Saturday, 29 August 2009
During our stay in Istria, we were accommodated at Pjescana uvala , in Villa Kristina for the whole 2 weeks. It is a very lovely house, with great apartments and very lovely lady, owner, Suzanne, who lives in the Canada, BTW. The place was chosen by my sister, who has been there last year, accommodated nearby and who taught that it was a nice, small place, ideal for small kids and for a family to sleep and eventually go to the beach close to the house in the morning and just a 5 min. away from Pula. And she was right, only that this year, the place was crowded, so we happen to prefer to go somewhere else for swimming and enjoying the sea:) We've been changing the beaches, trying to find the best one and our favourite was Premantura, the farthest part of Istrian peninsula.
Premantura is a place on the southern part of Istrian coast, known form the Bronze Age as an important settlement. Premantura lies at the cape of the peninsula of Kamenjak, and in former times is famous as a nature park with the unique view on the Istrian coastal landscape. In this region are numerous protected plants and animal species.
It costs 20 Kunas (about 4 dollars) to get in with your car. The roads are all gravel and really rough, but the beaches are beautiful! There are a bunch of little bays and small beaches all over the place and it wasn't crowed at all. We loved the crystal water, beautiful stones and large green zone of shady pines, almost touching the sea.
Except for being a tourist resort, Premantura also boasts a long and narrow peninsula Kamenjak, the real pearl of this place, which resembles a hand emerging from the Adriatic. Cape Kamenjak, 9,5 km long and just 1,5 km wide, has been proclaimed a protected landscape area. Surrounded by the 30 km long coast with numerous gulfs, bays and white beaches washed by the crystal clear blue – green sea, Kamenjak leaves nobody indifferent. Abundant in typical Mediterranean low plant cover and macchia, pinewood and fertile fields, Kamenjak will enchant you with the real essence of the Mediterranean.
Marta finally learnt to swim without any swimming bands or rings, and she was basically in the water all the time, and the water temperature was just perfect.
Pablo loved looking for crabs.
And the smaller kids loved to play.....
At the southwest end of the cape, there is an interesting Safari Bar, Robinson style place, offering refreshments and snacks. Children will especially enjoy it here because of interesting and unusual installations, toys etc. Adventure guaranteed. Bar is also often visited by windsurfers who find this southern end of the cape very attractive, especially suitable for more experienced surfers.