Heading from Rovinj to Opatija we stopped in to see this awesome castle on a hill
04.10.2017 - 04.10.2017 17 °C
Today we packed up our pimt-sized car to leave our little apartment for another move. This time we were headed towards Opatija with a planned stop in Motovun along the way. Our move took us back to the autoroute for another tour of the picturesque Croatian countryside. We couldn't believe what a difference only a couple of days made in the colours that we saw. The yellows, reds, and oranges of fall were much more pronounced throughout the forests that we passed. We forgot to mention in the previous entry but this section of highway took us though a five kilometre long tunnel - the Učka tunnel - along the way. 30 kuna was pretty expensive for a toll to take the tunnel when compared to other prices in Croatia but was well worth it.
We saw Motovun well before we arrived there. The town sits 300 meters above the countryside and it's quite a steep incline. Originally Alyssa wanted to park at the bottom and hike up to the town but by some miraculous mistake we took a wrong turn that took us on the road to the upper parking lot that saved us a good portion of the hike.
Once we got to the top we took a quick walk around the old city wall and took in the panoramic views. There wasn't a whole lot to see or do in Motovun but we did learn that the famous race car driver Mario Andretti was born there. As we took our time leaving Alyssa managed to find a shop that gave free truffle tastings and she was hooked, she ended up buying a sampler pack of three little jars each with truffles prepared in different ways to bring home.
After a quick picnic lunch we set our course for the coastal town of Opatija. For our stay in Opatija we opted to stay in a fancier hotel, only able to justify it by reasoning that we only get to honeymoon once. We checked in to our 'junior suite' on the fourth floor of an Austro-Hungarian styled building built in 1905. The high ceilings, over decorated hallways, and marble floors reminded me of a railway style hotel similar to the Fort Garry. For the first time on our trip we had a full mattress and not just two twin beds pushed together.
Being that it was our last night sea-side in Croatia we had thought it would be a good idea to find some fresh seafood for supper. Following the recommendations of the front desk at the hotel we headed out on a walk to check a couple of places out. The first place that we stopped at had been referred to as a 'place for Kings' by the front desk and just at first glance seemed way too fancy and expensive for us. We kept on walking along the waterfront and ended up at a place called Roku. After all that talk about seafood, Alyssa went for a hearty helping of lasagna (still pretty good since northern Croatia is basically Italy) and I got the biggest helping of calimari that either of us had ever seen. With no room for dessert after all of that food we headed back to the hotel to call it a night. Tomorrow we are off to Zagreb to get ready for our cruise!