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Coordinates Casa Acqua Dolce - Oprtalj: 45.3813, 13.8235
Coordinates Casa Balini - Balini: 45.3606, 13.8065
Our holiday villas in Istria, Croatia, are still close to Western Europe: 1.300 km from Brussels, 500 km from Munich. So coming by car is a valid alternative, though an airline might be more comfortable. Underneath you will find some indicative suggestions. For more information do not hesitate to ►contact or phone us +32/475-969865.
Concerning Corona: when you travel by car, know that from June 15 you if you come from Belgium or the Netherlands, you can travel to Croatia without any problem through Germany, Austria (only in transit) and Slovenia (only in transit). Croatia also allows citizens of Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany entering the country. For the time being, avoid Italy, since you may be stopped at the Slovene border. You can enter Croatia on the condition that you have a confirmed reservation in a holiday home. To shorten the waiting time at the Croatian border, you can report your journey online to the Croatian authorities (https://entercroatia.mup.hr/) and we will send you a confirmation form for your reservation.
Hereunder, you will find the map of Istria. Oprtalj, the town in which our houses are located, is situated in the upper-left corner.
As you can see, Oprtalj is not far from the sea, Italy (Trieste), Slovenia (Koper) or tours sights such as Rovinj and Pula.
Coming from the North, we advise you to come via the Karawanken Tunnel to Slovenia at the Austrian border and continuing via the highway to Ljubljana and Koper. From there you can enter Istria either via Buzet (Balini) or Buje (Oprtalj). If your destination is the east coast, then travel via Rijeka.
When coming from Italy you will travel via Trieste.
You can come by plane and make use of the many cheap airlines available. For guests from the Benelux and the London area, there is now the possibility to fly with Ryanair to Trieste (Italy), at only some 1,5 hour drive and Pula (Croatia) less than one hour from both houses. A much used alternative connection is Treviso (3 hours), near Venice, again with Ryanair. In this case many use the opportunity to visit Venice on the way. It is possible to rent a car from Hertz (accessible from the RyanAir website) from each airport.
Other airports are Rijeka (a little over 1 hour) in Croatia with EasyJet. Ljubljana (two hours) is another possible airport.
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By train or bus
Coming by train, you can reach Istria using the following lines: Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Divaca - Buzet - Pula or Zagreb - Rijeka - Pazin - Pula. More info on www.hznet.hr. When coming from Italy you can take the train from Venice to Triest, and continue by bus (www.visit-croatia.co.uk/travellingaround/bus.htm). The Croatian buses stop at the bus stop just next to the railway station in Trieste. This is also a cheap alternative when arriving by plane in Treviso, Venice or Trieste. Bus connections can be found everywhere in Istria. Note: when booking a house, we will supply you with tailor made instructions and road maps.
When coming from Italy, one may want to take a ferry across the Adriatic Sea. But even along the coast of Croatia, the ferry is a valid alternative. There are daily connections with Dubrovnik and all possible ports in between. This means of transport is a very fast and comfortable way of travelling. At the same time this is also a beautiful experience.
The Croatian coast is dotted with islands embedded in a blue sea. For more information we refer to the website of for example www.jadrolinija.hr