The Perfect Winter Getaway

Rocca Riviera is a perfect choice if you are looking for a winter getaway. Rocca Riviera luxury apartments are fully equipped for everything you need to make your holiday stress-free and relaxed.

In the winter months, Umag has a comfortable temperature of 12 degrees celsius on average, perfect for weather-sensitive people who want to avoid winter temperatures or who want to get away from city pollution and miss the sea breeze.

To start your day, Rocca Riviera will deliver freshly baked pastries to your doorstep. You can enjoy the morning sun while sipping on your favorite coffee. A perfect slow start to your day.

Food and snacks. Delicious, fresh croissants

In the afternoon, make sure to make use of the sun’s rays by going on a bike ride by the sea or, if you are more adventurous, on one of the many bike roads in Istria. You can bring your bike that will be safely stored in the garage, but in case you forget, Rocca Riviera also provides bikes and e-scooters.

Following an active day in nature, take some time to visit the wellness center, which includes a meditation room and a sauna, or finish your day with some yoga in the gym. If you wish for some fun after a relaxing day, visit a Christmas market in Rovinj or Poreč and enjoy some hot chocolate and cozy vibes.

To finish up your holiday shopping list, visit the nearby city of Trieste, only a 30- minute drive from Rocca Riviera, and treat yourself to some retail therapy and authentic Italian cuisine.

After a winter holiday like this, you will return home refreshed and ready for what the new year may bring!

And at the end, we want to mention January 1, 2023, Croatia will become the 27th country in the Schengen area. Border and customs checks will be abolished at the borders between Croatia and Slovenia. We can finally forget about the crowds at the border crossings 🙂

Hope to see you soon!

Truffle Museum in Istria

In Paladin, next to Buzet, the famous truffle family Karlić opened the first truffle museum, dedicated to everything that makes truffles in Istria, but also much more widely. Through details from history, tools, and interesting facts about truffles, every visitor leaves here richer for a new experience and a different experience of truffles.

We can rightly say that this museum is “a small museum with a lot of souls”. The Truffle Museum is a new project of the Karlić family, responsible for numerous innovative tourism products related to truffles, such as truffle hunting. After the new tasting room opened a few years ago, now it’s the museum’s turn. It contains everything that makes up truffle farming in Istria, but also additionally refined it with a wider picture of truffles in the world, with the desire that the visitor can get to know this interesting and special mushroom in a simple, unburdened and fun way, one of the oldest foods that we still use today.

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– For many years this was my wish and dream. We bought an older building near our tasting room, and there I wanted to show in one place how truffle-making developed in Istria, to present the little people who started the story with truffles when they didn’t even know what it was and also to somehow thank to grandfather Ivan Rašpolić for being persistent in searching for and promoting truffles. Today, we are part of the story that places Istria in one of the world’s most important truffle regions – Ivan Karlić told us.

Notes from history

In the museum, you can see what the root of the tree looks like around which the truffles will develop and grow, find out a few details from the history when truffles were attributed divine properties, and feel why the truffle is so popular, which writers dedicated their works to the truffle and which historical personalities served as an aphrodisiac. A special section is devoted to the development of Istrian truffles, the first official discovery of the white truffle in 1929, which confirmed that Istria is a truffle region, as well as the types and specificities of truffles.

Interestingly, each of the four most common types of truffles that thrive in Istria is presented separately, and modern technologies have made it possible for visitors to try their specific smells and see how they differ. The largest truffle of 1.31 kilograms found in the Buzeta Forest in 1999 by Giancarlo Žigante was also presented, and a part of the museum is also dedicated to all those local truffle hunters who contributed to the development of this beautiful story by going hunting every day.

For years, Ivan Karlić collected historical objects from his family, but also other truffle growers, so part of the museum is dedicated to tools such as shovels for digging up truffles, which in Istria are called the, records of collected and sold truffles, old scales, baskets, licenses for hunting for truffles, calculators and other everyday items that were once used during hunting and redemption.

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By bike through Istria

Your Summer Adventure Starts in Istria!

