Motovun is located in central Istria and it is one of Istria’s most beautiful settlements. Motovun is a best-preserved medieval village, surrounded by truffle-rich forest, which provides the key ingredient for top local restaurants here. Motovun delicacy is a truffle. Where you can taste it and what you can visit in Motovun read below.


About truffles and muzzles

Truffles are neither an animal species nor a mineral, as it was believed in the past. Truffles are a variety of edible fungi growing underground, mostly besides roots of trees.  Hidden underground just like a real treasure, they usually grow from the size of a cherry up to the size of an apple. The valuable nuggets in the past allegedly used to reach Gods and witches, while today anyone can enjoy it. 

Truffles are picked solely after they are ripe. The search by a professional truffle hunter, while the truffles are found by trained dogs with a subtle sense of smell. After the dog indicates the truffle position by digging with his paws, the truffle hunter carefully digs out the fungi taking care not to damage it. The most famous finding site in Croatia is the valley of the river Mirna in Istria where is Motovun.

Exotic taste

Truffles can also be described as gourmet fungi because their fragrance is tart, intensive, earthy securing a unique flavor. It is not easy to do describe the truffles aroma, but they can make with pate, meat and even chocolate. The gourmands agree that truffle is the pinnacle of gastronomy, but have not yet agreed whether it is a food or a spice. 

Motovun city with soul and city of taste

Taste the treasure of Motovun

  • Truffle hunt before you eat it – you can join an experienced guide from Motovun-based firm Miro Tartufi, plus dogs Bela and Nera, and find these precious fungi while exploring unspoiled greenery. 
  • Enjoy an intimate meal at Pod Voltom – is the most prominent restaurant in town but also the most romantic. The menu is, of course, Istria-focused, truffles with many dishes, maneštra soup, fuži pasta, game, and asparagus, while the wines come courtesy of Arman, Kozlović, and Matošević.
  • Restaurant Zigante – Restaurant Zigante was opened to present guests the possibilities of using truffles in culinary art and it is the first Croatian restaurant specialized for dishes with truffles.
  • Feel the ancient time – The Mondo Tavern is located on a slope outside a large gate in the beautiful medieval town of Motovun. The ambiance exudes romance and is reminiscent of ancient times, and you will be greeted by a rich menu. In addition to truffles, you can taste other Istrian delicacies.
  • Traditional dishes from the area in restaurant Pod Napun –  A great choice on the approach to the outer gate, this intimate and friendly restaurant has a terrace with sweeping valley views.
  • Konoba Dorjana – the Konoba Dorjana is all about pairing what’s in season – wild mushrooms, asparagus, snails, truffles – with a suitable staple, polenta, pasta, and so on. Everything there is like you are home, no fuss, no formality. 

After tasting truffles, you can take a walk and visit the natural beauty of Motovun

Motovun Vantage Points
  • Motovun has many vantage points from which you can see the highest mountain in Istria, Učka, as well as the sea near the town of Novigrad.
  • Lovely hidden gardensTown Walls takes only 10 minutes but visiting the walls does give you the chance to peek into some lovely hidden gardens, as well as access to an exhibition of local landscape photographs housed in the tower above the outer gate. 
  • Just outside Motovun, “Motovunska šuma” is a small area of forest protected by Natura Histrica, the same body responsible for Brijuni National Park and Učka nature reserve. Feel the peace and breathe. 
  • Vespa tour Ista – Soak up the nature and historic sites of the unique Istrian hilltop towns. Make a lovely photo and enjoy the wind in the hair. 
  • Bring your memories home – Motovun has many little boutiques and galleries where you can buy souvenir or truffle products. 

If you go to Motovun in summer you can enjoy in Motovun film festival. It is primarily dedicated to the films from small cinematographies and independent productions. Motovun wants to be a small festival – in everything except in its ambitions and quality. Motovun film festival is a festival with a soul. 

Feel Motovun because there is so much to show. Try Motovun and enjoy Motovun.

This city gets quite popular in summer when the streets are full of tourists and the restaurants are filled with people enjoying the famous Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood from the Adriatic Sea. There are not too many places that will charm you in such a way.

