Rt Kamenjak, Istria, Croatia by Igor Karasi, ShutterstockRt Kamenjak stretches out into the Adriatic © Igor Karasi, Shutterstock

The southern half of Rt Kamenjak is one of the most beautifully unspoilt stretches of coastline anywhere in Croatia.

Rt Kamenjak meanders out into the waters of the Adriatic between Medulin and Banjole – a slender, highly indented peninsula that constitutes the southernmost tip of Istria. The southern half of Rt Kamenjak is one of the most beautifully unspoilt stretches of coastline anywhere in Croatia, and is a nature reserve. Some 530 plant species have been recorded on Kamenjak, including at least 28 species of orchid, many of them classified as rare or endangered and two of them endemic to the southern part of Istria; there are numerous butterfly species; and one of the only sightings of the Critically Endangered Mediterranean monk seal in Croatia in recent decades was in these waters – an animal now reduced to only around 600 individuals. There are also dinosaur footprints on the rocky northwest coast of Kamenjak, with an educational trail and dinosaur models – great fun for kids.

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