Povile

Two kilometres south-east of Novi Vinodolski in the direction of Senj lies the small holiday resort of Povile. Povile is distinguished for its crystal clear sea and a beautiful pine-shaded campsite with the small church of St. Magdalene on its promontory, known locally as Punta Mandalena. The whole area has an enchantingly cheerful atmosphere, typified by the fragrant scent of pine resin mixed with sea spray. This is a true paradise for campers. In the shade of its pine forest right by the sea, away from the city's crowds, it's very easy to feel a bit like Robinson Crusoe here. Wherever you look, the beautiful sight of sea and land merging into one is there to be admired. A long walking trail leads to Muroskva in the direction of Novi Vinodolski, or to the small local harbour in the opposite direction. Just before the harbour there is a pebble beach. The concentric ripples that you might spot on the surface of the sea indicate the existence of numerous freshwater springs finding their way to the surface through the rocks. A swim in this place is always a wonderful experience and nicely refreshing during the heat of summer. From the harbour, there are several small, well-tended beaches. The settlement of Dugno marks the end of Povile to the south, from where you can enjoy a marvellous view of the neighbouring Klenovica. If you'd like to take a walk north of Povile, there are some areas of unspoilt nature waiting to be discovered just above the coast road. There you will find numerous examples of the ancient dry-stone walls that people in the past built to mark the boundaries of their estates, and some courtyards that might remind you of Tuscany in Italy.