Travel guide Funtana
Arrival at your holiday home in Funtana
The town of Funtana is located in Croatia on the Istrian peninsula between Porec and Vrsar. To get to your apartment or comfortable holiday home in Funtana, use your own car or public transport such as bus, train or a flight connection. Coming from Germany, you can travel to Istria by car via Munich, Salzburg and Trieste. From Trieste, take the E751 in the direction of Poreč
and after a short distance within Croatia, you will reach your private accommodation in a beachfront holiday home. You can also choose the route via Italy and take the ferry from Venice to Pula. Trains and long-distance buses offer good connections, from where you can continue to your destination with a chic apartment with a pool by regional bus lines or a taxi. There is a smaller airfield in the neighbouring town of Vrsar; the nearest international airport is in Pula
and in Rijeka.
The climate in Croatia
For your holiday in Funtana, you can expect sunny, warm weather almost all year round. The maritime Mediterranean climate provides Croatia with hot summers and mild winters. For a beach holiday in Funtana
on the west coast of Istria, the time between May and October is ideal, although it can get very hot in July and August. If you prefer to hike, you should reserve spring or autumn for this - it is less hot, but still very beautiful and pleasant. Average temperatures are 22 °C in May, 25 °C in June, and 28 °C in July/August. Rain can be expected all year round. Even in summer, it rains about 10 days a month, which, however, provides a welcome cooling effect at high temperatures. Between May and August, you can enjoy 7 to 9 hours of sunshine per day. The water temperature is on average 17 to 19 °C in May and October. From June to September, the water temperature ranges between 21 and 25 °C. For your time in the apartment with a pool and terrace, make sure to pack good sun protection and light clothing. Many apartments are equipped with air conditioning, which can provide cooling during the hottest time.
Sights on Istria
In the centre of Funtana is the parish church of St Bernard, which shines with its white façade. It was built in 1621 and is now considered the symbol of the town. Classical music events take place in the church, as well as services. The castle is the oldest building in Funtana. It was built by Bernardo Borisi and was the centre of the emerging town, which rapidly developed from the small fishing village of Funtana near the ancient city of Vrsar. The freshwater springs, which can be found close to the coast, were once very important for supplying the population. They are now surrounded by a beautiful park and are freely accessible. From your holiday apartment, you can take a beautiful walk on the beach and visit the springs. The surroundings of Funtana offer many beautiful excursion destinations in Istria, such as picturesque olive groves, vineyards and lush vegetation. The old town centre attracts visitors with its small alleys and historical houses, where many shops, taverns and cafes have settled.
Enjoy Croatian art and culture in Funtana
In Istria, numerous traditional festivals and events are held during the summer months. Visit the fishing festivals, held every 14 days in Funtana's harbour from mid-June to the end of August. Here, you can experience Istrian folklore and the customs of the locals. The fishermen offer delicious fish dishes and regional wines, which are passionately produced here. Music and dance are never in short supply in Istria. Throughout the summer, you can attend concerts of classical music in the parish church of St Berhard every Tuesday. Both local and international artists perform here. From time to time, choirs give guest performances, enchanting listeners with their beautiful singing. St. Bernard is the patron saint of the town, and a large folk festival is held in his honour every year in August.
Food and drink on the Croatian Adriatic coast
Istria has a unique cuisine to offer. Many dishes are prepared with fish and seafood, and spicy wine, which has matured in the region, is served alongside. Try homemade calamari, sole or mussels Buzara-style. Tender scallops, which seem to melt on your tongue with their white flesh, come from Novigrad
. Istrian ham, which is particularly low in fat and aromatic, has also gained fame. In spring, wild asparagus is on the menu, and in autumn, you can look forward to fresh truffles.
If you prefer to cook in your accommodation during your holiday, you can do so very cheaply. Almost every holiday apartment has cooking facilities and a refrigerator. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with local cheese, fruit and freshly baked bread from the bakery around the corner in the apartments. At the harbour, you can get fish and seafood directly from the boat if you get up early. In addition, the supermarkets offer all the products you need for your holiday kitchen in your accommodation.
Beautiful holidays in Funtana with the whole family
For a holiday with the whole family, it is best to rent a beautiful apartment or a holiday home with a pool in Funtana
, directly on the beach. Here the children can play in the sand or at the pool right after waking up, and you don't have far to go if you want to take a break from sunbathing. It is practical if the apartment is equipped with WiFi, a balcony, garden or terrace. With several bedrooms, you can enjoy relaxed privacy where parents and children can feel comfortable. There are several beautiful beaches in Funtana. Visit Puntica Beach, Polidor Beach or Valkanela Beach. A great attraction is the Dino Park with its large sculptures and rides such as a mini train or Dino Riders. The Aquacolors Water Park in Porec offers children's pools, a wave pool and plenty of slides. The "Lazy River" promises a relaxing ride through the relaxation zone of the water park.
Highlights for your time in Istria
For culture enthusiasts, a visit to the Euphrasius Basilica in Porec, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, is worthwhile. Dating back to the 6th century, it is one of Croatia's most significant religious buildings. From your accommodation in the holiday apartment, take beautiful trips to Vabriga
to explore the surroundings with their idyllic small towns. In Pula, there is an ancient amphitheatre from Roman times. The arena was built in the 1st century, simultaneously with the Colosseum in Rome, and is now used for concerts and film events. The Brijuni National Park offers a wonderful island landscape. On Veli Brijuni Island, there is a safari park, partly designed as an ethnological zoo, where historical domestic animal breeds are kept and shown to visitors. You can admire the Istrian cattle, the "Boskarin", and the local sheep breed Pramenka. Behind the Gromace headland, there is a bird reserve in the salt marshes where migratory and native birds find refuge. The park's archaeological collection presents dinosaur prints from the area.