Welcome to Bale


The little town is dominated by the oversized Church of the Visitation, with its 36m-high belfry. There are various other historic churches scattered about, along with a town hall with a 14th-century loggia. The closest beaches are 6km away on a stretch of coast that rates as the most pristine in Istria.

Bale draws a bohemian crowd for its apparently very powerful energy – a fact you won’t find in the tourist brochures. Come here to meet kindred spirits and spend endless hours talking, drinking, dreaming and scribbling.


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Rovinj private biking tour by electric powered bike

The journey takes us in the inland cycling on macadame path till the Village of Rovinj, continue on trail through woods along olive groves and vineyards  till Bale. Stop for a drink in the town  entirely made of stone, embodies Istria's tradition and has been in existence, according to archaeological research, since the Roman period.After Bale descend to the coast.  The journey take us along the west coast near by the ornithological nature reserve Palud. Continue on bike trail with changing scenarios; Inland & coastline till we get back to our start point the romantic town of Rovinj  • Private bike tour on modern and popular electric bike. • A unique tour, mix of modern and ancient sights, with amazing panoramic views of the • Adriatic sea; beaches and bays, small islands…

$73.08 Day Trips & Excursions

Istria Day Trip from Pula and Medulin

Your driver will meet you at one of the selected hotels in either Pula or Medulin prior to 8:30am (time to be advised at reconfirmation). After boarding your air-conditioned coach and picking up other guests, your tour will begin as you travel back in time to explore the Istrian peninsula mid-morning. First, you'll visit one of the most delightful hilltops villages in Istria - Bale, with its stoned streets winding around the hill. Then after spending about 45 minutes in Bale, you'll board your coach and head to Rovinj. Upon arrival, you'll discover the small city that is also known as 'Little Venice.' See all the tall townhouses set along cobblestone streets. This tiny seaside town looks like a mirror image of its Italian neighbor, only in miniature. You'll spend about 2.5 hours exploring the town and have some free time as well to explore. Drive to Grizini and see a local donkey who welcomes visitors. Here, you'll savor a tasty Istrian lunch lasting about 1-hour long. Finally, you'll board your coach and travel to Porec - an old town built on a small peninsula. Spend about nearly 2 hours to explore the streets and learning about its history, which began more than 2,000 years ago. With this span of time, it makes this old city a cultural monument in itself. Walk the old streets Decumanus and Cardo Maximus, by the remains of Roman temples of Mars and Neptune. See a more important monument - the Euphrasian basilica, one of the most beautiful preserved monuments of early Byzantine art in the Mediterranean. At the end of the tour at around 6pm, you'll depart Porec for Pula and Medulin with an expected return to your hotel by around 7pm.

$131.48 Shore Excursions

Highlights of Istria from Rijeka

Hum is situated in the centre of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. You can turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely friendly to random visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful hill towns such as Motovun, Roc and Bale. Despite its small number of residents Hum has preserved the old ritual “Election of the prefect for a year” when all the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (town hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, recently Hum became popular for biska, a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating from Hum. Every year at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here, presenting brandy producers from all over Istria.In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria – Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th century Romanesque – Gothic with a crown that is crenulated, dominates the centre of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. In the centre square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building at the time it was built; many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus which grows underground. These white truffles of Istria which are in season from September to December are said by many to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides, Istria’s finest wines such as the red Teran, and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe”.The city of Labin consists of the old medieval town located on a 320 m high hill and a new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artist. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova there is the Sculpture Park where International Sculptors Symposium has been taking place for the past 40 years. In the summer the old centre is taken over by the Art Republic, a combination of music, performance and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor built in 1587 lead to the old town. There is also a 17th century tower in the town offering a magnificent view, and another square tower.

$131.48 Shore Excursions

Highlights of Istria from Pula

Hum is situated in the centre of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. You can turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely friendly to random visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful hill towns such as Motovun, Roc and Bale. Despite its small number of residents Hum has preserved the old ritual “Election of the prefect for a year” when all the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (town hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, recently Hum became popular for biska, a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating from Hum. Every year at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here, presenting brandy producers from all over Istria.In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria – Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th century Romanesque – Gothic with a crown that is crenulated, dominates the centre of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. In the centre square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building at the time it was built; many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus which grows underground. These white truffles of Istria which are in season from September to December are said by many to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides, Istria’s finest wines such as the red Teran, and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe”.The city of Labin consists of the old medieval town located on a 320 m high hill and a new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artist. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova there is the Sculpture Park where International Sculptors Symposium has been taking place for the past 40 years. In the summer the old centre is taken over by the Art Republic, a combination of music, performance and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor built in 1587 lead to the old town. There is also a 17th century tower in the town offering a magnificent view, and another square tower.

$131.48 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Pula

During our tour we will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where we will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades.  Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe.  Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country –  Motovun. This fascinating city that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.”  Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

$222.72 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day South Istria Wine Experience

Today you get to visit two amazing Istrian wineries, one old medieval town and have lunch in the best Grill in Istria. First, our tour guide will pick you up in the morning with an air-conditioned van in front of your accommodation. You will head to the town of Bale. By walking through it's old town centre, observing the stone houses and wandering around the narrow, cobbled streets within the fortified walls, you will see why it’s called “the best kept secret in Istria”. When you finish your walk you will head to the near-by winery where you will taste 5 different amazing wines and learn more about the production of this amazing drink. After that you will head to Vodnjan where you will have a great grill lunch. When the lunch gets finished, you will visit one more winery in Vodnjan and taste 5 more wines and gain more knowledge about the Istrian wine scene.After the tasting we will take you back to your accommodation.