Stuck in Porec

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Bijela Uvala Camping

Flag of Croatia  , Istria,
Friday, September 3, 2010

September 2, 2010

We're stuck in Porec! We are at Bijela Uvala, a suburb of over 3000 people, with two markets, two swimming pools, two sports complexes, a massage parlour, two bakeries, a bank, a number of bar/cafes, and a couple of kilometers of beachfront…but this suburb is the campground! We are not stuck because of any mishap, but rather because it is such a great spot for peanuts of camping fees!

From Motovun we drove west to the coast and the town of Porec, Croatia. This was another delightful last minute decision, as we had not read of it before yesterday, but it was recommended in one of our camping books. So glad we came here! the town of Porec is smallish, but right on the Adriatic and very remenicent of Greece, with a small harbour, fishing boats and tourist boats and cafes on the waterfront, but with a small peninsula of old town that is a wonder…. Old stone buildings and shops, and marble cobbled stone streets. The Basilica is from the 5th C, but is all built on Roman foundations.

On the coast of Istria around here are many large resort complexes, including the huge Plava Laguna outfit with a number hotels and campgrounds lining the coast. At first we were hesitant about it because it was rather over-promoted with billboards along the entry highways, but the tourist info centre also recommended it.

We chose their Bijela Uvala campground, and ended up with a very nice private campsite just a jump up from the beach. Some of the campsites are enclosed by hedges, one of which we were lucky to get, while others are nice, but rather chock-a-block.

It was a beautiful day today, so we had really our first nice long lay-out on the beach in the whole summer. Croatia, and especially Istria, is noted for its "Naturist: beaches, and sure enough, just along from the campsite was a lovely warm beach with lots of stretched out skin of all shapes and sizes. We joined them of course, careful to use sunscreen in the most vulnerable spots. We are hoping the weather stays nice long enough to get those spots less vulnerable, but it started to cloud up a bit this afternoon.

We had the option of staying at a “FKK" section of campground (look it up), but that was just a little too adventurous for us.

There is lots to see and do around here, including some bicycle riding, so we will likely stick around for a good few days… will keep you posted.

September 3

Well, this travel blog might get boring for a few days as we just loaf around the town of Porec, and the lovely campground here. Today was a little bit cloudy… our main activity was a bike ride back into Porec for another look around.. about 20 minutes ride in, but longer return, as we stuck to the coastline. It became clear how historic the town really is, as we discovered the remains of the Roman forum from 1st C BC, and we discovered that the main road down the centre of the old town was made of marble blocks because it was made by the Romans! Amazing to be strilloing with hundreds of tourists on a real Roman road!

On the way back we stopped at the naturist beach for a swim and a sun… trying to tan the white bits gently… so far no burns, but no significant browning yet either. It is surprising how comfortable one can be in such a setting… it feels quite natural, and people seem to be just as fit and healthy looking, or just as fat and wrinkly with bathing suits or without them…indeed the fat people look almost better without clothes, as there are no bras or shorts causing unnecessary overhangs.

Still planning to hang around here (no pun intended) for a couple of more days.
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Billy-Bob on

Wow, what's the address, we'll be right over!

Be careful with the "strilloing". You might pull a muscle.

Jer on

Looks like a great time! Thanks for keeping us posted!

Anne on

Just logged in again-- what a great time you're having!!

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