Istria is known for its bike trails and breathtaking landscapes, from dashing country roads and cobbled streets of medieval towns to mountain bike trails.

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So far, through Rocca Rivierra’s blog posts, we have tried to bring you closer to the natural beauties of Istria, the local cuisine, and the cultural events that take place throughout the year. Istria is famous for its bike trails and breathtaking landscapes, and has everything you need for an active, yet relaxing holiday. Explore the dashing country roads and cobbled streets of medieval towns and take a chance on the MTB trails. We are sure you will enjoy it whether you are a professional cyclist or just stopping by for a family holiday.

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You will also have an opportunity to experience the rich history of the Istrian peninsula, dating all the way back to the 11th century BC. Istria was inhabited by the Histri, a prehistoric Illyrian tribe, aIer whom Istria was named.

For the more adventurous bunch, Istria offers a wide variety of trails. Each trail is marked, making it easy to tailor it to your physical ability, ranging from easy, moderately demanding, to very demanding.

Don’t forget to check out the details at http://www.istria-bike.com/en/ bike_trails before deciding which route to take. You will also have the opportunity to rent E-bikes that are eco-friendly, and a great choice if you decide on a one-day cycling trip, and you will easily find E-bike chargers on all trails. You can rent ebikes here: https://www.rent-ebike-umag.com/

Rocca Riviera recommends the Parenzana trail, our personal favourite. The Parenzana trail is 80 km long, encompassing the routes of the former Austro-Hungarian railway. During this cycling adventure, you will pass through the towns of Savudrija, Buje, Grožnjan, Livade, Motovun, and Vižinada, as well as some of the most beautiful scenic areas of this part of Croatia. This is one of the most interesting historical, and gastronomic routes. 

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Don’t miss the opportunity to try some of the traditonal dishes such as the Istrian maneštra, pljukanci, pasta with truffles, and kroštule… Istrian cuisine includes the highest quality ingredients. All ingredients are organic and grown locally. Istrian olive oil and wine are surely a must. Olives and grape orchards are family owned and have been part of the Istrian traditon for decades, making them a world class compe:tor.

We welcome you to discover the magic of Istria and create unforgetable memories. With over 160 historic bike trails, carefully marked to fit your cycling ability, and world class cuisine to enlighten your tastebuds.

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This summer we invite you to join us for and exciting holiday and explore Istria differently.

Welcome!

 

Easter holidays in Croatia

Make Your Reservation Here!  

Easter is around the corner and there is no better place to spend your spring break than a trip to Istria, leaving the cold winter behind and enjoying some spring sun. 

We’ll welcome you to the Rocca Riviera Umag, a luxury residence in the Istria peninsula, a green Mediterranean heart-shaped oasis, located in the westernmost part of Croatia. The natural beauties and mild climate make this destination a favourite resort on the Adriatic.

Quiet and secluded beaches, bike riding along with the cost, diving in the turquoise crystal sea, tasting the best wines in the world, creating selfies and enjoying breath-taking sunsets… yeah, all of this is possible during your Easter holidays! We have decided to create a special offer for all of you who have been thinking of visiting us for some time:

  • PAY 3- STAY 4 nights 
  • PAY 5- STAY 7 nights 

The offer is valid for the period from the 9th to the 24th of April, 2022 

While you are in Umag, don’t forget to take a look at our recommendations for your best spring vacation. Here are four fun ideas to celebrate Easter in our favourite city: 

ENJOY SIPPING ON A CAPPUCCINO IN THE SUN BY THE SEA

After a long winter we are all in need of some vitamin D. Soak up some sun in beautiful calm cafes in the Old Town or by the sea.

DISCOVER ISTRIA WITH A BIKE OR BY CAR

If you are a fan of cycling, we’re sure that you will enjoy the sections where one of the most famous races in Europe is held- the Istria 300. For the best recommendation and trails please visit https://www.istria-bike.com. On the other hand, if you still prefer the comfort of a car, but also care about protecting our planet, you can find charging stations for your e-car in our city and enjoy the ride. There are 67 ecological network areas in the territory of Istrian County that you can visit during your Easter holiday but please follow the rules of conduct and respect nature. 

