After visiting Motovun and Pazin, it would be a shame to leave this wonderful Croatian peninsula without visiting two more, also amazing viewpoints of Istria: Gračišće and Plomin. You would say that it is not possible to have so many natural and historical beauties in one place. And you would be immediately wrong, once you decide to go for this unusual adventure. Prepare your camera, as this will be worth every shot you will make! Get ready to be fascinated!
Gračišće is a small old town. When I say "old", I mean really old! As everything that is strangely beautiful is usually hidden from the eyes of many people, so is this magical place. Even in Croatia, it was almost forgotten, until ten years ago. Now, it seems to be waking up again. Thanks to several families who opened their doors to curious visitors, Gračišće is again on the tourist map of Croatia. And it has many things to offer. But, I will leave the complete story about this place for another occasion. Now, I want to show you this magical viewpoint. You can sit down on the church wall and just feel the peace around you. One can sit and look for hours and hours, just looking above these magical hills of Istria, all the way to the beginning of Učka National Park. Everywhere around, you will feel the presence of the past centuries and in front of you the horizon that goes all the way to infinity. Feed your spirit and your soul.
Plomin is also a very small town that rises on the very edge of a hill above Plominski bay. From there, you can have a great view of the entire Kvarner Bay. On a very clear day, the view goes all the way to the islands Cres and Lošinj. The hill of Plomin goes very steep towards the sea, and the view from to top of the hill down to the sea is amazing and worth seeing. This lovable little place lies on the remains from the Roman time, so if you are in love with nature, history and ancient places, here you will have everything you need. This town became a must-see stop for all passengers traveling through Istria. Don't pass by it without stopping and taking the time to absorb all the beauty Plomin can offer.
I can promise you one thing, once you set your foot on Istria, you will come again. And every time, it will be a new adventure, exciting and memorable.
This part of Croatia is wonderful in every season of the year. So, pack your backpack or suitcase, and come to explore amazing viewpoints of Istria in Gračišće and Plomin!
Cover Photo © credits: iStock/Gleti
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