The stone town of Bale
One of the most beautiful Istrian pearls is the town of Bale located close to the western Istrian shore. This historical stone town was built on a hill surrounded with endless olive groves and vineyards and it is located just five kilometres from the sea and pristine seashore. The narrow and cobbled streets that surround the medieval, 15th century castle belonging to the Bembo family, hide many unrevealed stories. Even before Roman times there was an old fortress here, and there are numerous historical documents and remains of buildings, which are witness to the town's turbulent past.
Bale gives off a special atmosphere and is an inspiration to a number of the artists who live and create here. Numerous events throughout the summer attract visitors who can enjoy different art forms, especially music. One such event is the Last Minute Open Jazz Festival, which transforms picturesque Bale into the jazz scene and is one of the most popular festivals of its type in this part of Europe.