Definitely check Brijuni National Park, Kamenjak- the southernmost tip of Istria, Učka Nature Park.

For the most demanding adrenaline seekers we have paragliding and kite surfing, free climbing or rock climbing, running or biking along the most demanding trails, caving and skydiving are ideal for enjoying the beautiful preserved coastal and rural landscapes of Istria.

ENJOY THE FOOD

In the new winter edition, the specialized American travel magazine Ultratravel presents Istria as one of the TOP destinations that should inevitably be visited in 2022 paying special attention to food and nature. So be sure that after visiting one of the most beautiful beaches and natural landscapes around Umag during your Easter holidays in Istria you try some of the local food specialities and products that also have the ECO OPG label – wine, olive oil, homemade honey, cosmetics, essential oils, etc.

VISIT CULTURAL EVENTS OR A MUSIC FESTIVAL

Umag Riveria provides many superb cultural events, such as the Istra Music Festival with performances from choirs and orchestras from all over the world. This year, in the period from April 20 to 24, the 10th International festival of choirs and orchestras will be held in Poreč (Istria, Croatia). For more info visit https://www.mrf-musicfestivals.com/festival-of-choirs-and-orchestras-in-istria-croatia/

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For the first time, Rovinj’s Gandusio Cinema brings to its screen the charm of Russian ballet stages and world-famous operas from the very centre of New York, with live broadcasts of the greatest cultural music and drama spectacles – the Metropolitan Opera and the Bolshoi Theater. See the repertoire at the following link https://www.pour.hr/events/2896-metropolitan-opera-i-boljsoj-balet-uzivo-u-gandusiju

Rocca Riviera offers a sauna, outdoor pool and a fully equipped gym, to satisfy all your needs.

Pack your bags!

P.S. The month of May is traditionally reserved for all lovers of good music. Cypress Hill, Meduza, Amelie Lens, Umek, Dubioza Kolektiv are coming to the Sea Star Festival this year… Get your ticket at https://www.seastarfestival.com/

Note: This offer is valid only for direct booking on our website.

Long Term Rent

WINTER ESCAPE TO ISTRIA

Hello snowbirds,

We know you all want to escape air pollution and fog, especially if you live and work in larger cities during the fall and winter months when a meteorological alarm warning can often be heard on the news. 

What would you say, if we tell you that we offer the perfect escape from all this for you and your employees at super affordable prices, where you will be able to truly enjoy the Mediterranean city in the heart of Istria?

In the last two years, we have all changed our work habits and decided to work in comfortable places for us, where we feel safe and beautiful. Caring for our mental and physical health has become much more critical, which very much depends on the work environment and the atmosphere at work. Numerous studies have shown that flexible working hours and working from home have significant benefits for our mental and physical health. 

And what if we add to all that the possibility to wake up near the beach every morning and the lower cost of living? 

We will just say this, we have over 430 kilometers of coastline, approximately about one-third of the Istrian territory is forested. The rest is carpeted with vineyards, olive trees, pastures and orchards. Istria is one of Croatia’s most enchanting regions, ready to delight everyone from beach bums to history buffs, foodies to cyclists, wine lovers, and rock climbers. 

The long, indented coastline is dotted with beaches, a drowned valley, and fascinating coastal towns like Umag, Rovinj, Pula and Poreč. From there, it’s easy to explore the hill villages of Motovun, Grožnjan, Buzet, Bale and Buje deep in Istria’s rolling interior. 

Dozens of small rural villages will remind you of Italy, the best wine and olive oil, and beautiful architecture that will leave you breathless. No wonder travel writers can’t decide whether Istria is the “new Tuscany” or the “new Provence”!

