Medulin, a small town and municipality, is located in the Istrian peninsula in Croatia. The town is famous for its camping sites, sandy, pebble, and rocky beaches. And one of the main centers of Istrian tourism. Medulin is where romanticism meets history in an idyllic atmosphere. 8 km from Pula, Medulin was once just a small fishermen’s village. And now it has become a popular tourist destination. Medulin’s history goes back to the Roman period like many other Istrian towns. In the beginning, it had been mentioned as various names like Mutiliano, Metilino, and Mutilla. Medulin has a population of about 6,777 people. Which increases to 10,000 during the months of July and August because of tourism. This picturesque and tranquil coastal town makes the Medulin Riviera together with Prematura, Banjole, and Pomer.
Best Time to Visit
The town gets the most of tourism in July and August. So these months will be the busiest for the town. Weather in March is very unpredictable and too cold. If you want to visit Medulin with fewer crowds, Visit in June. The weather will be warmer or hot. And the tourists will have begun to come here but it won’t be crowded like July and June.
Things to Do
From historical sites to cultural attractions, Medulin offers a number of things to do. The narrow alleys and magnificent buildings in Mediterranean style of the historic old town of Medulin, the Vižules archaeological site with ruins of Roman villas, old windmills by the sea, ancient Pula, Istrian Mummies, National Park Brijuni, National Park Plitvice Lakes, Nature Park Cape Kamenjak, Venice and many other beautiful sights on the Istrian peninsula. Medulin also offers various sports like golf, horse riding, football, water sports, and others. It’s beach Bijeca and other nearby tourist centers like Rovinj, Pazin, Poreč, and Umag makes this place center of many exciting and adventurous things to do in the area.
Exploring Ancient History and Places
Well-preserved remains of ancient civilizations, attractive Istrian medieval towns, as well as the priceless treasures of their churches, constantly attract tourists from around the world searching for new information, insight, and wonders.
The Vižula peninsula in Medulin has remains and traces of Romans who settled here in ancient times. There are buildings and the remains of buildings on the peninsula from 1st century AD.
These findings have made the buildings on the peninsula the most important archaeological finds in Croatia. The remains of a luxury Roman villa built in the period from Emperor Augustus to Constantine the Great can also be found on the peninsula. During summer months, performance takes place in Medulin about the legend of Constantine and his son Crispus. The legend states that stepmother of Crispus falsely accused him of raping her and taking over the throne. Due to which Constantine got his own son killed.
About 11 km from Medulin, The Arena, an architectural masterpiece, one of the largest surviving Roman arenas in the world, an ancient Roman amphitheater, built in between 27 BC-68 AD. And is considered as one of the best-preserved monuments in the world with 15 gates and series of underground passages. The amphitheater is the venue for the remarkable Pula film festival, theatrical performances, concerts, and Ice-hockey games.
Temple of Augustus, the well-preserved Roman temple dedicated to first Roman Emperor Augustus. And also goddess Roma- a personification of Rome, was built around 2 BC. Worth admiring, this picturesque temple was a part of a triad of temples. Other temples didn’t survive the harshness of time.
Many cultural events, classical concerts, folk festivals, fisherman's festivals, concerts and handicraft fairs on warm summer nights as well as tourist events.
Medulin’s also known as a favorite sports destination as it offers sports like football, tennis, horse riding, bicycle trails, mini golf, sailing, flying, diving, beach volleyball, bowling as well as many other water sports including windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, water skiing, jet ski, kayaking, snorkeling. Get the experience of rich undersea fauna and flora world of the beautiful Medulin landscape, breath-taking panoramic sights and the excitement of exploring the undersea world of the Adriatic coast during the semi-submarine ride.
In the vicinity of Medulin is the small fishing town of Premantura and the protected landscape of Cape Kamenjak, the southernmost point of Istria with magical views and white rocky beaches, the historical city of Pula, the National Park Brijuni as well as other Istrian cities like Rovinj, Porec, Novigrad or Umag.
Medulin offers local Istrian dishes, homemade pasta (fuzi and gnocchi), asparagus, soups (manestre), crab salad, cuttlefish risotto, Istrian prosciutto, the famous Istrian truffles, and the Istrian beef (boskarin). All accompanied by Istrian wines as well as a variety of Bars, lounges, Jazz and Blues cafes, Sports bars or clubs.
The one-kilometer sandy beach of Bijeca referred to as "the only true sandy beach of Istria" offers shady woodland and plenty of space to stretch out. And a wide range of gastronomic delights. Skrape, a popular rocky beach among the local people is ideal for sunbathing and various water games.
Suggested Books to Read while on Vacation
* Girl at War by Sara Nović, A historical and war fiction novel. * Chasing a Croatian Girl: A Survivor's Tale by Cody McClain Brown, A Humorous Memoir. * The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht, a historical fiction.
Types of Rentals Available
If you’re visiting Medulin, you’ll have to find places to stay in the area. The types of rentals available in the area are house rentals, hotel room rentals, holiday resort rentals, apartment rentals, and room rentals. As well as campsites in and around the area. The price range can vary depending on your wallet. Campsites and hotels offer various amenities and facilities like sports, entertainment, as well as restaurants and other facilities. The types of rentals you choose totally depends on your taste and needs as well as your wallet. BnB rentals or hostel rentals near Samy’s Ranch are available on a pocket-friendly budget for vacation.