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Published on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

We left Venice in the morning and spent the whole day in transit. It was the only flight that was on time, but we spent an age in the car park getting the rental car. By the time we got to the hotel it was getting late in the afternoon but we still had a quick swim in the ocean before supper. All of the photos are from the following two days.

We stayed at the Mare Pineta Hotel in Santa Margherita which was right on the beach. Then we spent the day at the beaches at Pula and Chia. Could easily have spent a week lying in the warm sun and enjoying the Mediterranean.

This is really what the colour of the water was like! Clear, warm and shallow far away from the shore – so different to the wilder coasts around home.
The beach bar was also a winner. We could sit in the shade and drink ice cold anythings and listen to 80′s music.
We stayed at the fairly ordinary Mare Pineta Hotel which is the sister hotel of the more upmarket Hotel Flamingo.

For what we needed though it was just perfect. Close to the beach, nice pool and a bar that has kahlua. We spent all day out at the beaches anyway so it was just really a place to shower and sleep.

We did land up going there for lunch on our last day. Parma ham and melon – yum!

We spent two nights here before setting off again to Golfo Aranci. Since we didn’t do very much apart from the beach I’ll stop the text here and just put up some more pictures of our stay.

We had such a super stay here, we really should have spent longer and driven to more of the beaches further south. Thankfully we were heading off to more beaches in the north.

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