It’s not just the mild, sunny climate and easy-going way of life that invites comparison to the best Mediterranean destinations; it’s also the devotion to fine eating that bewitches visitors. Istrian cuisine offers some of the best dining in Croatia, especially for fish, smoked meat and truffles. Istria’s long culinary tradition is heavily influenced by Italy, which is one reason why Italians flock to Istria for their summer holidays.

If we didn’t convince you to move to Istria right away, keep reading…

Due to the increased number of working hours, many employees find themselves in so-called burnout, which can cause severe mental problems. To prevent this and definitely ensure that employees feel good in the workplace (wherever it is in the world), achieve better results, feel more creative and productive, companies around the world offer their employees the option to enjoy an “extended vacation”, while they are working remotely.

If you want to attract top talent, you have to position yourself as a company that cares about its employees. You can offer health insurance, scholarships, spa and wellness center cards, paid parental leave, free gym dues… but why wouldn’t you also choose to have your employees work from one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities in Croatia?

According to the latest measurements, Umag has 2,400 hours of sunshine a year. Wake up in paradise, and welcome to Rocca Riviera Umag!

We offer you:

  • Whole apartment for the min 1- max 4 people (living room, bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, terrace) 
  • All utilities included (electricity, heating, water, internet, garbage …)
  • Cleaning the apartment 3 times a week
  • Change of bed linen 1 weekly
  • Daily towel change
  • Internet connection in the whole building 100/20 Mbps FLAT
  • Equipment for washing clothes and dishes
  • Desk and office chair – home office
  • Unlimited use of fitness and sauna
  • Outdoor heated pool (if weather conditions are good)
  • Unlimited use of electric scooters and bicycles
  • Free parking garage

The special price is 2999,00 EUR / month (with VAT included) 

This exclusive offer limits the number of units. 

Contact us now for an offer! info@roccariviera.hr

So, see you at Umag this year?

JOIN A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF DIGITAL NOMADS AND STAY IN ISTRIA

After the pandemic that took over the world, many people were forced to change their profession, their job, the place, and the time where and when they worked. Whether you just decided to become a digital nomad or you “have experience” with this lifestyle, our city of Umag is ideal for living not only during the summer months but also during the fall and winter. 

The general idea of digital nomads is freedom of movement and work no matter where you are in the world. In this way, you can, despite your work, visit fantastic places around Istria, learn about different cultures, try other foods, meet locals, etc. Complete freedom- while still having an income and an online job.

Digital nomads in Croatia can stay for a year without paying income tax

At the beginning of 2021, Croatia opened its borders, welcoming all digital nomads allowing them to get long-stay visas. New Croatian regulations define a digital nomad as a person outside the EU working remotely in the IT sector or having their own company registered abroad. If you are interested in becoming a digital nomad, you don’t need a tourist visa to enter our country, you can apply for a one-year residence permit after you come to Croatia. But don’t forget you’re not allowed to provide services to Croatian companies, and you don’t have to pay income tax for a year.

If you are searching Google and the topic of digital nomads, most forums will tell you that this kind of lifestyle reduces productivity. Can you imagine you not be productive in the Mediterranean? Hard to believe. Just picture this, you are waking up every morning to the sound of the sea, overlooking the city, and having the opportunity to go to the beach and swim from May to October. Yeah, this is Istria!

If this didn’t convince you, have you heard that CNN and Lonely Planet recognized Croatia as a perfect digital nomad destination

Read more here: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/croatia-digital-nomads/index.html

and here https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/croatia-residency-scheme-remote-work

Apartments for long-term rental in Istria

Despite the excellent weather we also have a rich history, beautiful architecture, the most fantastic sea coast in the Mediterranean and of course delicious food and wine. Yeah, don’t forget the dragons. In addition, the cost of living in Croatia is much lower than in other EU countries.

We offer you luxury accommodation in Umag at affordable prices, with a private pool for residents, a sauna, and a gymRocca Riviera consists of nine apartments, encompassing a living room, two bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a terrace enjoying the beautiful view of the horizon. Every apartment is equipped with a TV, an AC, a hairdryer, an iron, a coffee machine, a washing machine, and a dishwasher. We provide a WIFI connection to our guests, free of charge.

