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Mošćenice – Stone Villa above Kvarner
One of the most beautiful towns in the north-eastern part of Istria is certainly the town of Mošćenice. This medieval fortified town is located on a steep cliff and beneath the Mountain Učka, with its ancient walls and narrow stone streets. The Liburni walked these streets in the town's earliest history, one of the Iliric tribes. With their small and fast ships, the Liburni caused a lot of trouble for the ancient Romans, who, after conquering them, included these ships in their fleet and called them the "liburni".

The town has changed many owners throughout its tumultuous history, but has survived all challenges and has remained preserved until today.  Mošćenice can only be entered through one gate, over which the Habsburg coat of arms is engraved. The houses are so compressed that the town does not have one square. The most dominating monument is the Church of St Andrew the Apostle.

Above Mošćenice is the hill Preun, named after the supreme ancient Slavic god of thunder, while the Mošćenice gardens and meadows outside of the city walls are decorated with the Croatian national flower iris (perunika in Croatian), named after his wife.  The town offers an amazing view over Krk, Cres and the entire Kvarner, and at night the city lights of Rijeka can be seen in the distance.

The town of Mošćenice, as all ancient towns, has its successor twin town on the coast – Mošćenička Draga. They are connected in two ways: by a stream flowing down the Draga canyon all the way to the town beach where it enters the sea and by stairs that connect the two towns.

Mošćenička Draga, just as the nearby Opatija and Lovran, is a tourist destination. It features promenades along the sea and elegant villas. One of the most beautiful is the Villa Zagreb, impressive not on account of its size, but on account of its architecture, luring the gaze of many visitors who cannot help but stop and take a picture. Pebble and shells from the beach are the most favourite decorative items of local homes, which is not surprising seeing as they are literally built on the beach, which used to be the source of the building material here and today is the source of the local population's livelihood. Tourism and hospitality services are the main business activities, and Mošćenička Draga features one of the most beautiful beaches on Kvarner.

Accommodation in Mošenička Draga can be found in the four and three star hotels «Marina» and «Mediteran», a two-star auto-camp and a great number of private suites, rooms and villas. Visitors can also enjoy a scuba diving centre. Water sports offer the possibility of entertainment and an active vacation, while numerous restaurants and traditional taverns offer superior culinary and wine pleasures.  Hotel «Marina» is located almost in the centre of the town, around 50 metres from the sea and pebble beach. It features 178 rooms and is completely air-conditioned. It also offers a wellness centre.

Hotel «Mediteran» is located in the very centre of Mošćenička Draga, right next to the small harbour, offering an amazing view of the beautiful beach and the island of Cres. Of a slightly more intimate atmosphere, this hotel features 69 rooms.  Located beneath the main road to Pula, around 50 metres from the entrance to Mošćenička Draga, the auto-camp «Draga» offers the possibility of accommodation in tents and caravans. It can accommodate up to 400 people and is open between March 15th and October 15th. Slightly detached from the town and its centre, it offers visitors the possibility of enjoyment, tranquillity and relaxation.

Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Tourist Board
www.kvarner.hr

Mošćenička Draga Tourist Board
www.tz-moscenicka.hr
 
 

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