Visit Istria and experience a unique adventure among the streets of the smallest town in the world – the beautiful town of Hum!
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Walk along the town built by giants – the smallest town in the world Hum
Hum is located in central Istria, approximately two hours drive from Zagreb and an hour away from Rijeka. It is known as the smallest town in the world that numbers only 30 inhabitants. The legend says that the giants who built Istria had only a few stones left so they used them to build Hum.
Rich history and culture
History of Hum starts in the early medieval age, around 1102, when its residents build up the walls around the village. They called it Cholm which is derived from the Italian name Colmo. The bell and the tower were built in 1552 as a part of the town’s defence along with the town loggia. Stone streets, squares, churches and massive walls witness the rich history of the town. Walk along the Glagolitic Alley – a 3-kilometre-long path that connects Hum and Roč, decorated with massive stone monuments dedicated to the old Croatian Glagolitic script. Actually, it is a series of 11 outdoor sculptures placed along the road that stand as a reminder of the area’s importance as a centre of the Glagolitic alphabet. Thanks to its structure, we can all agree that entire town of Hum is a historical monument that is absolutely a place to see and feel. The surrounding area is appealing to the nature lovers because of its thick forest, meadows and hills that are favourable for long walks.
Take the keys for an ancient adventure
It takes only 30-45 minutes to see the whole town, on a self-guided tour. Every church and monumental building is marked with informative multilingual info board. Visit the old town, the County Perfect table. Peak into the Parish Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary with its classical facade that was built in 1802 by the local master Juraj Gržinić. Check out the frescos of Hum in the Romanic Chapel of St. Jerolim, which colourfully depicts the life of Jesus.
The chapel near the cemetery outside the town gates is locked, so you’ll have to get the keys at the town tavern. We assure you, you won’t regret it! While walking and watching over the stone walls, reconsider if the legend of Hum is true. Explore the nature around Hum and then make a little trip to visit abandoned village of Kotli that is approximately 2 km off the main road between Roč and Hum. This protected rural locality, that is set on the Mirna river, has preserved courtyards, outer staircases, arched passages and picturesque chimneys.
Things to do in Hum
- Stop at the Imela shop, where you’ll find the Biska – the local white mistletoe grappa made according to the ancient recipe – and many local delicacies such as olive oils, truffles, jams, wines, honey and souvenirs
- Do not miss the County Perfect election ceremony if you’re there on the second Sunday in June. It is a well-preserved ritual when all the men from parish gather at the Municipal Loggia to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick
- Grappa (Rakija) Festival at the end of October, when the brandy producers from all over Istria are presenting their brand to the visitors
- Visit Humska Konoba where you’ll find top delicacies such as maneštra s kukuruzom (minestrone with sweet corn), truffle-topped fuži (hand-made rolled pasta) or kroštuli (fried crispy dough covered with sugar)
- Step into the tourist office in Buzet for information about the horseback riding at a nearby equestrian club the Valley of the Horses. You’ll have the opportunity to horse ride along the Glagolitic Avenue, galloping in the Mirna valley or horse riding across Kotli
- Visit the town museum that displays a few Glagolitic writings from the Hum Glagolitic wall writings that are preserved in the church of St. Jerome.
Photos by Mario Fajt / CC BY