Bale is one of the most delightful hilltop villages in Istria and well worth a stop on your tour of Istria. Medieval streets lined with 14th and 15th century houses wind in a circle around the hill, creating an urbanscape of arresting beauty. Most appealing are the occasional galleries, shops and taverns that give the town a relaxed, artsy vibe.
Only 15km southeast of Rovinj and at an altitude of 140m, Bale makes an easy day trip and a refreshing break from the coast. Yet, it's only 8km away from the coast and the Colone Cove beaches.