Why places like Bale, in the Croatian region of Istria, will be the first places in Europe where you will be able to travel carelessly in 2021?
Bale has remained a hidden secret of Istria and Croatia since the past. There are many reasons why short distance places like Bale will be the best choice to visit and spend a safe vacation during the coronavirus pandemic.
This year will also be a good opportunity to explore the places which we used to ignore only because they were „too close“
The importance of avoiding close contact and maintaining a reasonable distance will be crucial in everyday life, and also when traveling. Traveling to closer destinations, accessible by car, will be the most common way of traveling this year.
Accommodation in detached facilities where visitors don’t share the same premises with other guests seems to be the most reasonable solution to spend vacations
Apartments and holiday homes with their own entrance, courtyard, terrace or swimming pool have already been a common choice for those who used to visit Bale before, and there is no reason not to be so even this year.
Mobile homes in the camp are also a good choice for those who like to stay by the sea and to be surrounded by nature. Mobile homes have their own bathroom, kitchen and terrace, so it appears to be a perfect solution to avoid common areas and close contact with other visitors.
Hotels, like La Grisa hotel in Bale, can provide it's guests to keep reasonable distance in the restaurant and other common areas. This hotel consists of several internally connected old Istrian houses, so you can access some rooms even directly from the square or street.
However, besides the travel and isolated accommodation, we simply need more…
„Less is more“ can really be applied to Bale. The rich history of this small town intertwined with daily life stirs your imagination as you walk through the cobbled streets of this small town located on Mon Perin Hill. There is never a hustle in Bale and the streets and squares are neat and clean. Any resident or passerby will greet you unobtrusively and give you an advice if you ask for it. Daily life of the locals who live in the streets of the old town revives the beautiful scenery of this medieval town.
The sounds of jazz, from the Kamene priče tavern, will inspire you to drop by and indulge in culinary delights and Istrian wine in the unique ambiance
Besides good food, locally grown vegetables, istrian wines and olive oil, all taverns and restaurants in Bale have their own terraaces or courtyard gardens where you can dine completely relaxed and in accordance with the reccommendations for prevention of the coronavirus.
Local producers from Bale produce top quality olive oil, fruit and vegetables
Bale and it's surroundings are well known for production of olive oil which can be tasted and bought at olive oil mills Grubić, Bembo and Meneghetti. Many local producers deliver fruit and vegetables to your door and one of them, Božić family farm, even organized self-service food sales at their own property.
Visiting some of the wineries in the vicinity of Bale doesn't only mean the opportunity to buy local wine, but also to make a trip which includes wine tasting and enjoying the beautiful Istrian scenery
Istria is a well-known Croatian wine region where many wineries produce top-quality wines like Istrian Malvazija and Teran
When you decide to go to the restaurant or winery, please contact them in advance to make sure that everything will be prepared for your arival in accordance with the recommendations for prevention of the epidemic Covid-19.
At 9 kilometers of Mediterranean coast and untouched nature you can find your place by the sea in Bale
It takes only a few minutes by bike or car to get to Bale pebbly beaches or secluded rocky plateaus. Access to the beaches will be organized according to the coronavirus protection guidelines, so you will surely find a secluded spot in the sun or in the shade of the Mediterranean vegetation.
Use your active holiday in Istria to explore the past and think about the future
The Istrian landscapes and preserved nature will leave you breathless whether you are cycling, hiking, horseback riding or diving in the azure sea. The secluded roads and paths between olive groves and vineyards provide an unforgettable sense of discovering the way of life of the locals in the past, as well as today.
If you wander into the small town of Beram, not far from Bale, you must visit the Church of Mary in Skriljine. There, you can see the iconic Late Gothic fresco "Dance of the Dead" by Master Vincent of Kastav, depicting the transience of life and the equality of all facing the death during the Black Death (Plague), but it also bears witness to the victory of life.
Look around you. There must be a place like Bale somewhere nearby…
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Distance from Bale: 14 hours and 40 minutes driving
Address: 52211 Bale, Istria, Croatia