them are surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation, lavender, palms, vineyards, olives and cypresses that offer a special atmosphere for a pleasant stay.
As I have noticed, the local mild sea currents and mild winds are an ideal prerequisite for water sports, such as windsurfing and surfing, and there was no lack of runners or cyclists in the city. Due to the very popular diving, which I did not dare do this time around, my plan is to return to this oasis of peace and rest.