Jul 24, 2012

An Croatian vacation

Last year we went to Senj, which is also in Croatia. This summer we chose a little bit distant destination, Pula. Senj was 5.5 hours travel by car (500km), while Pula is about 6.5 hours (600km), so it was a quite exhausting drive with a 3 and a 4.5 years old children.

Pula is a small city, but the biggest in the peninsula with nearly 60.000 inhabitants. The city is to be located on the south part of the Istrian peninsula, near to Italy. It wasn't hard to recognize the similarities with neighboring country. You can easily feel it from the air, the style of the streets and houses if you ever been Italy. And they have got a coliseum.

Our tiny but tidy apartment was an small holiday resort called Horizont. We went in the pre-season, because it was a little cheaper, and we had a feeling about the good weather. We were right, because we could go to the beach every day during our vacation. The days were usually sunny, the nights warm, except 1-2 occasion when there were a little storm. The beach of this holiday resort was rocky, but we found one bay which was pebbly and better for the children.

My 4.5 year old daughter enjoyed very much swimming in the pleasant seawater, while my son didn't like the salt in it. At the and of our vacation my daughter was able to swim without any assistance, so I'm very proud of her.

We cheated a little bit, because we spent most of our days near to a pools of the holiday resort. There we could easily look after the children, when we could read and rest a while. Moreover there were active programs at the poolside for kids, which they enjoyed very much. The last week of our vacation there were a 30 minutes Mini Disco for them, which was they favourite program.

On our active days we visited the downtown and some sights of Pula

and also visited some nearby town as Rovinj
and Fazzana,

Tito's favourite island and summer residence, Brijuni 

and an 'green' peninsula Premantura.

It was a long trip with the chlidren but enjoyable

and relaxing holiday.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like a great place to hang out. Glad the weather was good.

ediFanoB said...

Great post! Looks like a nice place to have a good and relaxing time.

It seems you chose the right place for your family. I know from my own experience how difficult it is sometimes to find the right place for the kids AND the parents.

Zoltán Gecse said...

@Alex j. Cavanaugh: Yes, it was a great place, and we were very lucky with the weather conditions.

@ediFanoB: Not easy to find the optimal balance and organizing the things will fit everyone. My wife is an active tourist, she likes to visit famous or/and historical places, museums, etc. I'd prefer to relaxing or finding some pleasure (Last week we visited an aquapark, with many water-slides which I enjoyed very much). And the children are children. :)

Arlee Bird said...

An interesting look at a place with which I am totally unfamiliar. Looks like a nice place for a vacation.

; A Faraway View

nutschell said...

wow. looks like you had fun. love the pictures!

Zoltán Gecse said...

@Arlee Bird: Yes, it was a realy nice place.

@nutschell: And yes, we had lots of fun. :)