Trakoscan Castle, a modern fairy tale close to Zagreb

Trakoscan Castle, a modern fairy tale close to Zagreb

Situated in Zagorje region near Croatian – Slovenian border, Trakoscan Castle is around 1.5 hour drive from Zagreb. The drive is well worth since Trakoscan is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Croatia with beautiful surroundings and breathtaking views. Also it is one of rare castles which are actually restored and opened to public. It is a true must see destination in Croatia.

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Trakoscan Castle © Mexatia

Trakoscan Castle Croatia | dvorac Trakošćan Hrvatska | Mexatia

Trakoscan Castle © Mexatia

Welcome to a fairytale

It was built in the late 13th century like a small medieval burg and observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja. In 16th century it became a residence of noble family Draskovic, who lived here for almost 400 years. Trakoscan Castle was restored in the late 19th century, when it got today’s romantic looks. Also the surrounding area was modified in the park and artificial lake was created. In 1944 the castle was nationalized and it was established as a museum in 1954.

As said, Trakoscan is a real medieval fortress situated on the hill. Due to that, you need to do some climbing to reach it. The road leading to the castle is not so steep, but it may not be suitable for elderly people. Also, once you get into the castle, you will need to face the stairs, so make sure you are physically able to do it. The castle’s surroundings are worth exploring. You can take a walk around the lake (it takes around 1.5 hour), you can jog or hire a paddle boat to explore the lake. Expect to have your breath taken by the fascinating views.

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Trakoscan Castle © Queenie Liewpin

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Trakoscan Castle © Mexatia

Trakoscan Castle Croatia | dvorac Trakošćan Hrvatska | Mexatia

Trakoscan Castle © Mexatia

Fascinating Interior

If you decide to visit the castle, the fascinating interior will welcome you. Thanks to family Draskovic, the Trakoscan museum takes you to the past while you are exploring castle’s medieval heritage (such as furniture, paintings, weapons etc.) and learning about the life of Croatian nobility. The objects date from 15th to 19th century and the exhibition covers all the areas of castle. It consists of four levels (low and high ground, first and second floor) where you can visit a kitchen, a dungeon with torture machine, a hunter hall decorated with hunting trophies, knight’s hall, dining and other rooms, libraries, music salon with old piano, etc. Second floor is especially interesting because each room is decorated in different style (baroque, rococo, etc.). All info panels in the castle are in Croatian and English.

Unfortunately, it is forbidden to take photos of the interior, only on terraces. So here are the photos of us 😀

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Trakoscan Castle © Queenie Liewpin

Grab something to eat

You may be tired after exploring the museum and discovering the forest and lake around the castle. There are two places where you can get something to eat and drink, but the recommendation goes to one situated literally on the lake. From there you can enjoy the lake, views of the castle, nature and food at the same time. The other restaurant is located in front of the castle, near the parking.

Besides Trakoscan castle’s stunning beauty, you can also enjoy visiting Croatian countryside which most of the visitors usually forget about. You can visit the castle all year round. In spring or summer you can enjoy the intense green color, during autumn the whole color palate and in the winter you can see the castle covered with snow. Whenever you decide to go, it is wonderfully romantic. If you want, you can also organize a wedding or a photo shooting here.

Did you already visit Trakoscan castle?

Trakoscan castle day trip is great to combine with visits to the city of Varazdin, Krapina Neanderthal museum or other castles of Hrvatsko Zagorje.

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Village of Rastoke, where time has stopped

Village of Rastoke, where time has stopped

Story about old road

It is summer again and we are travelling to the coast. Probably we woke up somewhere in the middle of the night to avoid the traffic. I am a kid, maybe 7 or 10 years old and I do not understand why being stuck in the traffic is not fun. We are taking one of two roads, two old roads built back in Napoleon era, depending if we are going to the ferry or not. Maybe the bridge is not repaired still. It was demolished in the war and there is only one-way pontoon bridge. There are only two roads and a pontoon bridge, but two roads are bustling with life. Those roads are alive. 

