This small town just outside of Pula is an absolute gem - full of medieval winding streets, beautiful churches and stunning architecture. It also contains the fascinating church of St Blaise (home to six mummified saints), and the best restaurant in the whole of Istria (so we thought anyway!) The restaurant is called Vodnjanka and is definitely worth sourcing out for an authentic Istrian meal in a friendly place, full of locals, and with excellent service.
Vodnjanka: Istarska b.b., 52215, Vodnjan
+385 52 511 435
There are many little bays and coves in the nature reserve of Lower Kamenjak but Lampajina is probably the most stunning of its beaches. You'll find laminated white rocks offering natural sun lounging by the emerald waters of the Adriatic Sea, and a spot where locals cliff dive from a height of about 10 metres. The nearby Safari Bar is a classic, with its “Lord of the Flies” kind of atmosphere - the food in general might not be great but the calamari sandwich is worth the wait. It's also a good place to hide from the throbbing heat.
Tomaso restaurant is by far the best place we ate in the whole of Croatia. It's situated in the lovely historic town of Pula on the Istrian coast. It was recommended to us by the tourist office but only after we begged the woman to tell us somewhere where we could get real,wholesome, traditional Croatian food. Situated on one of the main roads leading out of the city, Tomaso is small and easy to miss so keep an eye out. This locals hangout is unlike many of the other restaurants in town without a pestering maitre'd or menu catered to tourists. It dished up fresh homemade meats,oven baked vegetables and creamy pasta style dishes but in a way like I have never tasted before. My boyfriend was a vegetarian but things changed after our first visit here. However they do vegetable options too. Avoid the expensive pizza places on the strip in the main town and head here for a real, authentic taste of Croatian food and culture. Every time I come back to Pula, Tomaso is the first place I hit up, knowing it will be my best meal in the country. (£3-£10 per person)
11 Zagrebačka, 52100, Pula, Croatia
+385 (052) 216027
Google map: bit.ly/Ii7t6U
A villa that I rented which is based in Zminj. Closest airport is Pula. It's a one-bedroom villa with private pool, so perfect if you want to get away from it all, but don't want to stay in a hotel.
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