One of my best kept travel secrets until today is a small town located on the northwest coast of the Istrian peninsula. 500km south of Vienna you will enter a fin de siècle jewel by the sea. Being architecturally well preserved it is a feast for the eye for someone who lives in Vienna and has a crush on light tone painted Art Nouveau and Belle Époque Villas in between huge green trees and the air scented with salt. The combination is unique. Small Cafés like you would find them in Marseille. a landmark like Copenhagens mermaid: the Madonna del Mare – a maiden with a seagull. Monte Carlo feeling at the St.James park and the Crystal Ballroom at the Kvarner Hotel.
More than 100 years old is the wonderful coastal promenade that stretches from Volosko to Lovran and was named after Emperor Franz Joseph I, also known as Lungomare.
No need to go wild and book a week, but take a break for two nights from stressed meetings and bad weather during the week and you will come back with a body full of sunshine and a head full of good karma. And of course some food-memories on the hips, because you will love the food whether you are vegetarian or a meat fanatic. Istrians are known for great seasonal food and they hide fine wine in their cellars.
Can’t wait to come back soon, but for know I am packing for another romantic place in Slovenia, which has been on my wishlist for a while. Unfortunately the great Viennese May weather was not half great this year and I really need a bit, just a tiny bit of sun to flower my soul.
Have a great week and remember:
Eat well, travel often!