While driving, we are playing games. Often I am trying to guess where are from cars which are passing by. Every few kilometers along the road I see a restaurant or guesthouse. We often stop to freshen up ourselves, stretch our legs or grab a coffee and juice for me. It is already afternoon and the smell of baby pork or baby lamb are calling us. They are slowly roasting on the spit in almost every restaurant and few can resist them.

It takes hours and hours for us to arrive, but we see and learn so much while travelling. These trips are my first contact with geography and demography of Croatia. First time I learn about foreign cities because I see cars with different licence plates. 

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Small village of Rastoke © Mexatia

How highway almost ruined everything

Croatia changed a lot in past 20 years. We got highways and fresh built toilet stops and expensive Marché restaurants. As the result, first few years after the construction, old road almost died. Traffic was mostly redirected to a new and modern road and all that restaurants were left empty. Each time you passed, you could notice more closed and ruined objects. You could see how the road was losing it, soul. 

Ten years after this road has a special charm. The trip takes longer than if you take a highway, but not much longer. Traffic is none to moderate and drive is pleasant. Some objects along the road survived and you can still smell the pork slowly roasting. For the amount you would spend on tools, you can have a fantastic traditional lunch. You can stop and grab a coffee and stretch your legs in a family owned restaurant, not the chain owned one. And you can visit so many interesting places on the way to your destination.

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Unique watermill village of Rastoke

Right before the plains are replaced by forests and mountains, that is where unique watermill village of Rastoke is located. Popular mostly among locals, Rastoke are often called Plitvice’s little sister and they certainly deserve more touristic attention. Here river Slunjcica overflows to river Korana, creating beautiful waterfalls, cascades and lakes making this location just perfect for watermill village. 

My grandpa was born in a village approximately 10 km away from Slunj and Rastoke. I still remember the stories how he and his family walked every day to Slunj to school. From time to time they went to Rastoke to get flour. Of course, they were making their own bread and this small village was significant for their existence

Luckily, its significance is getting noticed. Last few years more and more people decide to stop in Slunj and Rastoke on the way to or from the coast. Beautiful traditional houses and mills are getting restored while many households turned to tourism, agriculture, and gastronomy

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Restaurant Petro, Rastoke © Mexatia

Why we loved restaurant Petro in Rastoke

We stopped by on a day when Jaime run a marathon. His first. He was not in the mood to walk around Plitvice Lakes afterwards (or walk at all hehe) so I am sorry to say we did not explore Rastoke as much as we should. In order to save few kuna, we parked on public parking right before the bridge (if you are coming from Slunj, it is located on a right-hand side). You should keep in mind that parking in Rastoke is quite expensive and limited.

During our short walk, we discovered some beautiful mills, small waterfalls, and charming wooden houses. Soon we stumbled upon a lovely restaurant Petro where our dog Lota was more than welcome. We found a table on the terrace and ordered few local specialties. The restaurant was traditionally decorated and attracted my attention while we were waiting for the meal. 

Are you traveling with a pet? Read our advice here.
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Restaurant Petro, Rastoke © Mexatia

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Restaurant Petro, Rastoke © Mexatia

What should you eat in Rastoke?

To begin with, in restaurant Petro our attention was immediately caught by a unique appetizer named “Hunter’s Tale” (Lovačka priča in Croatian). Bear, deer, and boar prosciutto were served with different types of local cheeses and pickles. When platter arrived, first we loved it looks and then we adored the taste as well. We never tried anything alike so it was a great decision to order this wonderful meal. It literally made our day and we shared it in a second.

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Hunter’s Tale Platter, Restaurant Petro, Rastoke © Mexatia

For the main dish, Jaime and I were craving fish. Rastoke is known for serving fresh trouts so we did not need to think much. Grilled trout was simply delicious and served with baked potato (which lacked some seasoning though). Dad decided to take veal under the bell served with potatoes, which is as well Croatian specialty. Especially relevant is that all dishes we ordered were fresh made and very tasty. Together with drinks, the total bill for three persons was 400 kn (almost €55). With our bellies full and happy, we were ready to continue our trip back to Zagreb. 

