Croatia is a small Mediterranean country that's widely acclaimed for its dramatic and storied coastlines. Some places like Dubrovnik were even used in filming Game of Thrones (there is Game of Thrones tours there too). A whole different way to experience the Croatian coast is by staying in a lighthouse on an islet. Imagine having a whole lighthouse island as one's accommodation naturally; the island is only reachable by boat.
The Porer Lighthouse is open for booking and is a great way for people to enjoy a whole different Croatian experience. Croatia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and is famous for its spectacular coastlines. These coastlines are just full of things and places to see. Sometimes visitors have trouble deciding between stunning locations like Split and Dubrovnik along the coastline.
The Porer Lighthouse - The Most Unique Croatian Accommodation
The Porer Lighthouse is available for rent and is set on a tiny island of the same name. The Porer island and its Porer Lighthouse are located 2.5 km or 1.5 miles off the coast of the southern cape of Istria and near the village of Premantura. The Porer Lighthouse was first built in 1833 and had room to accommodate four people in each of its two apartments.
- Height: 35 Meters
- Built 1833
The lighthouse is reached from the small village of Premantura. Premantura is a small village on the southernmost tip of the Istrian Peninsula. The closest city is Pula to the north. The area is full of coves and beaches, and the area is full of ancient history.
- Access: By Boat From The Village Of Premantura
- Dinosaur Footprints: A Local Attraction In Premantura Kemejak
Besides the many years of ancient empires and kingdoms that have ruled the Croatian coast, there are also some 146 dinosaur footprints in Premantura Kamejak. These footprints are believed to be over 90 million years old.
Facilities Of The Porer Lighthouse
The lighthouse has two apartments, and each is able to accommodate up to four persons. Each of the apartments has two bedrooms (both come with large double beds and bunks). Other rooms in the apartments include a kitchen (equipped with an oven, fridge, stovetop, kitchen utilities, and other basics) and a bathroom.
- Size: 45m2
- Rooms: 19m2 and 7m2
- Bedrooms: One Double Room & One Room With Bunk Bed
- Size: 42m2
- Rooms: 10m2 and 14m2
- Bedrooms: Two Double Rooms
Staying at the lighthouse is a retreat from the rest of the world; there is no Wifi access, and it is only accessible by boat. One will need to bring all the needed provisions to the island.
Planning One's Visit To The Porer Lighthouse
To get to the island, one will need to get a boat transfer from the coastal village of Premantura. The return transfer costs 100 euros per apartment. The boat transfers take place in the morning, although the exact duration of the crossing depends on the weather. Generally, the crossing lasts between 25 and 35 minutes.
- Transfer Duration: Between 25 and 35 Minutes
- Cost: 100 Euros Per Apartment - Return Transfer
One should plan ahead as there is nothing (no shops, convenience stores, etc.) on the island, so guests will need to take all the necessities with them. Groceries can be purchased in Pula or Premantura before taking the boat transfer to the island.
There is a minimum stay on the island of 3 nights. The check-in is after 9.00 am, and the checkout is before 9 am. Prices may vary depending on the listing; one can see their listing on Airbnb. On Lighthouse Croatia, the pricing for the 2022 season is:
- Off Season: €72 ($74)
- Low Season: €103 ($108)
- High Season: €134 ($138)
- Off Season: €70 ($72)
- Low Season: €100 ($104)
- High Season: €130 ($134)
- High Season: 1 July to 31 August
- Low Season: 1 June to 30 June; 1 September to 30 September
- Off Season: 1 October to 31 May
Staying at a lighthouse is a novel experience that one should try once. It is a great option for those seeking to disconnect - but be aware that once one is on the island, one is very disconnected. It will be very difficult to just run into town for something.