Photos by Igor Drandić and Tourism Office Bale
Neo apartment is a relaxing, romantic and we believe an inspiring place to stay. Located just 300 m away from the center of Bale – a small town 22 km away from Pula, 12 km away from Rovinj and 6 km away from the sea.
You can find whatever you may need in the town center: shops, post office, bars, restaurants, bakery, newsagent, pastry shop, souvenir shop, Ulika museum, drugstore and medical center.
This historical stone town, located on the west coast of Istria, was established to defend the trade route between Trieste and Pula. It was built on a hill surrounded by vast olive orchards and vineyards, only 6 km away from a pristine sea and coast. The narrow, cobbled streets encircling the medieval 15th- century palace belonging to the Bembo family hide numerous stories. The Gothic-Renaissance Bembo Palace dates back to the 15th century when two towers were connected by a bridge. There is also the 19th-century parish church and the 15th-century Gothic-style Holy Spirit Church.
However, nowadays Bale is not only a town – the Bale municipality is a also a natural unit consisting of farmland, pastures and woods where even today you can spot numerous ancient ruins, Roman roads, cisterns, wells, Roman villas, oil presses, churches…
The 45th parallel goes through the southernmost part of this municipality, thus making it an ideal place to live – right in the middle between the Equator and the North Pole. The average annual temperature is 14 degrees Celsius, with 2,400 hours of sunshine a year, making it a popular tourist destination.
This municipality is famous for butterflies. There are 390 butterfly species living in this pristine area and therefore this animal is the symbol of Bale. You will probably spot numerous butterflies on our trekking and cycling trails.
Bale is a peaceful and relaxing place inspiring numerous tourists, athletes and artists. There are many art and music events during the summer that attract large crowds. One of them is Last Minute Open Jazz Festival, one of the most popular jazz festivals in this part of Europe. During this festival taking place in August each year this picturesque town becomes a large jazz stage.
Bicycle tourism is very popular in Istria offering numerous roads and forest trails. We specialize in providing accommodation for cyclists and offer all the necessary info on trails, maps and cycling events.
Neo apartment is not only about accommodation – we offer a unique and relaxing experience, based on our local knowledge and your individual needs. An experience far more authentic than anything offered by luxury hotels.