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Fresh grilled trout served with grilled potatoes, Restaurant Petro, Rastoke © Mexatia

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Veal under the bell with potatoes, Restaurant Petro, Rastoke © Mexatia

To conclude, did you ever visit this wonderful village of Rastoke? It is probably the cutest little village you can find on your way to the coast.

 

More from us about Plitvice area: Plitvice Lakes – story about love and marathon & Dreamy places where to stay around Plitvice Lakes.

 

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Plitvice Lakes: Story about love and marathon

Plitvice Lakes: Story about love and marathon

Last year, still with all four feet firmly standing on Mexican soil, we already started to daydream about places we would explore once we arrived in Croatia. We had a wedding in front of us and our photo package included engagement photo shoot as well. Having those photos taken in Plitvice Lakes seemed like a brilliant idea and a perfect destination for our first day trip in Croatia. 

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Plitvice lakes © Mexatia

Story about love

It was early October and weather was perfect – partly sunny, not too cold and not too hot. Two hours ride from Zagreb were quite pleasant, only if we remembered to compile some nice music CD because radio signal was nonexistent in some parts of the road and iPod was left at home. We parked at entrance 1, got the tickets (110 kunas for grown-ups in October, during high summer season they are much more expensive) and walked our way to lakes. 

There is small, but very useful map printed out on tickets. If you check it out, you will find out there are plenty of walking trails all around the lakes. You can choose from the ones 2 hours long up to 10 hours in the park. Some routes consist of walking only, but some are a mix of walking, boat and train ride, which are included in entrance fee as well. We chose exactly that kind of route, 3 to 4 hours long. This is what is so great about Plitvice – it is suitable for everyone, no matter what your age or physical condition are. 

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Plitvice lakes © Mexatia

Next four hours we spent exploring one of the busiest and the most stunning routes around the upper lakes. The magical combination of perfectly turquoise water, wooden paths and unique vegetation, made a perfect setting for our pre-wedding photos. We used every opportunity to hug, squeeze and take amazing photos within such a beautiful scenery. Since we were there with a photographer, we were kind of attraction ourselves and some Asian groups even wanted to take photos with us!

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Put Plitvice on your *must see* list because…

Plitvice lakes are true must see location when you are in Croatia. They are indeed a unique combination of water and karst forms incorporated into the wild forest. When numerous visitors and scientists realized nothing similar exists anywhere else in the world, UNESCO declared lakes to be part of their World heritage list in 1949. This 16 fairy green lakes are the result of a game of water, permeable and impermeable rocks and living creatures and they are the second most known destination in Croatia, after Dubrovnik. 

If you explore the area carefully enough, you will be able to discover different sorts of living animals, a real jungle, the biggest waterfall in Croatia and your inner peace. We sure did.

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Story about marathon

This spring we came back. Jaime started to run more seriously and he applied for Plitvice marathon. Yes, he chose one of the hardest trails in this area to be his first full marathon. I did understand him; it was a challenge and it was the unbelievable attractive challenge he just could not resist to. It was the first weekend in June and we reached Plitvice shortly after 6 am. Jaime, dad, Lota the dog and me. We were chilling until 9 am when the race started and Jaime began his 42 km long adventure. Luckily, it was nor hot or cold and you could feel rain in the air. Everybody who was running said they would rather choose rain than hotness, so I dare to say weather conditions were perfect for a long race.

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Lota in Plitvice © 3sporta.com

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Jaime running © 3sporta.com

While he was running, three of us explored Plitvice. I must mention Plitvice are pet-friendly and dogs are more than welcome, of course, if they are well-behaved and on a leash. Lota enjoyed the long walk and she seemed quite interested in different waterfalls and butterflies flying around. During 3.5 hours she did not show any sign of tiredness or that she had difficulties with overcoming paths (of course we did not walk all the time, she had plenty of water, we took rest and rode the boat). 