If you go outside, don’t worry, WiFi connections and the Internet are widely available all over the city. Most of the passwords are printed on menus and receipts. Our country is one of the safest in Europe, with lower crime rates and less pickpocketing, so don’t worry, behave appropriately and enjoy your stay. 

On your first visit, you will be able to see that Istria is reminiscent of Italy. Narrow streets, stone houses, wine, and olive trees. We are proud of the heritage that we have preserved for years. Numerous art and music festivals held in our city, as well as sports activities, are another excellent reason to spend a year in Umag. We definitely suggest that you visit two small towns near Umag – Motovun, and Grožnjan, which are only 20 minutes away and are ideal for a one-day visit. In addition, VodnjanBaleLabin are small towns that will delight you with their romantic and easy way of life.

Did we mention to you that you should definitely try our truffles? They are one of the most expensive and luxurious foods in the whole world, and the taste is unforgettable, but in Istria, you can eat them on a budget. In almost all local restaurants, you will find dishes with truffles at affordable prices. Our recommendation is to order traditional pasta with truffles and definitely try the homemade Istrian wine.

The airport in Trieste is only 1 hour and 15 minutes away (direct flights to FrankfurtLondon, Valencia…), and the airport in Ljubljana is 2 hours from Umag (direct flights to Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Zurich, Brussels, Tokyo, New York…) so that friends and family can always come to visit you. 

If this is enough for you to embark on an unforgettable adventure, find the form you need to fill out for a one-year visa at the following link: https://mup.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/stranci/Obrazac%201a.pdf

Also, check this https://www.expatexchange.com/ctryguide/5651/376/Croatia/Immigration-Croatia-Croatias-Digital-Nomad-Visa

For any additional questions, feel free to contact us info@roccariviera.hr 

Email subject LONG-TERM RENT

We will be happy to help you and forward any answers.

ROCCA RIVIERA TEAM

7 REASONS TO VISIT ISTRIA DURING THE AUTUMN

When you live at the seaside everybody will ask you is it hard to let go of summer? What makes it easier for us to say goodbye to summer is the fact that autumn is coming and brings more pleasant weather and lower temperatures, as well as colorful nature. After a summer filled with lots of sun and fun, autumn is an ideal time for all of us to slow down, get cozy, rest, and enjoy.

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People like to visit Istria throughout the year. Whether you are interested in city architecture and culture, or you intend to use the time for gourmet trips, here is why an autumn vacation in Istria is a great idea.

Colder and more pleasant weather between 

September and November, you will see that the weather is much colder in the Mediterranean. So, exploring the city is definitely much more comfortable. However, be sure to pack something warm for nights. Usually, during the day, the temperatures reach up to 25 degrees Celsius; however, at night they drop to around 15 degrees Celsius.

Fewer tourists and crowds

At this time of year, the city of Umag is not too crowded with tourists, so you can easily find all the attractions such as The Museum of Umag, Savudrija lighthouse (the oldest in Croatia), Parish Church of Annunciation, Church of St. Roche or even modern art gallery Marin to visit. 

More vacancies in Rocca Riviera Umag

Although the swimming season in Istria is not over yet, according to the tourist website, you will be able to see that during the autumn, there is a much more extensive selection of accommodation for rent, and the prices are more favorable. This is definitely another reason to visit us. Experience the comfort of the luxurious Rocca Riviera Umag residence, with a separate gym, sauna, and swimming pool. And let’s not forget the great, stunning view of the city from our apartments.

Let’s go to the beach!

Just because it’s autumn, doesn’t mean you can not enjoy the beach, in fact, in Istria you can expect many beautiful bays, which are perfect for swimming from around May to October. Our recommendations are beach Savudrija with boats hanging on wooden pillars, which have become a landmark of the region. An insider tip is to visit it in the evening during sunset when nature is creating romantic shades of red and orange across the sky.

