Valamar Gourmet Bloggers Tour

To support Valamar Hotels & Resorts and Istria Tourist Board and collaborate with them two Italian travel bloggers with a lot of experience in blog tour organization, coming from Tuscany: Silvia Ceriegi (Trippando founder and community manager) and Alessandro Bertini (Girovagate founder). That’s how it was born Valamar Gourmet Bloggers Tour in Istria.

From Friday 30th May, to Monday 2nd June 2014 eight Italian travel and food bloggers will discover Croatia thanks to Valamar Hotels & Resorts and Istria Tourist Board that were looking for a partnership with Italian travel bloggers. The meeting with two bloggers from Tuscany, Silvia Ceriegi and Alessandro Bertini, has been enlightening and beneficial to organize a blog tour intense and exciting that bears the name of Valamar Gourmet Bloggers Tour.

Bloggers will begin their visit in Porec: the first gourmet stop will be a light lunch at Parentino wine bar, tasting local cheese, prosciutto and Istrian wines. Then they will continue their visit with a sightseeing of the historical part of Porec and a visit to Euphrasian Basilica (UNESCO world heritage site). Finally, a site inspection of Villa Polesini, a Valamar’s exclusive and stylish 19th century seafront venue villa, perfect for elegant weddings. Italian bloggers will be accomodated at Valamar Zagreb Hotel, the newly upgraded and refurbished 4* hotel which is located near the stunning beachfront in quiet surroundings, only a relaxing scenic stroll from the old town of Porec.

Porec manages to balance the authentic charm of a small coastal town filled with magnificent historical sites, with the perks and exciting features modern and active travellers expect. Spread across 37 km of stunning coastline, Porec Riviera offers a vast array of accommodation choices from family resorts, camping sites, apartments to villas and lighthouses, all surrounded by untouched nature and beaches suited to every taste.

Why should people visit Porec? Because it is one of the top tourist destinations in Istria; with its large choice of activities - ranging from diving, sailing, water skiing to hiking biking and walking along many well kept trails across the mainland - it is perfect for active holidays; it is easily reachable from North, Central and South Europe and it is an UNESCO world heritage site. Moreover, it is well-known for its unique Istrian cuisine. Indeed, culinary delights in Porec are as vibrant as its cultural life offering a string of lively cafés, bistros, taverns and restaurants serving a unique blend of authentic recipes and new concepts in the Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you opt for one of fresh seafood dishes succulent scampi, truffles, frittatas or homemade pasta, make sure you air it with great Istrian wines. That’s why bloggers will taste delicious food at the most prestigious restaurants in Porec as Spinnaker- located at the Porec seaside Promenade, within Valamar Riviera Hotel 4*, which is considered as of the most stylish hotels in Croatia and the 2013 winner of the prestigious World Travel Award as Croatia's Leading Boutique Hotel.

Valamar Hotels & Resorts is the leading Croatian hospitality management company, operating 39 properties situated on the Adriatic coast, with major presence in several main tourist regions in Croatia - in Istria, on island of Krk and in Dubrovnik. They operate 22 hotels, 7 apartment villages and 10 campsites with total capacity of 39,000 beds out of which some 16,000 are in hotels and apartments.

The Valamar Bloggers Gourmet Tour will highlight the most significant reality accommodations in Istria with the involvement of the most important holiday cottages, camp sites and restaurants that will open their doors to Italian travel bloggers.

Bloggers, independent and not affiliated with commercial networks, were selected from Ceriegi Silvia and Alessandro Bertini on the basis of their media kit, their hands-on experience with travel & food blog tour, their influence on social networks and their language skills and literary narrative in meaningful and high level experiences as those proposed in the program of the Valamar Gourmet Bloggers Tour.

The experience of the eight Italian bloggers can be followed live on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #ValaTrip and #Valamar.

You can find more information about Valamar here: http://www.valamar.com/en/croatia
You can find more information about Porec here: http://www.valamar.com/it/croazia/porec
You can find more information about Istria here: http://www.istra.hr/it/home


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.