Bale (www.bale-valle.hr) is the hidden secret of Istria. Located only 14 km away from Rovinj, this tiny, quiet village is a perfect bolt-hole from Rovinj's or Pula's tourist crowds.

„Castrum Vallis” was founded by the Roman Caius Pulcrus to control the road leading from Pola (Pula) to Parentium (today Poreč), along the salt pan fields. Since then centuries have passed, still it seems time stands still in this village: the stone houses, the cats lying lazily in the narrow passages, the old ladies sitting in the street chatting were forgotten here by the past. However it seems that both locals and visitors do not mind this at all.

The event of ’Bale Night’ takes place every year, on the first Saturday of August. On this day the village people gather together on the main square (La Musa) and together with visitors enjoy local food, Istrian music and dance.

The closest beach to Bale is located between Barbariga and Garzota.

Getting here & around

By car
Zagreb (A1) – Rijeka (A7, A8) – through the Ucka tunnel (30 Kn fee) – Kanfanar (A9) – towards Pula. The village is halfway between Pula and Rovinj. You have to leave the Y motorway at Vodnjan sjever.


Zagreb – Rijeka                     70 Kn                      

Tunnel Učka – Vodnjan sjever  47 Kn (incl. tunnel fee)

By bus
Pula – Bale      (7-8 buses daily)      25 Kn
Rovinj – Bale   (7-8 buses daily)       23 Kn

Tourist information

Rovinjska ulica 1.

Tel: +385 (0)52 824 391

e-mail: info@istria-bale.com






Church of St. Elisabeth

Zig-zag streets lead to this old church on the top of the Mon Perin hill. Tomaso Belbo, who was the podesta (chief magistrate) of Bale between 1845 and 1891, had it built on the site of a former 9th-century of which chrypt can be still visited.

In the chrypt a lapidarium can be found which includes ancient sculptures, tombstones, an 11-century wooden altar and a stone sarcophagus with the remains of Bale's patron saint, St. Julian.

Bembo Castle

The castle was built to serve defensive aims and was accessible only by a drawbridge in the 15th cenutry. Its two square towers are connected with the Gothic-Renaissance residental part with Renaissance windows and a loggia. Today it serves the local Italian community.

The renovated Town Hall is located on the square, too. Founded in the 14th century, it hosts a statute of the Republic of Venice from 1477.


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