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In the far south-east of Istria, among Mediterranean broom vegetation lies fishing and agricultural village Ližnjan whose hilltop overlooks the Kvarner bay and the islands of Cres and Lošinj. The Ližnjan district includes nearby villages Valtura, Muntić, Jadreški and Šišan. The remote but palpable past of this area was written both in the remains of Roman town Vizače (Nesactium) not far away from Valtura, and in the church of St. Mary from Kuj in Ližnjan which bequeathed us the unharmed mosaic from the early Christian period.
The hidden part of unpolluted sea and indented coastline with its rocks and gravel reveals the beauty of 28 km long unsettled coast. A picturesque little port tells us that we are in a place that has always lived upon the benefits of the sea. Taste some of the sea-food dishes and have a sip of Istrian wines Malvazija and Teran - and you will experience a tiny part of the local life.
The significant feature of local fauna is a bird called bee-eater (Merops apiaster) which belongs to an endemic and protected sort of birds that in summertime dwell in Marlera peacefully and undisturbed in its natural environment.
Horse centres offers various services relating to horse-riding activities including horse-riding courses and for those who have passion for hunting there is a large hunting ground with hares, partridges, pheasants, does and wild boars lurking among dense oak wood.
If you prefer diving through the sea depths, the underwater coast along Marlera and partially along the Kuja bay reveals one of the last meadows of flowering Voga.
There are many private apartments for hire and rural tourism is also quite common here. Try and find some of the cottages and you will be soon convinced that life in the south Istria is beautiful.
Ližnjan: What to do / What to see?
HILL OF SVETICA
Ližnjan is mentioned already in 990. A partition panel in limestone with ornament from the second half of X century was found there. Near Kuje bay a limestone capitel from mid 5th century and the Church of Lady of Kuj from 17th century, which was built on the ruins of the previous St. Tomas church were discovered. The floor mosaic dating as far as late ancient ages, an early Christian lamp with a human figure of Christ, and wall remains of the ancient building. are still preserved in the church.
You will reach the church when on the road to Kuje bay. Church was restored in 1995., and along its southern wall a tomb unknown till then was discovered. Later research of the records showed that that is probably the grave of Mate Blazinić, a sailors from Plomin, who died in the Kuje bay in 1756. The church was built on the site of a ancient the Roman villa. More precisely, the church was build in the place of two rooms of the villa rustica. Both rooms had a floor mosaic that can still be seen through the glass floor of the church. Study revealed the existence of thermal facilities within the villa and the lamp with the figure of Jesus of V Century as well. In the centre of Ližnjan there is the Church of Our Lady (of 1896).
The first inhabitants of Liznjan came from the area of Sinj, Poljica and Imotski. This region was governed by the Venetian Republic from the 14th century until the end of the 18th century. In recent history, this area was governed by the French, than Austrian and Italian authorities, but it was part of the Free Territory of Trieste, then part of socialist Yugoslavia, and today it is an integral part of the Republic of Croatia.
Near the Kuje bay there is a site called Kargadur, where archeological research of the fishing village began in 2001 which was inhabited from 5710 until 5630 B.C. After a "break" of about two hundred years, life has returned to the village. While in the whole Adriatic Sea only one fishing hook from that time, was found, on this site eight hooks were found. Moreover, there were found the remains of the first crops in Istria, the volcanic glass (up to now found only in Greece, Hungary and Italy), hunting arrows, jewelry, ceramics pieces
Nezakcij is the most important archaeological site in the entire Istrian peninsula. The large and massive fort of Nezakcij was formed in the Bronze Age. It was the Histrian capital and political and religious center of a tribal alliance of Histrians. In 177 B.C. a decisive battle between the Romans (numerically superior) and Histrians took place. To escape enemy hands, Epulon (king of Histrians), allegedly, threw himself on the sword and died. His soldiers followed his example. After the Roman conquest Nezakcij became a military reconnaissance stations on the road that from Pula, passing through Ližnjan, led to Labin and Liburnia. Findings presented in the light of day derived from the period between the eleventh and seventh century B.C. A necropolis, city walls and the foundation trench are preserved from the pre-historic period., The forum, baths, roads, water, doors and the remains of three temples belong to the Roman period. It is easy to distinguish the ruins of two large basilicaa, rectangular and parallel, early-Christian (5th century). There is a small is a small museum on the site. Most of the findings (urns, vases, oil-lamps, ceramics, glass lacrimarium) is kept at the Archaeological Museum in Pula. Among the findings there are items produced in Greece and Apulia.
Sports and recreation
Liznjan gives you the oppurtunity to take long, pleasant walks along a 28km coast, through wooks and immense meadows, all with marvelous views of the Kvarner islands.
Cycling fans, especially those of mountain-bike can enjoy riding on numerous cycling trachs in the nature.
Riding centres near Liznjan offer numerous opportunities, from riding school, hurdle racing to riding in the nature.
In Ližnjan and in the nearby Medulin the white-sports fans can recreate everyday.
Make your holiday different, free yourself of every-day problems and stress, strenghten your charactes, revive your sleeping adventure spiris with the exciting paintball, a game for men and women of all ages and life styles, all around the world.
At the Salbunic beach there is a beach volley area.
Hunting society „Bena“ helps all who wants to try hunting phaesants, partridges, hares, deer and wild boars.
Birdwatching fans can enjoy in watching the rare and lively bird Merops apiaster, especially in summer months.
Swimming and snorkeling
The crystal clear sea is prefect for swimming and snorkelling, while a nearby diving centre offers a door to the magical aquatic underworld. Numerous, wild rocky and gravel beaches are just made for playing and taking a rest, swimming and game sin the shallow water. Those beaches can be reached by boat or on foot. Local inhabitants will show you how to reach lonely beaches.
In the Kuje bay there is the Salbunić beach, with necessary facilities, and by the Matanićev isak beach there is an attracting pine wood giving the pleasure of shade and Kargadur, remains of a Roman pier when leaving Kuje port.
Strong wind gives exceptional conditions for fast surfing on beautiful waves, and Ližnjan is a known surfers' destination during the whole year. Many surfers' competitions take place there.
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Indulgence and fun
In Ližnjan during the summer several bars including those on beach are opened.
Only 2-3 km away from Ližnjan there is the tourist settlement of Medulin where, in summer, many events for amusement and pleasure take place, including two discotheques, lunapark, various colourful stands, aquagan and sim.
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