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Bale & Istria

The beauty of Bale is evoked by its history, the landscapes, the coastline, the triumph of nature and its fruits, by the people and the love they share for this land.
The history of Bale consists of dinosaur fossil remains, estimated to be 130 million years old, as well as the yellow stone, remnants of old Venice.
The beauty of the coast lives in the crystal-clear sea and in the typical scents of the Mediterranean vegetation. The untouched nature is celebrated by 390 species of butterflies, which are difficult to find in other parts of the planet.

In anticipation of the completion of the hotel town project, the inhabitants of Bale, aided by the Mon Perin Company, will endeavor to bring to life these wonderful old sites so they could welcome all those wishing to touch the magnificent nature of this region and to inhale its spirit.

The streets of Bale

To walk down the streets of Bale listening to the history of Venice imprinted in the yellow stone.

This warm stone tells the story of the town which, despite its continuous development, is still deeply connected to its cultural heritage. The yellow stone of Bale, used in the construction of the historical town center and its main architectural features, is the same stone used in the 18th century in the construction of the most important palaces and churches of Venice.
The Bembo family, which governed the town of Bale during the Venetian rule (18th century), spent many decades using our town as their summer residence, and the main center for extracting the raw materials used in the construction of buildings.
The traces of this noble family are notable in the Bale town center where the Soardo-Bembo Castle is located, representing the center of the town and its artistic pride. 

The lions of Saint Mark, imprinted in the yellow stone of Bale, and still visible throughout the town, testify to the presence of the Venetian Republic in Bale. Its an important heritage guarded carefully by our community. The hotel town project will bring new life to this artistic and urban heritage because the historic core of the town will be the greeting point for all visitors.

Sea and nature

The coastline of the Bale municipality is a part of Istria still belonging to nature, not man.

With no hotels or edifices, Bale still evokes the old connection between the sea and the land. As a result of efforts of the Mon Perin Company, the coastline is maintained in its untouched state and meanders along crystal-clear waters with typical scents of Mediterranean vegetation.

To stroll through this region means to be a witness to a picturesque panorama overlooking the Brijuni archipelago where the light dazzles during sunsets, which are so spectacularly colorful that even Casanova wrote about them in his memories.

Experience the breath of our coastline

Butterflies

The butterfly is the symbol of the Bale municipality which is therefore known as the Municipality of butterflies.

The untouched nature of this region makes possible the survival of 390 species of butterflies, which are difficult to find in other parts of the planet.

Many of these species live on flowery meadows and offer a fantastic scene to everyone who wishes to record their flight or simply enjoy the splendor of colors that these magnificent creatures offer.

You can admire their beauty and the beauty of historical remnants associated with our region if you choose to take a bike ride along our bike trails, or a pleasant stroll down our pedestrian paths while being in touch with the scented nature.

Dinosaurs

In 1992, an incredible discovery on the seabed of the coves of Colona site confirmed an immeasurable historical and cultural wealth of the Bale region.

The fossilized bones uncovered evidence on the first inhabitants of our region: the dinosaurs. The Istrian coast is full of evidence of the existence of these creatures that lived more than 130 million years ago. The dinosaur traces were found on at least 17 different sites, but Bale is the only site in the world where the fossils were found on the seabed.

The most important finding is the only known finding of the skeleton remains of the species Histriasaurus boscarollii, known in the entire world because it is the oldest species of the genus Rebbachisauridae.

In our Ulika, a multimedia center located in the heart of Bale, you can admire the fossil remains of these incredible creatures of the past and find out more about how Istria looked like many million years ago.

Oil

The tastes and scents of the region and of the Bale’s tradition are combined in the various types of indigenous olive oil production, a symbol of sustainable agriculture and healthy diet.

The Bale’s oil is produced from the indigenous “Buza” sort of olives, whose usage dates back to the ancient Roman period when a legend claims, one could have negotiated the 7km distance from the town to the sea hopping from one olive tree to the next without touching the ground at all.

The love that the inhabitants of Bale have toward their region moved them to share its beauty with others. It will soon be possible to stroll down the olive groves, in which centuries-old olive trees grow, and enjoy the picking of this noble fruit.

Homesteads

The most brilliant example of the rural richness of the Bale region are the homestead buildings, stancije. These ancient homesteads were and are the heart of the agricultural production in the Bale region; they are the cradle of our oil, and especially our wine.

There are many vineyards throughout the Bale municipality in which the predominant varieties were grown are Malvasia and Istrian Teran but parts are planted with the Cabernet, Muscat, and Merlot varieties.

The Istrian wine has a full, aromatic and harmonious taste, like the land it comes from. These fine wines are perfectly paired with the local cheeses, and with the exquisite traditional Istrian cuisine.

The Bale families that lived on stancije were almost fully self-sufficient, and they represent the great historical, cultural, and developmental wealth of our region.

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