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Sporty Summer Playbook — Premier Kids Camps at Charming Istrian Locations

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Welcome to this year’s unique summer adventure nestled in the heart of Croatia's breathtaking Istrian peninsula, where the azure Adriatic Sea kisses miles of verdant coastline.

This summer let Valamar accommodation be the backdrop to a family vacation that combines relaxation and sports, in the most enchanting corners of Croatia. We’re introducing a series of exclusive kids sports camps in the picturesque Poreč, Novigrad, and Rabac – keep reading to find out more!

Istria and its enduring attraction

Istria, a peninsula famed for its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, is a wonderful showcase of Croatia's diverse beauty. With its hilltop towns, lush vineyards, and crystal-clear waters, Istria is a place where Mediterranean charm meets Slavic hospitality — creating a holiday experience that captivates every traveler.

A gem on the Istrian coast, Poreč bewitches visitors with its ancient Roman streets, stunning Basilica of Euphrasius, and lively waterfront. It's a city where history dances around every corner, inviting families to step back in time while enjoying modern comforts and sports facilities.

The quaint coastal town of Novigrad charms with its historical walls, quiet beaches, and gourmet experiences. Known for its wine and olive oil, Novigrad offers a taste of Istria's rich culinary heritage, making it a perfect spot for families looking to combine leisure and sports with gastronomic adventures.

Renowned for its pebble beaches and crystal-clear sea, Rabac is a haven for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts alike. Its tranquil beauty makes it an ideal location for diving camps, where the Adriatic's underwater wonders await discovery.

The sports camps for your young ones

Now, imagine a holiday in Istria, but one where your children hone their skills in various sports under the watchful eyes and expert guidance of renowned clubs and athletes — while parents can relish the serene beauty of Istria! A long shot? Not anymore!

Juventus Football Academy Camp

The Juventus Football Academy Camp is a meticulously crafted five-day program designed to ignite a lifelong passion for football in young players. Hosted in Poreč, Croatia, the camp operates under the inspiring motto "Growing People Before Players," emphasizing personal growth along with athletic prowess.

Using football as its medium, the camp teaches valuable life skills — such as a growth mindset and the importance of positive values. The Juventus Academy ensures personalized, high-quality instruction delivered by experienced coaches. This holistic approach nurtures campers into well-rounded individuals, both on and off the pitch.

Handball Camp by Luka Cindrić

Luka Cindrić, celebrated as one of handball's finest, introduces an immersive camp experience aimed at nurturing young talent. Situated in Poreč, the camp employs a highly personalized approach to training, focusing on individual skills in the mornings and teamwork during afternoon sessions.

Under Luka's guidance, participants will learn the intricacies of handball playmaking and the essence of team cooperation. The camp blends rigorous training with leisure, offering downtime activities like swimming and aquapark visits, making it a perfect amalgamation of a family vacation and a sports training camp.

Basketball Adventure 2024

Basketball Adventure 2024 is spearheaded by NBA Scout Danko Cvjetićanin and the Basketball Club Novigrad. The two week-long sessions in June and July, held in Novigrad's Sports Hall, promise intensive training and educational workshops covering nutrition, physical conditioning, and mental preparation.

Andrej Tesla, known for mentoring stars like Dario Šarić and Mario Hezonja, leads the training, ensuring participants receive top-tier coaching. Beyond basketball, the camp includes excursions and engaging activities, all while staying at the scenic Lanterna tourist resort — a comprehensive package that combines sports, education, and fun.

Kids Diving Holiday by Scuba Center Sv. Marina

The Kids Diving Holiday Camp, set along the stunning coast from Labin to Cape sv. Marina, invites teenagers to explore the underwater world. Over a five-day course, the campers will dive into (pun intended) beginner lessons amidst Kvarner Bay's enchanting attractions beneath the sea.

The camp emphasizes safety, skill development, and the joys of underwater exploration, aiming to instill a lasting appreciation for marine beauty. The intimate and enriching diving experience is an ideal choice for young adventurers keen on unlocking the mysteries of the deep.

Hannes Zischka Tennis Camp

The Hannes Zischka Tennis Camp is perfect for young tennis enthusiasts seeking to refine their skills and elevate their game. Renowned for its high standards and comprehensive programs, the camp caters to children and teenagers across various skill levels.

With sessions for both beginners and intermediate players, the camp focuses on technical enhancement, tactical understanding, and competitive spirit. Coached by elite professionals, and set in a supportive and dynamic environment, the Hannes Zischka Tennis Camp offers a transformative journey for aspiring tennis stars.

Valamar as your Istrian base

Valamar's presence in Poreč is distinguished by a variety of accommodation options, each with the promise of an unforgettable vacation experience. The city is home to the Isabella Valamar Collection Island Resort, an idyllic retreat located on a lush island just a short boat ride from the historic heart of Poreč.

The Valamar Parentino Hotel, known for its proximity to pristine beaches and Poreč's ancient Roman streets, provides families with a picturesque base from which to explore the region's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Rabac and Labin, set along the eastern coast of Istria, offer a serene escape into nature's lap, with Valamar enriching the visitor experience. The Girandella Valamar Collection Resort in Rabac, with its range of accommodations catering to families and luxury seekers, is enveloped by a fragrant pine forest and overlooks stunning pebble beaches, offering a premium holiday experience.

The takeaway

Istrian charm, Valamar's comfort, and kids sports camps that mix fun with learning — it's a combo that promises an unforgettable summer for your family. With historic towns, beachside bliss, and a chance for the kids to play and learn from the best in sports, you’re all set to make amazing family memories!

Ready for a vacation that ticks all the boxes? Dive into Istria and let the fun begin. Time to book your stay with Valamar and see what the buzz is all about!