In the far south-east of Istria, among Mediterranean broom vegetation lies fishing and agricultural village Ližnjan whose hilltop overlooks the Kvarner bay and the islands of Cres and Lošinj. The Ližnjan district includes nearby villages Valtura, Muntić, Jadreški and Šišan. The remote but palpable past of this area was written both in the remains of Roman town Vizače (Nesactium) not far away from Valtura, and in the church of St. Mary from Kuj in Ližnjan which bequeathed us the unharmed mosaic from the early Christian period.
The hidden part of unpolluted sea and indented coastline with its rocks and gravel reveals the beauty of 28 km long unsettled coast. A picturesque little port tells us that we are in a place that has always lived upon the benefits of the sea. Taste some of the sea-food dishes and have a sip of Istrian wines Malvazija and Teran - and you will experience a tiny part of the local life.
The significant feature of local fauna is a bird called bee-eater (Merops apiaster) which belongs to an endemic and protected sort of birds that in summertime dwell in Marlera peacefully and undisturbed in its natural environment.
Horse centres offers various services relating to horse-riding activities including horse-riding courses and for those who have passion for hunting there is a large hunting ground with hares, partridges, pheasants, does and wild boars lurking among dense oak wood.
If you prefer diving through the sea depths, the underwater coast along Marlera and partially along the Kuja bay reveals one of the last meadows of flowering Voga.
There are many private apartments for hire and rural tourism is also quite common here. Try and find some of the cottages and you will be soon convinced that life in the south Istria is beautiful.