This time, we started from entrance 2 and chose the completely different area to explore. We needed to be back in finish line in four hours so three hours long trail was perfect for us. Again there was the combination of walking around two smaller lakes, seeing some incredible scenery and taking a boat and train in the end.   

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Apply for Plitvice marathon because…

Two hours and 15 minutes later, Jaime sent me a message he just completed first 21 kilometers. That was more 20 minutes slower than his usual time and I knew the race was hard. I just hoped he would finish it without getting injured or lost. And he did! Also, during the whole morning I was observing how everything was organized and I did not find even one fault, as a visitor. Later Jaime agreed that everything  was organized perfectly, the only omission was a car that strayed on a racetrack somewhere at the west side of Plitvice. He was noticed early enough so everything went well.

Anyhow, we came back to finish line maybe half an hour before he came. The rain was slowly starting when we saw him in the distance. Thank god, he was ok! He ran next to me without even noticing me and continued to finish line. He did it, he finished his first 42 km! I was so proud he made it. As we entered the changing tent, the downpour started. What a perfect timing, ha? 🙂 We are coming back next year, that’s all I need to say.

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Jaime finishing the marathon © 3sporta.com

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36 Hours in Istria: Our Short Guide to Croatia’s Most Visited Region

36 Hours in Istria: Our Short Guide to Croatia’s Most Visited Region

Even though my country is getting more and more popular as a touristic destination, lots of people and travelers are still quite unfamiliar with Croatia. If you are one of them, you have probably heard about Dubrovnik where Games of Thrones were filmed, about Plitvice Lakes as a spectacular nature park or maybe Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Did you know that most visited region of Croatia is Istria? Thanks to its location and closeness to Italy and Slovenia as well as numerous attractions, stunning cities, tasty food and beautiful beaches, every year it attracts a big number of visitors. A few months back I wanted to show at least some of it to Jaime and a friend who was visiting, but we had just a bit more than a day, 36 hours to be exact.

Our 36 hours in Istria – Istria on a fast track

Two days after the wedding, we packed our bags, dropped the last guests at the airport and shortly after we were on our way to Istria. We wanted to see as much as possible in an only day and a half. Since I booked a wonderful little apartment in Rovinj, Rovinj was our first destination.

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Rovinj, Croatia © Mexatia

Rovinj

We arrived after it was already dark. It was late October, so tourists were a long time gone. You could see the only a couple of visitors wandering around the streets, but not even close to the number you can experience during the summer season. The weather was still nice and, shortly after we got comfortable in the apartment, we decided to take an evening walk around the old town. We explored its narrow streets and found a nice little restaurant to eat. After getting our bellies full and taking few photos, we returned to the apartment to get a good rest for the following day. Rovinj seemed very promising. It was a great destination to explore next morning!

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Rovinj’s Old Town © Mexatia

The next day we were greeted by a wonderful sunny morning. The weather was just wonderful, much better we could ever imagine! In the end, we were exploring the city only in short sleeves, and it was almost November already. We took a walk around the old city again, visited the cathedral and explored city’s little harbor. There were so many things to do in Rovinj and we had the only a couple of hours in the evening and early morning. We discovered lots of little, cute shops with original souvenirs. After unpacking we realized we forgot to bring soap or shower gel and, luckily we ran into a lady who was selling wonderful handmade soaps

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Handmade soaps can be found in Rovinj’s Old Town © Mexatia

The clock stroke noon and it was time to leave our little nest in Rovinj if we wanted to explore amazing city of Motovun. One hour later, we already saw Motovun from the distance and I found myself screaming “Stop!”. A couple of minutes drive before coming to the city, there were few fantastic photography stops we just needed to take the opportunity of!

