"Bale/Vale" Bale by JLBG

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Bale in Croatian, Vale in Istrian dialect and in Italian, is a city with a little more than 1,000 inhabitants, built on a small hill. It is at the crossing of the roads Pula-Bale-Piran and Bale-Rovinj. A Roman castel was built at the same the place than prehistoric dwellings. In the middle ages, the village was part of the patriarch of Aquilea andafter 1332 under the control of Venice.

The city has kept the same figure than in the Middle ages with remains of the defence system (city wall, towers and gates). A narrow street surrounds the castle, lined by olds stone houses, some in good condition, other needing masonery work.

The old core of the city is pedestrian only. The streets are so narrow that anyway it would be impossible for a car. As it is not touristy, there is no problem for parking on the outskirts of the old city.

  • Last visit to Bale: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Oct 22, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Love the look of this town with all those narrow alleys and flower boxes. The old Church is a cutie, thanks for sharing!

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    All of the fantastic VT pages from this area of Europe are fast fuelling my desire to visit the area as you all have. Thank you Jean-Louis for all your pages in the Balkans.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Talking about Bale only yesterday with folk who were there this summer - nice to be able to put images to it now. MrL is a Julian and loves those tiny old Croatian churches - 2 more reasons to go there! Cheers - leyle

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    Love the narrow, winding, cobblestoned passages. I think I would like visiting this lovely town.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    I always enjoy visiting car-free places, so I am sure I would like this one as well.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 3:50 PM

    Enjoyed the tips and the quality photography that went with them

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2005 at 8:38 AM

    An amazingly picturesque little village!! I love the old stonework used for the houses, walls and streets. The custom of sitting out on chairs in the middle of the narrow streets was also very interesting to me!

  • Maillekeukeul's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 1:00 AM

    Tu crois que ca bellydance a Bale ?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 9:11 AM

    Great page with great and very interesting details! Thanks for sharing.

  • Oct 4, 2004 at 9:32 AM

    Great page about Bale. I loved the details of wells you captured. (And yes - in Istria they are usually collecting water in cistern).


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