Short but sweet trip to Istria – Lovran & Mošćenička Draga

My family and I decided to get on a short vacation before ‘the real vacation’ and went on a super short trip to the coast in Lovran, Istria (Croatia). This was for 2 nights only, but enough to recharge our batteries 🙂

Lovran is situated on the western coast of the Kvarner Bay and its name derives from the plant Laurel (Laurus nobilis).

We stayed in an old villa, called Santa Maria built in 1895 according to the project of archbishop Karl Seidl, for the owner of Ritter von Scharmitzer. The villa is located by the sea, from the coast separated only by a spacious and beautiful park with a lot of trees and flowers. The villa is old and a bit rusty looking, but the object represents the type of luxurious villa that it once was – a palace. 

Lovran is a small town that has a lot of villas and properties just like this one, built between 19 and 20 century.Thanx to that, you can feel the history all around. Today, Lovran it is well known place for tourists but also as a sanatorium because of the Special Clinical Orthopedic Hospital. 

Tourists who visit Lovran can enjoy a walk along its unique promenade. It has a popular seafront promenade stretching from Lovran to Volosko 12 km long and providing a unique experience where centuries-old oaks with their branches almost touch the surface of the sea.
For those who like to hike, one can follow some of the hiking trails that lead from Lovran or Medveja to the very tip of Učka.

Unfortunatelly, it was raining for 1 day and 1 night so we didn’t have the chance to explore all that we wanted. Also, traveling with 3 kids (one is only 1 yr old), our main goal was to find a nice beach so they can swim during the sunny part of the day.

As we didn’t find beach appropriate for the youngest one in Lovran, our next destination was Moscenicka draga which is a few kilometers away from Lovran. This small town has a pebble beach ideal for kids, including the babies. Because of its clear blue sea, it was awarded a Blue flag which is a symbol of quality service and clean sea. It is possible to rent deck-chairs and beach umbrellas. Also, if it gets too hot, you can escape to the shade of a pine tree forest located in the back of the beach.

This was our little get away…all that is left is for me to show you the pictures … enjoy!

Until next time,

xoxo,

Marina

 

Villa Santa Maria park, Lovran

Villa Santa Maria park, Lovran

Villa Santa Maria park, Lovran

Villa Santa Maria park, Lovran

Villa Santa Maria, Lovran

Lovran seaside

Public beach, Lovran

Public beach, Lovran

Public beach, Lovran

View from the Lovran promenade

View from the Lovran promenade

Mošćenička draga, beach

Mošćenička draga

Mošćenička draga, beach

Mošćenička draga, beach

Mošćenička draga, beach

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  1. Wow this is a such a refreshing trip. I would love to do short trips over extended weekend and places like Istria make a perfect destination given the time.

  2. Wow and what a getaway that was. It might have been only two days but it looks like you really made the most of your time! I like how tranquil and far removed from city life Istra looks x

  3. amazing destination, short trip like you said but alot is in this to show alot can be done in just a short trip to paradise on earth. nice pictures too if you ask me.

  4. Istria looks like a great family destination, with both beautiful beaches and parks to be explored by children. Even if the weather wasn’t the best you still seem to have had a great time. The color of the water is so pretty.

  5. Istria looks perfect destination for water lovers. Water is perfect blue and so is the weather, nice sunny day for picnics and outings.

  6. This place looks gorgeous! Your short trip is so worth it! The water looks so inviting it makes me want to plan a trip there with my family.

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