About Casa Funtana

12/20/04

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Casa Funtana is an old Istrian stone house situated in the small fishing village of Funtana in Istria. The house was sympathetically renovated in 2004 with the addition of a first floor terrace and the conversion of the attic space to a second bedroom with a roof terrace. There are beautiful views from the terrace over the village down to the local marina and out to sea. On a good day you can see the Alps in Italy from the roof terrace.

The house has been renovated keeping as much as possible of the old stone walls but with the addition of modern double-glazed windows and doors, modern sanitation and a new fully-fitted kitchen. The two terraces afford good views over the village and are very private. Enjoy a bottle of wine on the terrace whilst watching the sun go down over the sea. The kitchen is well-equipped with an electric oven, a gas and electric hob, a fridge with freezer compartment and a washing machine. We have provided electric kettle and toaster for those who like their home from home. There is abundant crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking utensils. The  rooms are all newly furnished and have plenty of storage space. In the lounge we have provided a cd/dvd/radio player as well as a 21" television. For those of you that just have to answer email we have an ISDN connection.

The house is about 500ms from the sea. There is a good clean public beach next to the main hotel, with cafes and snacks available within the hotel complex. The water is clean and clear and there is a designated swimming area. The hotel also has tennis courts available for hire. Down by the old fishing harbour is a newly built marina, with cafe, restaurants and chandler. We have provided beach towels, airbeds and collapsible beach chairs as well as snorkelling mask and snorkel.

Being in a village the house has access to good local amenities. 50 yards away is the local mini-market, open mornings and evenings and selling food, drinks and groceries. At the entrance to the village are the local post-office, a tourist-office, a bank atm (cashpoint) as well as another mini-market. Funtana is well catered for with restaurants - there are some 20 to choose from for those who wish to have a break away from the kitchen. There is an ice-cream parlour for the kids (including big ones with a sweet tooth) and a couple of bars for the adults. There are local stalls and houses selling produce and wine. There is also a riding-school within easy walking distance, as well as a discotheque - although this is far enough away (about a mile) not to be either seen or heard from the house.

Further afield there are plenty of things to see and do, particularly for the active amongst you. To the north of Funtana, about 8kms away, is Porec, one of the main tourist destinations in the whole of Croatia. It has a pretty and well maintained old town, with one of the best-preserved Byzantine Basilica in the region. There is a large marina, with daily boat excursions. There are numerous restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a good selection of shops and supermarkets. It has a couple of Aquaria as well as a well-developed tourist infrastructure. There is a main bus station as well as several car hire firms. The nearest hospital is located here as well.

In and around Porec, you can find various sports and sporting activities including:- water-skiing, diving, snorkelling, sailing, wind-surfing, jet-ski hire, tennis, table-tennis, min-golf, cycle hire, go-karting, paint-balling, bungee jumping, horse-riding. For those of you who wish to improve your game there are coaches in most activities.

To the south, about a leisurely half hour drive away, is Rovinj, one of the prettiest towns in the whole Peninsula, and justifiably one of the most famous,  with the distinctive campanile of St Euphemia's (188 steps) providing a vantage point over the bay. In the summer the streets of Rovinj are taken over by artists displaying their paintings and sculptures. Practically every guide book or brochure on Croatia has a picture of Rovinj's hilltop campanile in it. Further south still is Pula, with its well-preserved roman amphitheatre and forum. Inland are the hill top towns of Motovun, famous for its week long summer film festival, Oprjtal, Momjan and Groznjan with its music schools and summer long music program, perched high above the limestone houses and with possibly the best views this side of Tuscany.

Funtana is only 70kms to the Italian border (via Slovenia) and the airport at Trieste is served by Ryanair daily. Other easily accessible airports are located at Pula in the south of the peninsula and at Rijeka just over the Ucka mountain, both served by charter companies. Ljubljana, across the border in Slovenia, is served by Easyjet. Both Easyjet and Ryanair also fly to Venice, which is only 3 and a half hours by road and slightly less by boat. There are good road connections from Porec to the main Croatian motorway network starting at Rijeka and there will soon be a good fast road to connect us to Slovenia and hence to Italy.

     

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