ZigZagging Our Way Through Europe
With the temperature rising, we set sail southwest from Rovinj for the 2.7km trip to the peebly beaches of Red Island.
A bit of a misnomer considering it is neither red nor an island, but rather two islets – Sveti Andrija and Maškin – connected by a small causeway. We decided to stay on Sveti Andrija which has been occupied since the 6th century when the Benedictines built a monastery. In the 15th century, the Franciscans reconstructed the monastery and built a church.
Covered in dense flora and vegetation with a vast array of bird species, the island has been declared an ornithological reserve.
Numerous paths and walkways decorated with conifers, flowers and pines provide a special charm and scent of a true Mediterranean island.
As we walk along the path to the beach, we pass stone ruins of the old Benedictine Monastery covered majestically in green flora.
In 1891, a wealthy Baron Georg von Huetterot bought the entire island and converted the church and monastery into his family’s summer house.
Although the islands are now considered uninhabited, there is nevertheless a hotel. Constructed in the l970s, the Hotel Istra is only accessible by boat from the mainland and since no cars are permitted on the island, golf carts are used to transport guests.
Red Island is popular among Croatians of all ages for boating, swimming and virtually every water sport.
While the beaches may be peebly, the stones provide an opportunity to showcase your artistic side.
After a relaxing afternoon on the beach with only the sounds of birds and the sea, we set off back to the dock for our return to Pula. We again pass beautiful stone ruins draped in foliage …
and amazing views of the Adriatic
It is no wonder Red Island is a favorite getaway for Rovinjians.
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