Discover the picturesque city of Rovinj

Situated on the western part of the Istrian coast from Lim Fjord on the north to the town of Bale to the south. It has a very rugged archipelago consisting of 14 islands and 6 cliffs. Rovinj began to develop at the time of the Roman Empire and during the past century has experienced a series of intense times. As evidence, you can see the numerous forts, walls and towers and a large number of monuments from the period of Venetian rule.

Today Rovinj is the city that has the most tourist nights, which should not be surprising because here are some of the best hotels on the Adriatic coast. Its gastronomical and wellness offer, as well as various events for all ages, are increasing every year.

Visit Church of St. Euphemia

Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj

Church of St Euphemia was built in 1736. The church preserved its stone-white color through the years with beautiful park and walkway. It is dominated by Baroque style, and its extravagant interior is full of interesting sculptures and frescoes. The church is located at the highest point in the Old Town so it requires some uphill walking.

If you go to church while it is still open don’t miss to go up to the bell tower. From the tower, you get a 360 view of the area which is breathtaking and idyllic, with the sounds of church bells and the dark-blue sea view this place leaves you definitely mesmerized.

Legend says that when Euphemia was 15 years old, she was arrested by Diocletian’s soldiers, and when she refused to give up Christianity, she was tortured with cruelty. But she still remained loyal to Christ and was thrown to the lions who eventually killed her. People say that a sarcophagus came floating in the sea to the coast of Rovinj after a big storm. It is said that many people of Rovinj tried to haul the sarcophagus but no one succeeded. Finally, answering to St. Euphemia’s call, a small boy with two cows managed to haul the sarcophagus up the hill.

The people of Rovinj considered it a miracle, and they proclaimed St. Euphemia the patron-saint of the town. St. Euphemia’s Day is celebrated on September 16.

Explore the Old Town

The Old Town of Rovinj is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. The Old Town stands out with many sights and narrow streets in which artists exhibit their works.

The Balbi Arch was built in the 16th century and it represents the grand entrance in the Old Town. It was named after Daniel Balbi who was the mayor at the time. A few hundred years ago, the Old Town sat on an island separate from the mainland and the area where the main square currently sits was a canal, while a bridge connected the high street to the arch. When the canal was filled in, the arch came under the ownership of Balbi house. It is decorated with winged lion of Venice which reminds us that this coast used to be part of Venetian empire.

The Town Clock was built in the 12th century and it marks the center of the winding marble covered streets of the Old town in front of the drinking fountain. The clock stands out on the Main Square because of its color which is a vivid terracotta.

Things to do and see in Rovinj

There are so many fantastic and exciting things you can do or the wonderful things you can see in Rovinj. Let’s go!

Monkodonja Hill Fort

Monkodonja Hill Fort is well-preserved Bronze-Age hill fort. It is located about 5 km south-east of Rovinj. Monkodonja was inhabited in the period between 2000 and 1200 BC and it underwent numerous restoration phases. The settlement is circled by large drywall and as most others, Istrian hillfort settlements are placed on a flattened peak of the hilltop. Hill sights are a combination of the stunning sea view and the Brijuni islands and the land view of the lush Istrian countryside. It is definitely something worth seeing.

Discover beaches in Rovinj

Discover local beaches as Punta Corrente also known as Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape) which is the beautiful beach with a forest, crystal clear sea, pebbles, and rocks. Everybody can find a perfect little spot to enjoy staying at the beach. This is the largest and most popular beach in Rovinj.

Valdaliso beach is surrounded with pines, with an enchanting view of the Old Town of Rovinj. Access to the Valdaliso beach is possible either from the seaside or through the reception of the camp and hotel resort. Its southern part is mostly covered with pebbles, so it is suitable for families with children.
Monte (Baluota) is an attractive stone beach is located in the very center of Rovinj, right next to the church of Saint Euphemia. This unique spot is excellent for sunbathing and it is situated only a few minutes from the main square. The beach is not the best solution for amateur swimmers because of the rocky shore.

Visit Lim Fjord

Lim Fjord is also known as the Lim Bay is located on the western coast of Istria. It is located near Rovinj and Vrsar. The fjord is massively vegetated with pine trees and deciduous trees. The rich lush green makes a stark contrast with the blue water and the grey limestone – a truly beautiful natural phenomenon. The water here contains a large number of planktons, and because of that, the area is a natural hatching site for many fish species. The best way to visit Lim Fjord is by boat, and there are plenty of organized daily excursions on the coast of Rovinj.