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Fantastic view on Motovun from the road © Mexatia

Motovun

Motovun is the most famous small Istrian town. It is an unbelievable attractive medieval city, located on a hilltop. If you are not amazed by the view on the city itself, views from the top will take your breath away. It is overlooking Mirna river valley, vineyards where famous wines Malvasia and Teran are produced and Motovun forest, especially rich in truffles which are often used in Istrian cuisine. 

Motovun is also a place known for film festival held in July, when the whole city becomes a stage and surrounding areas turn into camping sites, trying to accommodate tourists from all over the world who are wishing to be a part of this unique experience.

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Motovun, Istria © Mexatia

Ok, I think it is quite obvious why I really wanted them to see this city. We were actually considering villas around Motovun as possible wedding location and I wished my brand new husband to understand why I was so into it.

We paid for the daily parking ticket (it was actually only option available, you need to pay before even starting to climb up to the city and costs 20 kunas) and parked as much on the top as we could. Climbing down a steep road led us to the city center. As small as it is, you can walk around the city – and I mean literally around since you can walk right next to the fortification system – in half an hour. You can enjoy different views to Mirna’s valley, admire the Istrian stone architecture and discover various gardens.

If you get tired, you can have a seat in one of the restaurants – cafe bars overlooking the valley. We did just so. We already agreed we are going to have late lunch in Pula, so we ordered just a drink. And a dessert. 🙂 I have never tried truffles before and being in Istria was a perfect opportunity for it! So I ordered a pannacotta with truffles and honey. I am still not sure if I have liked it or not. It was well made, but truffle taste, which I was not used to, was so intensive.

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Panna cotta with Istrian truffles and honey © Mexatia

We checked a couple of shops on the way back to the car. Unfortunately, we did not buy any truffles, homemade olive oil or regional wine, but I managed to grab one packing of Istrian traditional pasta – fuži and I am planning to show you what I made from it very soon (check out the post here!)

The day was slowly passing by and we need to get back to the car in order to make it to Pula, our last city on this trip, during the daylight.

Pula

The purpose of our visit to Pula was to see Arena, the Roman amphitheater. Neither of them ever visited the one in Rome, so Arena of Pula was a great introduction to Roman’s inheritance. Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters outside Italy and it is also used as a concert venue during the summer. To attend one of the concerts in Arena is definitely on our bucket list!

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Arena of Pula © Mexatia

After paying a visit to Arena, we were already quite hungry so the restaurant hunt was begun. Jaime wanted to eat fish, so he got a bit frustrated with prices of fish. He grumbled how we are on the coast and fish should be much cheaper, but that is what situation is like in Croatia. Finally,  we found a restaurant named “Kantina” (engl. canteen). We liked the decor and decided to give it a shot. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. I loved couvert the most – they served us goat cheese with truffles, which was excellent and I liked truffles in this combination much more. Jaime finally got his fish (but super small and still expensive, what made him even more grumpy). For the main dish I decided on fuži, traditional pasta, once again and it was very good.

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Jaime’s meal in restaurant Kantina in Pula © Mexatia

Our late lunch in Pula turned out to actually be dinner. There was a long trip back to Zagreb in front of us. We were all tired but overwhelmed with emotions and impressions. Stunned by beautiful Istria, we all knew 36 hours was not nearly enough and that we will be back soon.

Did you visit Istria and tried its marvelous food? Which city and activities did you like the most?

 Read more about Istria in our other posts:

10 great ideas how to spend 3 days in Motovun, Croatia

Lovely little design Apartment Piazza in Rovinj, Croatia

6 fun things to do in Rovinj all year round

Arena of Pula: When in Rome… Wait, I’m in Croatia!

What to eat in Istria: 8 amazing products you MUST try

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Lovely little design Apartment Piazza in Rovinj, Croatia

Lovely little design Apartment Piazza in Rovinj, Croatia

APARTMENT PIAZZA IN ROVINJ, CROATIA

As a traveler and hotelier, I always have the most fun finding accommodation for the trips I took. There is something magical in discovering new cities and kinds of accommodation they offer. From the first glances on Booking.comHotels Combined and TripAdvisor to further and deeper investigation of hotel scene, my heart is filled with excitement and anticipation. Every new link I open with joy and expectancy, until I find a perfect match.

