Porec & the Istrian Riviera

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"Unfortunately it was all too soon time to leave and begin our homeward journey."

Mrs Burton


Mrs Burton

"It was a chilly May morning when we left England for our trip to Porec and the Istrian Riveria and my friend Jeanne and I were really looking forward to seeing Croatia, as it was somewhere that had been on our to do list for a while.


We journeyed down through Germany, Austria and Slovenia passing through some outstanding scenery and finally arrived at our destination at The Hotel Crystal. It is always a bit of an anxious moment arriving at the hotel as you wonder what it will be like. Well, Hotel Crystal did not disappoint! It was fabulous with a capital f.
 
For a small amount I upgraded to a room with a balcony and it was nice to sit outside. From my room I could see the sea through the trees and the sunsets were spectacular.
 
Going down for dinner the first night I wondered what the food would be like. No worries there. There was a pizza bar, salad bar and a pasta bar plus the main meals were cooked by chefs, so all food was freshly done, and such a choice. And then of course there was the puddings! At breakfast the next morning I counted at least 10 different sorts of cereal plus assorted nuts and dried fruit. There were yoghurts and fresh fruit too. Cooked breakfast too, ranging from pancakes to bacon and eggs any which way, all again freshly cooked by the chefs…I have to admit I tried everything and put on nearly half a stone!
 
The sister hotel, The Diamant was only a few yards away and boasted a spa and a hairdressers. Jeanne and I treated ourselves and for a modest amount and had a wash and blow dry. We were both impressed.
 
All the staff were so welcoming and friendly which makes a big difference when you are far from home. At night we went to the bar which was large, plenty of seating for everyone and bar staff brought the drinks to your table. No queueing at the bar.
 
We went on nearly all the excursions, Porec itself was lovely and we went into the Basilica which was 6th century and saw the Roman ruins. We found out that we could get a Noddy train into Porec from the hotel grounds and it ran along the sea front.
 
We also visited Ljubljana which was lovely and we went inside the cathedral. Opatiji was another beautiful town and we saw St James Park and the Maiden with the seagull, which is a statue on a rock looking out to sea. We found a lovely restaurant near the sea where I enjoyed the best monkfish I have eaten!
 
Our penultimate trip was to Groznjan followed by Livade where we got to taste truffles. We then carried onto to Pula which has a pretty spectacular amphitheatre and I was quite taken by a bronze statue of James Joyce sitting at a table outside a café, as if he was waiting for a coffee! Apparently he used spend time in Pula.
 
Unfortunately it was all too soon time to leave and begin our homeward journey and return to England via the tunnel.
 
If anyone is thinking about doing this trip I can thoroughly recommend it. The people are lovely and friendly, lots to see and best of all your kuna go a long way. In fact we enjoyed it so much we have booked to go again the same time next year.


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