Bale is a typical Istrian town, located 5 km from the sea. This small, peaceful coastal town is built from winding paved alleys, centennial customs and renditions which echo within the walls of the medieval castle. The Bemboz Palace from the 10th century represents the greatest tourist attraction of the town and the centre of its social life. During the summer, the town hosts eminent cultural events, such as the Castrum Vallis and The Nights of Bale (Baljanske noći).
Review by Rene
Tiny, lovely Bale is a few minutes drive away from Rovinj where we stayed, and has a definite artistic feel to it, in addition to its history. Bale is a well-preserved ancient village, with a soothing ambience, and it makes a great stop if you are doing a day trip to busy, bustling Pula to see the Roman ruins. Stop in Bale on your way back to Rovinj, do some olive oil tasting, have a drink in the cafe, and admire the curious beauty of the small twisting streets that circle the church and bell tower. Bale would also make a good biking destination from Rovinj, since you take all back roads to get there.