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If you are looking for a natural sandy beach, Zambratija is a real insider tip, especially for families with children. The sea is crystal clear and very shallow, so you can wade through the water. Beautiful and another landmark of the city is the picturesque Polynesian beach. Turquoise sea, the sunken city of Sipar, and a site with Roman remains. No, you are not dreaming. This is Istria!

Sport events in Istria

Numerous athletes and recreationists will find enough reasons to visit Istria even in the autumn months. This year we are especially looking forward to the 8th edition of the ultra trail race 100 Miles of Istria. Since 2016, 100 miles of Istria have been included in the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT), which is an elite group of only a few prestigious world races. The trail stretches from the eastern part of the peninsula, over the highest mountain peaks, and ends on the west coast of the peninsula, in our city of Umag. 

The youngest runners can expect Ledo 1 miles of Istria, a race for the kids in which they will have fun. Information related to the race can be found at www.istria100.com

If you love bikes, we have something for you too. This year’s CRO Race will take place from September 28th to October 3rd. What is specific is that this race consists of 6 stages, which will cover more than a thousand kilometers throughout Croatia, and the penultimate stage will be run in Istria on Saturday, so we invite you to spend that weekend with us. Also, mark the calendar from October 15th to 17th October 2021, and register for the 

Istria Granfondo International Cycling Marathon.

And of course, you can always play tennis in Umag, the most famous tennis destination in Croatia and home to the largest tennis tournament in Croatia.

Drive an oldtimer

If you like oldtimers and that retro vibe, another great festival to enjoy at this time of the year is happening in Umag. This usually takes place during the first week in September, and you really get the opportunity to experience some genuinely retro vibe at exhibitions and while driving oldtimers.

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Amazing food in Istria

Istrian wine is recognized in the world as one of the best, so do not overthink it and be sure to go on a tour of the vineyards. Along the way, you will learn all the details about the wine production process, but also enjoy wine tasting during your visit to the city of Umag. Eat at local gourmet restaurants, try Istria’s craft beer at San Servolo, and visit local olive oil producers, such as Buscina, Cluj, and Farma Jola. 

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And the most important thing is that September is the beginning of the truffle season- so get ready! 

As you wander the streets of Umag, you will smell freshly roasted chestnuts, which are perfectly reminiscent of autumn. Trust us, wandering around the city is really more romantic if you have a pack of freshly roasted chestnuts with you.

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We hope you enjoyed this autumn walk through our beautiful city of Umag, and be sure to let us know what inspired you to visit us.

Istria Featured On Six Austrian Magazine Covers

The northern Adriatic Istrian peninsula is featured on the covers of six Austrian tourist magazines and an influential weekly supplement, Istria County Tourist Board said on Monday, calling this “excellent news.”

ADAC Reisemagazin, Alpe Adria Magazin, Dumont, Der Feinschmecker, and Merian are prestigious tourism and lifestyle magazines that present Istria as a close and attractive destination and bring a wealth of travel and accommodation information and advice on Croatia’s largest peninsula and Austrians’ closest to the Mediterranean, the Tourist Board said.

The weekly supplement in Saturday’s edition of the influential Kurier Freizeit has Istria on its cover and an eight-page spread, the Tourist Board said, adding that this was Austria’s largest-circulation daily with up to 250,000 copies sold.

In a press release, County Prefect Boris Miletić said that “Istria is a world tourism brand today, as confirmed by frequent and numerous features and articles in respectable world media.” He called the fact that Istria was featured on the covers of as many as six magazines in one day “a historic success.” Miletić said that “according to the indicators so far, this season will surpass all expectations, which means that we have been recognized as a safe and desirable tourist destination.” He said Istria would continue to invest in tourism, primarily ecologically sustainable tourism, and culture, food, and nature.

Istria County Tourist Board director Denis Ivošević said the appearance of Istria on six Austrian magazine covers represented incalculable promotion.

The Tourist Board also carried a statement by ART Redaktionsteam director Wolfgang Neuhuber, who said, “Neither Tuscany nor Piedmont nor South Tyrol nor the French Riviera, but Istria.”

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