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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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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Sona Jain
    July 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

    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.

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      Marina
      July 17, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Oh, this was just what we needed 🙂

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    Amalia
    July 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    The photos of the beach are incredible!! take me there on the next plane, X

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    Sam
    July 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    It looks like the very beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your nice memories in Istria (Croatia) with us.

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      Marina
      July 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      It was my pleasure. Thank you for reading this post 😊

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    Ana De- Jesus
    July 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    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

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    anvita
    July 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    This is such a beautiful place to relax and just bludge with the family. I can tell from your pictures that you had a nice time.

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    Ania Travels
    July 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Croatia is one of my favorite palces on earth, I would love to visit this part though. A little getaway is always nice too though.

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    lex
    July 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    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.

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    Prateek Goel
    July 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Amazing visualization! Your photos speaks everything about it. Nicely written post as well, it looks like you’ve made the most.

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      Marina
      July 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much 😊

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    Joanna
    July 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    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.

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      Marina
      July 19, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Yes, the water is crystal clear 😊 this was truly right choice for us. Thank you for reading.

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    margarette
    July 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Oh wow. I was amazed with all those pics. The beach looks so warm to swim on. Thanks for sharing.

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      Marina
      July 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading and your kind words.

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    yukti
    July 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

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

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    Yeu Doi
    July 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Love the places with blue waters and so much greenery! This is on my bucket list now.

  • Reply
    Denice
    July 21, 2017 at 9:19 am

    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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    Vijay
    July 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

    This place is full of trees and beaches. Very natural. Look forward to reading your next article.

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    Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    July 22, 2017 at 2:07 am

    What a stunning place! There are so many beautiful places in the world that is worth visiting! I love the pristine beaches and the clear blue waters. Looks like paradise on earth!

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    Andrea
    July 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    These beautiful photos brings up so many beautiful childhood memories. Thanks for sharing 😊

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    Neha Agarwal
    September 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Oh! It’s so beautiful. I wish to go there. The Pictures are really real in looks. It makes me feel to go out there along with my friends and family. Thanks for sharing the great pictures.

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      Marina
      September 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

      It is really a beautiful place! Thank you for your comment and thank you for reading 😊

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