The Lanterna Peninsula, a little further inland .... and underground!


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Vabriga, Tar and the Lanterna Peninsula

History has clearly not stood still on Istria, the Lanterna Peninsula and at Tar and Vabriga.


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Archaeological excavations covering over 60 million years of life on Earth, from dinosaur foot prints, mammoth bones and tusks, evidence of pre-historic people through rustic Roman villas, country villas of Patricians and royal families, submerged harbours and piers, to the more recent WW2 and sunken shipwrecks.



Lanterna, olive, olive grove, holiday, family, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, cuisine, ATP tennis, truffles, tartufi.Many Southern European countries have been and still are major producers and exporters of Olive Oil for thousands of years.



Naturally, as would be expected, each region is fiercely loyal to their own area’s produce, and equally so with Istria.


Olive oil from the growers at Larun, near Tar, just inland from Lanterna Peninsula was credited by a noted roman Marcus Valerius Martial 40 to 103 ad. as:

‘UNCTO CORDUBA LAETIOR VENAFRO HISTRA NEC MINUS ABSOLUTE TESTA’

Apparently this translates as: ‘Corduba olives, more fertile than oily Venafra, and as perfect as the oil from Istria’

(Any Latin scholars wishing to add to, or offer corrections to the above are most welcome. Please let me know ).



Lanterna, classical music, holiday, family, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, cuisine, ATP tennis, truffles, tartufi.Moving inland, local churches are of note, 13th century architecture, renaissance art, pillars, sculptures, and during the summer, classical music concerts.






Lanterna, archaelogy, cave, cave system, holiday, family, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, cuisine, ATP tennis, truffles, tartufi.From soaring to the heavens with the saints, try a visit (with return ticket) to the underworld... the recently opened Baradine Cave


A 40 min guided tour takes in the galleries and the well-head of the deep 66m drop to the underground lake.



As with the Postojna and Skocjan caves in Slovenia, the Baredine Cave is a product of running water and the limestone Karst landscape. The intriguing shapes created naturally allow the imagination to wander.


Check the local tourist office for details on the local pot-holing club – they take small groups, instruct on rope techniques, and lead small tours deeper underground.


Pre-historic man as well as other animals have inhabited the cave for thousands of years, and the various finds from the cave are showcased in a small museum. After your return from the underworld, take a detour to the Traktor Story Museum a lovingly restored collection of the mechanisation which eased the farmer's workload.

Lanterna, tractor, museum, holiday, family, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, cuisine, ATP tennis, truffles, tartufi.A tribute to the humble tractors part in all of this, take a moment to savour the collection of the old-timers put together here, some familiar, some not so, but no less a blast from the past!







Lanterna, olive, olive grove, cuisine, holiday, family, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, cuisine, ATP tennis, truffles, tartufi.And when talking of the farmers' workload, and in celebration of his labours in creating all things Mediterranean; bread, olive oil, vino, and not forgetting the truffle, which have been produced in Istria for millennia.








But don't just take our word for it, this is what G Adventures have to say:




Sample the food, taste the sunshine in the oils, drink the wine, live the dream on the Lanterna Peninsula!




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