The house ORANGE has about 85 m2 of living space. On two floors there is a kitchen / living room area, 2 bathrooms with shower, 2 bedrooms, 1 small cellar room. There are also four large terraces: two on the ground floor with direct access to the living room / kitchen, two terraces upstairs with exits from the bedroom and the staircase (the latter has a south-facing terrace with sea view).
The house is relatively new (completed in 2015) and modern and functional, with everything you need for a pleasant stay. During the construction we put special emphasis on good space utilization as well as good heat and sound insulation.
The property has a 300 m2 garden. It is walled up to three quarters, but to the front, to the street, still open, because the land matters and the final course of the "road" in front of the house are still unclear. This is (still) a gravel road, it goes downhill for about 100m to the local asphalt. This path is a dead end for the few residents (only holiday homes) and therefore very little traffic. In front of the house there is a front yard and parking opportunity (s).
The house ORANGE is one half of a semi-detached house, the other half is also available for rent (house LIMONE, apartment no. 2512098). Both parts of the house have separate entrance areas, garden areas and terraces.
The plot is situated - facing east across the sea to the island of Cres - in a relatively quiet and easy hillside location on the outskirts of Ližnjan. The area to the left of the house is virtually undeveloped up to a forest about 200m away. Above and below us (slight hillside) are currently a total of 3-4 holiday homes, some larger, some smaller than ours.
The distance to the sea is approx. 1 km as the crow flies, on the road downhill approx. 1.5 km. The distance to the village is about 600m.
The fishing village Ližnjan (pronounced "Lischnjan") has about 2,500 inhabitants and is located on the southeastern tip of the Istrian peninsula. There is still a small fishing port, a few small supermarkets, a butcher, a bakery, three passable restaurants, a doctor and a dentist, a pharmacy and a cash machine. If you need more, you drive 4 km to the neighboring town Medulin or 12 km to the Istrian capital Pula.
Ližnjan is very scenic and surrounded by the sea and rugged, mostly rocky coast. In contrast to the west coast of Istria, tourism on the east coast is not yet so well developed. There are no hotels, no bed castles, but mostly holiday homes and apartments (in the last 10 years, a lot of new built), which are rented in the season. So it is still relatively quiet even in the high season in Ližnjan. (The neighboring town of Medulin is much more touristy.)
Bathing opportunities: On the outskirts there is a larger bay (5 minutes by bike from the house), which is also suitable for children. Just as the small sandy beach piled up on the opposite bank (see Internet: "Kalahari Beach Ližnjan").
If it is too crowded there is miles of coastline around Ližnjan, with plenty of nice wild coves and small beaches for swimming. These can best be reached by bike (a mountain bike is recommended) - or by car or (motor) boat. The mostly sought after by German tourists and demanded "sandy beach" as on the North Sea is on the whole Croatian Adriatic coast but rather rare. (The water here is wonderfully clean and clear!) One seeks a small bay for bathing, and lies down on gravel or - as smooth as possible - rock. The basic bath equipment therefore necessarily includes a foam rubber mat and a few plastic bathing shoes.
Recommended EXCURSIONS ABOUT LIŽNJAN:
- Isle of Levan (see Internet: "Levan Ližnjan"). Great for swimming! There is a natural sandy beach and three beach restaurants. You drive by car or bicycle to the signposted "pier" and will be picked up from there by motorboat.
- Coastal sections north and south of the village, for hiking, cycling, swimming
- Marlera peninsula (2-4 km): nature reserve (by bike / on foot)
- Prematura / Cape Kamenjak (15 km): nature reserve (car, day trip by bike)
- Medulin (4 km): tourist destination with numerous pensions, campsites, hotels. Around the village there are numerous restaurants, discos, events and leisure activities of all kinds (diving, boat rental, jet skiing, etc.), also large supermarkets (Plodine), doctors, etc.
PULA (and surroundings):
Largest city and administrative capital of the Istria region, 14 km from Ližnjan, 60,000 inhabitants, lively port and university city, pedestrian zone with neat shopping (and souvenir) offer, rich weekly and fish market.
A tour of the city includes a visit to the Roman "Collosseum" as well as the Austrian fortress over the city. Pula belonged to Austria-Hungary for 100 years, until 1918 and was once an Austrian port and naval city.
Recommended excursions around Pula:
- Fažana (5 km from Pula): pretty little coastal town, nice restaurants on the harbor
- Brijuni (Italian Brioni): Pula archipelago, then private property and residence of Tito,
today national park (with animal park, with ship to reach from Fazana or Pula)
- Vodnjan, Bale: worth seeing smaller places near Pulas
The peninsula (3500 km ², 200 000 inhabitants) has a turbulent history - from (Roman) antiquity to today, between Venetian, later Austrian-Habsburg and Yugoslav claims.
The bilingual place plates indicate the two official languages - Croatian and Italian. Especially on the coastal cities of the west coast, the Italian-Venetian influence is visible and audible.
Istria has some interesting towns and villages on offer. In addition, the varied, often hilly to mountainous landscape (up to 1400 m) and its coasts offers ample opportunities for all forms of active holidays (surfing, sailing, diving, cycling, hiking, etc.)
ISTRIA: other recommended destinations for day trips:
- Rovinj (West Coast): Venetian pearl of the Adriatic ...
- Porec (west coast): Not quite as picturesque as Rovinj, but worth a visit ...
- Opatija (East Coast): a beautiful lake and spa on the "Austrian Riviera" (until 1918)
- Lovran (East Coast): actually southern suburb of Opatija ...
- Labin (east coast): nice town above the seaside resort Rabac
- Motovun (inside): picturesque old town with a fortress at the top of a mountain ...
- Nature Park Učka: Here it becomes mountainous, to 1400 m. Something for hikers ...
The neighboring ISLANDS CRES and LOŠINJ [pronunciation: Zres and Loschin]:
If we look from our house to the east on the sea over the Kvarner bay, then the two very scenic islands are 15 km away. Behind it you can see the mountains of the mainland with a clear view.
The islands can be reached from the east coast of Istria via a car ferry - the journey time from Ližnjan (road plus ship) is about 3 hours. You should therefore take at least 2 days to visit the islands. It's worth it - the view from the mountain road on both sides down to the sea is fantastic, as well as the island towns of Cres and Lošinj.
Other DAY EXCURSIONS:
- Trieste (Italy): 2 hours from Liznjan, the next real city (200,000 inhabitants). Culturally and historically very interesting: Trieste belonged to Habsburg Austria until 1918 and is the only European city with about the same influence of the Romance, Slavic and Germanic language and cultural areas. Also: shopping!
- Duino Castle (Castello di Duino, Italy, north of Trieste): Beautiful old castle of the Thurn and Taxis family, high on a cliff overlooking the sea.
- Venice: 3 hours by car from Liznjan. (There are also fast ferries from Pula.)
- Caves of Postojna (Slovenia): 2 hours. One of the largest stalactite caves in Europe.