Don’t miss these festivals in Rovinj

If you are a jazz lover, there’s Rovinj Spring Jazz Festival. If you like the Latin dance, there’s Sensual Days festival. We are sure everyone can find something for himself in Rovinj. Feel the energy of a festival which makes the whole town dance salsa on the Rovinj Summer Salsa Festival.

On the Grisia Art Fair galleries located on the Grisia Street open their doors and the street becomes an open-air art show with drawings, paintings, and sculptures enhancing the walls and doorways.

Go to the Brijuni Islands

The Brijuni Islands are a group of fourteen small islands. Visit the Nation Park with an unspoiled nature – crystal clear water, small ZOO and Tito’s museum. It is an oasis of the magnificent harmony between humans, animals, and plants. There is plenty of beaches where you can find yourself on your own with no others around. Visit the museum celebrating Tito’s life (former dictator of Yugoslavia) on the island and get to know a little bit of his exceptional life. The Mediterranean garden is also worth a visit with its beautiful lavender hedge and a calm and harmonious atmosphere. Hire a bike or golf car and explore the island on your own.

Go on a boat trip to St. Katarina Island

Take a boat trip to the St. Katarina island near Rovinj. It is romantic, peaceful, stunning – beautiful scenery with all the small bays. The whole St. Katarina Island is covered with pines. It offers a choice of peaceful and beautiful beaches. If you want to relax during your stay jump on the boat and put a relaxation mood on.

Poreč is a perfect place for a holiday. Outstanding nature, rich culture, numerous attractions… don’t wait too long for your dream holiday.

Charming little gem of Istria

Poreč is the enchanting coastal city in Croatia situated on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Its climate is extremely mild and free of oppressive summer heat. You can pay a visit in Poreč City every time in the year. Its location is awesome so you can easily reach Opatija, Rijeka or the island of Krk.

Explore lovely Poreč city

Poreč architecture

The Old Town preserved the street layout of the ancient Roman castrum. The main streets Dekumanus and Cardo Maximus still preserved its original ancient form. You really need to see the Church of Our Lady of the Angels. It is located in the Old Town and built between 1747 and 1770. The church is small and quiet, it has an impressive wall and ceiling art.

In the Decumanus Street, you can also find the Roman Ruins. You can enter freely, and it is very easy to find and access. Simple to see, but extraordinary when you think about these stones being here for 2000 years. This precious place is placed on the cape near a beautiful villa with a wonderful sea view.

At the end of Decumanus Street, you will stumble on the lovely little Marafor Square. Great place to sit and watch the people and the world go by. With a few restaurants and bars, this is the beating heart of the Old Town of Poreč.

Near Marafor Square by the Decumanus Street, there is the Romanesque House. The 13th-century residential house, beautifully preserved with a wooden balcony and mullioned windows. It represents one of the most rear preserved architecture of the Romanesque periods.

You really can’t go to Poreč and not visit the Euphrasius Basilica. Basilica has well-preserved ancient mosaics and architectural details. It shows us how this church that dates back to the fifth century evolved with time. From the bell tower, there is a magnificent view worth climbing because you can see whole charming little Poreč city.

Relaxing and recharging

Poreč is a perfect place for a rest. Pebbly beaches, crystal clear sea, great weather, peace, and quiet will give you a pleasure of a holiday in this small town.

The Beach Brulo is settled in a beautiful cove, and it’s surrounded by pine trees which make a needed shade in the summer. Crystal clear sea, rich facilities for all ages make this beach a perfect choice for a recess.

On the northern side of Poreč lies the beach Borik from which you can have a beautiful view of the Old Town core. The beach has plenty stuff for kids fun and relaxation. You can rent a deck chair and lie under a sunshade, listen to the sound of the sea while you are cooled by a gentle breeze. While kids play the tennis, ping-pong, beach volleyball or mini golf.

