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Bale – Hotel town

22 November 2011 No Comment

‘La Grisa’ hotel recently opened in the old town core of Bale, a small Istrian town close to Rovinj and Pula. The hotel was constructed by the renovation and joining up of three old buildings into one. The houses share a garden which will be turned into a terrace adjecant to the hotel restaurant. One can get from one street to the other through the yard and the archway and the central reception is right next to the hotel. 12 rooms and one apartment are curently opened for quests. The opening of a café, kitchen and restaurant, a wine room and a place to taste indigenous products is expected soon. 12 more rooms and one apartment as well as a luxury wellness centre will be created in the last phase.

Hotel La Grisa is part of the story of Bale, a hotel town where the entrance to the city is the reception desk, while its old lively streets make up for hotel corridors. Bale offers guests an original tourist offer thanks to the collaboration of different entrepreneurial initiatives. So for instance, a guest who comes to one of the most beautiful and most luxurious Istrian estates Meneghetti, can try top quality olive oil, awarded in Croatia and abroad, produced by the local olive oil producer Emanuel Grubić. While visiting you can also tour his oil museum and find out how oil was made a hundred years ago, after which you can enjoy jazz music at the local tavern as well as classical music concerts, visit an exhibition at the lapidarium and art workshops as well as look around the lavender oasis and other indigenous plants in the arboretum under the name Histria Aromatica.

All of this was recognized by Loney Planet two years ago, which named Bale – because of the international «Last Minute Open Jazz Festival» – a place definitely worth visiting along with Dubrovnik.

The picturesque small, stone town of Bale dates back to the Roman Empire. The Italian name Bala-Valle means valley. The Roman castle became a fortified town in the middle ages and was first mentioned as Castrum Vallis (Valle) in 965. Today, it is a town whose town core is full of interesting sites, from the Gothic-Renaissance castle Soardo-Bembo and the 19th century tower in the centre to the parish church and the city hall with a loggia from the 14th century.

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