During the years here in Croatia, we have visited almost all corners of the country, but main the visits has been working related, so for this eastern we decided to make family trip to Istria, so Saturday morning at 9:30 we left Split and headed for Istria.
A couple of weeks ago i was contact by a German guy named Carlo, he had read on our German blog, that we plan to make trips to events here in Croatia, so he wanted to meet with us and discuss potential working relationship, anyway Carlo also offered to book private accommodation in Porec for us, which we gladly accepted, as it actually can be quit difficult to find and apartment which is not closed for the winter.
As we after 5 hours driving arrived at our meeting point with Carlo, the hotel Diamant (Diamond) in Porec, we where quite existed to see what Carlo had booked for us? I turned out to be a perfect apartment, in the suburbs of Porec – Vranići, just 100 meters from one of the best Konoba’s (Restaurants) in Porec.
After unpacking our stuff, we went down to the old town in Porec, at this time of year there is of course not as much life as in the summer, but it is still very nice place for a walk. What surprised me a bit was the price level here, although knowing Porec is one of the major tourist destinations in Croatia with around 700.000 yearly visitors, i found several things which was double price compared to Split, which at least at this time a year was to much. Anyway, we had a nice 2 hour walk in the old town before we headed back to the apartment.
At 19 we went to our local Konoba Kvartin to meet Carlo, he immediately introduced us to the very nice owners, Gina and Dino, their restaurant is famous not only in Porec, where a 2 page picture from the restaurant can be found in the mid section of the official tourist brochure, but also in other parts of the country. The restaurant is filled with historical object collected mainly from local farms in the area, so inside the restaurant actually looks like small museum.
This evening we decided to try the mixed grill from the menu, although Carlo insisted we should take the Gnocci (next day we found out why). The meal was excellent, especially the home made fries was “Prvo liga” first class, Carlo told me that everything you get by Gina and Dino is homemade, Dino him selves travel around to the local farms and fishermen and pick the best of what he can find. Around 21 we Lene decided to take the kids to the room, I stayed and had a glass of wine with Carlo which ended being several glasses and we also had a taste of Dino’s homemade Rakija, so I was a bit dizzy when I went home around midnight.
Of course I have to recommend Gina and Dino’s restoration, it is absolutely on of the best i have tried in Croatia, so here is the direction how to get there. If you go from Porec centre direction Umag / Novigrad, you will come to a roundabout after approximately 2 km, in the roundabout you go in direction Vižnjan and take the first road on the right 3 times in a row after exiting the roundabout, you should be infront of the resturant.
Address is : Konoba Kvartin, Vraniči, Humska 14, 52440 PorecTags: Istrien, our trips, Porec, restaurants