Leisure and fun in Poreč

Do not miss Jazz in Lap; it is the Jazz & Blues Festival placed in the Poreč Heritage Museum. Every Wednesday you can hear refreshing jazz and Blue notes; it is a perfect recipe for a delightful summer night. Giostra is the Poreč historical festival that gathers more than 250 participants in costumes; who evoke for the life in the Baroque period. The festival lasts for three days, and its main event is a knight tournament Giostra, reconstructed from the rules of a tournament held in Poreč in the year 1745. July and August in Poreč are booked for concerts season at Euphrasius Basilica. The Euphrasian Basilica because of her integrity appears to be the perfect place for top performances of the greatest works of classical music in history.

Things to do in Poreč

  • Go on an extraordinary adventure in a kayak along the marvelous area of Lim Bay. Lim is a partially submerged river valley, which makes it an excellent place for kayaking. Don’t forget to bring your towel, sun lotion, camera, cap, and a beverage.
  • We recommend that you see the astonishing Baredine Cave. Its total depth is 132 m and temperatures in the cave vary between 7° C and 14° C. The guided Tour lasts about 45 minutes and at the end, you can see a rare animal, a human fish – Proteus anguinus.
  • Visit the Aquarium and explore his rich sea world. This lovely little aquarium is awesome. It has colorful fishes, lizards, snakes and much more. It is clean, and a fee doesn’t cost much.
  • If you like water slides then, the water park Aquacolors will be a perfect place for spending your day on vacation. Colorful and awesome water slides will make you laugh and put a smile on your face. Its great place for kids and the big ones too. You should definitely put it on the itinerary.
  • Visit magnificent Medulin – once a fishing village, today a modern tourist resort. Its unique sandy kilometer long beach Bijeca especially attracts families with children. Nearby is the fishing village of Premantura and the protected area of Cape Kamenjak, the southernmost point of Istria, a place where you become part of nature.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Rabac, the magnificent coastal city in Istria. It is an excellent choice for a family vacation and a retiree.

The gem of the southeast coast of Istria

Rabac is a coastal resort city on the southeast coast of Istria, placed in an impressive bay near Labin city. Today it is a vacation retreat with countless villas and apartment buildings, but in the middle of 19th century, Rabac was a little fishing port with barely ten houses.

Magnificent surrounding, delightful pebbly beaches, mild climate and a splendid view of Kvarner Bay. Sounds like an ideal location for an enchanting vacation, doesn’t it? Sandy beaches as Maslenica, St. Andrea Lanterna and Girandella have proudly received a “Blue Flag.” The blue flag signifies the purity of the sea along with the protected and well-organized environment. We can’t decide which one is a more attractive beach.

Along the sea is a beautiful promenade excellent for cycling, jogging while the restaurants offer exquisite local delicacies. Various sports amenities on the beaches make Rabac a winning seaside refuge on this side of the Istrian coast.

Why you should visit Rabac

Rabac is an awesome place for families and retiree, because of its accessible beaches. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented directly on the beach, so you can comfortably enjoy in the sun.

Sports and recreation enthusiasts can enjoy in many activities as hiking, mountain bike, fishing, mini golf, scuba diving, volleyball, paintball, horse riding, aqua park, kayaking to water-skiing and many other facilities that provide entertainment for children, adults, athletes.

One of the great things about Rabac is the vicinity of Labin, a city famous for its mining history as well as the arts and culture. During the Labin Art Republic Festival the whole city is buzzing with live and energetic performances, concerts, exhibitions, and street art events.

Taste the local delicacies

The crown of good rest is a good meal and a drink. Restaurants have brilliant trained chefs, which tasty meals are based on this region’s food. Palatable fish, lobster, shrimp, shellfish and other seafood are typical of this region, as well as delicious country-style meals.

The unavoidable dish – maneštra include ingredients like beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes is a mandatory meal in the taverns. Food lovers can enjoy in the Istrian cuisine and local specialties in the restaurants: “Stari Hrast,” “La Terrazza,” “Galeb” and “Villa Anette.”

