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Istrawiz has a guest blogger! A mother and blooger Magda tells us a story of apartment rentals in Porec with her young family.

Croatia calling home exchange in Porec.

Having returned this week from our home exchange in Croatia, it feels like it is finally time to relax!

We had the most amazing time in Porec – lots of sun, food and beautiful coastline – but having done a flat swap for our accommodation, it required a lot of preparation in advance.

Not the usual throwing everything in a case and leaving the flat a state. Although I guess having a baby means those days are long gone anyway!

Our home exchange counterparts also had a little boy, which was great because it meant they left us a cot, baby bath, toys, high chair, beach towels and sun hats, all with Rafi in mind.

Travelling Ryanair, we were grateful for any ways we could cut back on luggage – although we did bring our own car seat for the hire car.

Rafi was not a total nightmare on the flight from Stansted to Trieste, although there was a rather prolonged period of screaming, during which I was suitably mortified. The way back was better, but he was generally pretty good, given the amount of car time he had endured.

Porec was definitely a good choice for a trip with a little one though – our apartment was just five minutes walk to Brulo beach, which has tons of play equipment, a seawater pool and even a (human made) sandy beach.

Croatians also have a huge affinity with children, and everywhere we went was a friendly face, making Rafi smile (even when he was grumpy with us!).

All the restaurants welcomed us with a buggy in tow, with the lovely Da Quinto near Vizinada even bringing out a little plate of potatoes especially for Rafi.

The walk along the coastline surrounding Porec is fab for buggies, with plenty of great beach bars and facilities along the way. One day we spent a few hours exploring from our base near Brulo beach to the resort of Plava Laguna and then back into Porec old town.
You can even walk one way then get the little beach train back, for around £2 per person.
The one warning for Porec old town is the cobbles – sometimes tricky with the buggy, but manageable.

Although we flew to Trieste in Italy, it was a simple drive to Croatia (via Slovenia), taking less than two hours, so well worth it for the cheap Ryanair flights!

We will be back…

Our home exchangers had a great time too!

You can read more blogs from Magda here!