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Although in the vicinity of busy roads, and (advantageously) only a short walk from Pula town centre, the property, with its adjacent olive grove and surrounded by varied and colourful shrubs and flowers, and with fine mountain views, provides relaxation and seclusion. The interior is embellished with Marina’s rich collection of pottery, copper etc, and is more fully provisioned in the practical sense than one usually finds. I cannot speak too highly of Marina’s generosity and helpfulness; she attended to our every need — before we arrived (eg beach towels), and when necessary during our stay. There are lots of useful booklets, pamphlets and maps with information about the surrounding area — scenic spots, shops, restaurants, beaches. The best beaches in our opinion are about 25 minutes’ drive away in Chia, but Nora is much closer, and that also has a wonderful archeological site. The restaurant we liked most is Zia Leunora in Via Trieste — superb fish dishes. We had only three reservations: there aren’t any obvious pathways for rural walking in the immediate vicinity; the second bedroom has only bunk beds for children, though I found it perfectly usable; and mosquitoes were quite prevalent (probably due mainly to its being a September stay, with a lot of rain at night, more than usual someone told us, and nets are set up on all the beds). None of these factors significantly marred a lovely week’s holiday, and we would certainly return for another one.
After a twisty, mountainous drive you arrive at Portixeddu with an absolutely beautiful beach. The apartment is clean, bright and welcoming with everything you need to have a comfortable stay. There are chairs and a parasol to use to enjoy the outside area and a barbecue although we did not use this during our week here. Every day we walked down to the local beach, a matter of minutes away from our front door on foot! Mr Armas was on hand to help with any requests we had, and clearly wanted us to have a comfortable stay. To buy provisions you need to drive to Buggeru or use the local fruit and veg stall a 10 minute walk away. If we had one minor criticism, it would be that there was no WiFi, although the initial description of the property seemed to suggest that there was. There are a nice amount of places to get food - 3 restaurants, 2 beach cafes and a beach bar and there are some nice activities. We enjoyed snorkelling around the rocky area of the beach and had a great boat trip with a local company and the friendly host Nicola! All in all a chilled holiday in a quiet and scenic location.