Discover Mramornica cave during a Croatia self catering holidays

The interior of the Istrian peninsula is dominated by the Karst mountains, where a variety of large and small caves can be found. Our huge selection of family villas in Croatia are perfect for exploring Istria and discovering the enchanting caves. As an example, not far from Brtonigla is one of the largest Istrian caves in existence: the Mramornica cave. Steeped in history, the cave was first mentioned back in 1770 by famous travel writer Alberto Fortis, who visited several times in order to witness the beautiful spot. Now, it is a fantastic destination for those looking to explore Istria during a self catering holiday in Croatia.

Mramornica is also home to one of the largest underground halls in Istria, which is full of stalactites of various colours. The stalagmites reach heights of up to thirteen metres and the cool temperatures found within the caves provide a welcome relief after a day spent sunbathing or relaxing on a sunny Croatian beach. Mramornica is open from April to the end of August, or in other months by appointment.

Discover local cuisine whilst staying in one of our family villas in Croatia

When visiting the caves or simply when exploring the surrounding area of Novigrad, we recommend that you visit the restaurant Sterle, near Brtonigla. For adults, the wine cellar and kitchen offer local specialities, whilst children will enjoy the on-site farm with a variety of ponies and animals. In fact, one of the many benefits of a Croatia self catering holiday is the opportunity to sample the tasty local cuisines and delicious wine on offer!

Alternatively, the cave ‘Feštiner Kingdom’ is located near the village Feštini at Žminj, just 25 kilometers east of Rovinj. The destination is perfect for those wishing to connect with nature whilst relaxing in one of NOVASOL’s huge selection of holiday homes Croatia. Upon entering the cave, you will hear the harmonious sounds of drops of water that have developed the rocks and underground lakes. You may discover rock formations such as ‘magic hat’, ‘Tower of Babylon’ and ‘bat wings’. The cave is open daily from May to September and during the weekends at other times.

Whilst in the area, you may wish to discover the beautiful landscape, renowned for its endless hiking possibilities. As you can see, it is hard to be bored whilst staying in one of our villas in Istria!