Not once I changed a city because of a wonderful hotel or lovely furnished apartment. As well I decided to skip some cities just because I could not find a nice place to stay. My rule is very simple – it needs to catch my eye. It can be pretty, stylish, elegant, traditional, old, new, green, blue, … but it needs to have *that something*.

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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

When we first got an idea to organize a quick getaway to Istria, I did not plan a route. I looked for an apartment which is going to determine it. I found a stunning small apartment Piazza in Rovinj, Croatia, which immediately made my heart glimpse. I loved it so much that I booked it immediately. It seemed like a perfect place for our stay.

Rovinj was short 3 hours drive from Zagreb and right after entering the city, I gave a call to the apartment Piazza. The lady who answered, Franceska, seemed very nice and she explained to us how to reach the parking we reserved. Since it was our first time in Rovinj, I decided it is better to pay extra 5€ for apartment Piazza’s parking than get lost in the night trying to find parking where we can stay overnight.

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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

Apartment Piazza is located in pedestrian zone right on the Rovinj’s main square. Parking is a little bit outside of the zone, around 5 minutes walking distance. Franceska walked us to the apartment and in the moment she opened the door, I fell in love. Every detail was in its place. The apartment was comfortable, elegant and, most importantly, functional. Here are our pro’s and con’s about Apartment Piazza and why you should definitely choose it for your stay in Rovinj.

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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

Pros:

  • Location – Apartment Piazza has a prime location on the main square, in the middle of all happenings and close to everything in the city. For us, the location was more than excellent. It was only a few minutes walking to the old basilica as well as the marina and numerous restaurants. We visited in October what meant that season already ended and the city was empty and quiet in the evening. Mornings were a little bit louder, but nothing that would bother us.
  • Design – I cannot find appropriate words to describe how beautiful this apartment is. It is evident lots of attention and love has been put into its decoration. Ever since we left, I’ve been wondering who did an interior design, because he or she did a hell of a job! It is beautiful, stunning, gorgeous, … I could not stop staring into a huge, flowery, stunning chandelier which dominated the apartment. Then I stepped into the bathroom and I was amazed by its mirrors and sink. Walls, bed, curtains, glasses, cups. Everything.
  • Comfortable – King size bed. A huge pile of pillows. Comfy blankets. Heaven.
  • Has absolutely everything – Even though apartment Piazza is not big (~40 m2), it has everything you need. Small kitchen with wonderful glasses, washing machine, beautiful bathroom, living room with smart TV and huge bed right next to it.
  • Lovely and helpful staff – Last but not least, Ms. Franceska was nice, polite and helpful. It is always nice to deal with lovely staff!
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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

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Apartment Piazza © Mexatia

Cons:

  • Location – Location on the main square can be a bit tricky during the season. I imagine it can be quite loud because just underneath you can find several coffee bars where people drink coffee since early in the morning and late at night.
  • Internet – WI-FI was not working that night. We were not able to connect, but since we were staying only one night, we did not bother them with resetting the modem and so. In case same happens to you, definitely contact them.
  • Keychain – Keychain has written apartment name on it. Try not to lose it, because the finder will easily know where he needs to go. (I strongly suggest to Apartment Piazza to change it!)

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Overall score

We loved it! Apartment Piazza was everything we could ask for. Beautiful, functional and comfortable. We are definitely going to stay here again. Big recommendations!

Stayed in October 2015

Apartment Piazza
Trg Marsala Tita 8, Rovinj, Croatia
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Read more about Istria in our other posts: 

36 Hours in Istria: Our Small Guide to Croatia’s Most Visited Region

6 fun things to do in Rovinj all year round

10 great ideas how to spend 3 days in Motovun, Croatia

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