Discover Istrian hidden gems

Bale & Istria


Medieval town Bale – Valle, situated at a height of 140 meters above sea level, lies half way between Rovinj and Pula. The town developed around the medieval castle of the Soardo and Bembo families in the 15th century. It is a typical Istrian town built on a hilltop with narrow streets and stone houses that create a special atmosphere.

It is an area of abundant natural resources, unspoiled nature, crystal blue sea and rich cultural and architectural heritage. Its story is not told only by cultural and historical monuments, but also by the fellowship of its citizens, their hospitality towards each guest and the positive atmosphere which has to be seen and experienced.

Located only 6 km away from the town centre is the 9 km long coastline, part of the campsites San Polo and Colone, which will dazzle you with its rich Mediterranean vegetation, crystal blue sea and amazing sunsets. Take with you the smells and tastes of traditional products – olive oil, wine and cheese and remember this little town at any time of the year- until your next visit.


Istria is the largest peninsula and the westernmost county of the Republic of Croatia. It is unique and magnificent, around which Adriatic sea has deeply etched itself into the land, sprinkling its jagged coastline with a thousand lagoons and islands, surrounded in the northeast by the mountains Ćićarija and Učka, with its  highest peak at 1401 meters above  sea level. Traces of human life in Istria date back to the prehistoric times. The first know inhabitants of Istria were the Histri, from whom Istria received its name. Numerous peoples and cultures, from Roman times to today, have left evidence of their cultures in the architecture, wall painting and in the rich church architecture. Valuable monuments of religious and secular architecture have been preserved from all periods.

Istria is spread over 2,820 square kilometers, with great diversity, from its interior with its gorgeous towns which seem to have sprouted up on the tops of the hills, fertile fields, rocky mountains, rich Mediterranean vegetation, vineyards and olive groves to the coast pounded by the clear blue sea. Discover the magic of coastal towns, listen to a fishing story and taste the tradition with a dish of sardines and a glass of local wine Malvazija.

“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.”
― Alan S. Kesselheim