Things to do and see in Rabac

  • Experience the Rabac Open Air Festival in the period from 16 June to 30 August. Enjoy the outstanding music and street performances, watch movies and shows in the open air. The program offers something for all age groups and interest, and the best part – it is entirely free for all visitors.
  • Enjoy activities on the Girandella Beach; try out water skiing or get a ride on the jet-ski. Near beach, you can have a snack, grab a cup of coffee or try out tasty and delicious meals in nearby restaurants.
  • On the promenade of Rabac, you will find the magnificent Church of St. Andrew. It was built in the 15th century and restored in the late 19th century. Inside the church, there is a precious inventory. The most value is an altar with statues of St. George, St. Michael and St. Peter and Paul.
  • Visit one of the most beautiful Croatian sculpture parks in Dubrova. The park stretches over – 40 hectares, slightly fenced with a drywall, with natural valleys and elevations and unspoiled flora. The park is open all year long, there is no working time and the entrance is free.
  • If you love hiking, Rabac is the perfect place for you. It has plenty of hiking trails for you to enjoy, the most astonishing hike is from Rabac to Labin. The hike is long 5 km through pine woods, and it extends up to a hill of 234 m.
  • Don’t miss the chance to visit Labin, the charming town perched on a hilltop above Rabac. It is the ideal destination for visitors who are interested in cultural tourism and those who enjoy

Visit historical sites of Pula and feel the vibes of summer by the sea. Spend your vacation far away from the concrete jungle – spend your vacation in Pula!

Ancient Pula just for you

Pula is the largest town of Istria that is located at the southern point of the Istrian peninsula. Pula is abundant with historical sites and examples of Roman architecture, so it is a great place for the modern tourist. It is an important shipbuilding center and administrative center of Istria County.

Time to relax and feel the Pula spirit

If you want to relax you should surely find yourself one of the Pula’s best pebbly beaches, read a book and soak up the sun. For the ones who seek shades and crystal clear sea, Pula’s beaches are definitely a place to be. Beach Ambrela, Valsaline or Havajsko beach – the choice is yours.

Istria has an eventful past that left a significant trace on its cuisine – from Italian, Central European and Austrian-Hungarian to Slav influence. So, if you’re tempted for a taste of Mediterranean then you should try fish, crabs and shellfish cooked in a hundred different ways; and if you’re longing for continental food you should eat boar goulash, pasta with truffles or sauce of game. For desert we recommend you to try the kroštule and fritule.

Pula Arena amphitheater: The most important monument in Pula

Pula amphitheater

First thing that we recommend you to visit is Pula Arena. It’s not the biggest, but it is the quite impressive 6th largest Roman Coliseum in the World. The Arena was built in the 1st century AD and was used until 5th century for gladiators fights. Below ground you should walk around a series of tunnels and rooms where the animals and gladiators waited for their fight. Today, arena is used for various host events and performances such as Opening Concerts of Outlook Festival and Dimensions Festival, or program of Pula Film Festival. The Triumphal Arch of Sergius is a monument from 1st century that is erected to honor the members of the Sergii family who fought and died in a battle between Octavian’s Roman army and Mark Anthony’s Egyptian-Roman army. Peek into the Temple of Augustus that was built in the 2nd century BC and was dedicated to emperor Augusts and the goddess Roma. It was used for many purposes throughout its history and even was hit by a bomb in WWII that almost destroyed it. Not far from the Arena you will find the Twin Gate – the old city gates from 2nd century AD. There is a rumor that the double gates were necessary to allow more townspeople into the city during the gladiators fights and other major town events. Another thing that will definitely leave you breathless is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin that is not like other intricate catholic churches because it was built by the Christians during their persecution and it’s quite minimalist in design but with impressive architecture. In the night time you should visit the Lighting Giants, a relatively new entertainment “monument” in Pula. The giants are precisely industrial cranes along the waterfront in Pula that are decorated with lights display that displays every hour and lasts for about 15 minutes.

Festivals for a fun vacation in Pula

Top 10 Croatia - Pula

We mentioned already festivals as Outlook and Dimensions that are held inside the Pula Arena, but their event programs is also inside the Fort Punta Christo, near Štinjan, that is an old fortress that includes over ten thousand square meters separated by deep trench over which three bridges lead to their different entrances. All in all, the best time to visit Pula as you can see is definitely in spring and summer when the town is full of performances, festivals, concert’s and movie festival.

We guarantee you that you’ll fall in love with ancient Pula but you’ll adore its modernity. every step you take will be a step to remember. So, visit Pula and remember forever!

Old building in Pula

Things to do in Pula

  • After you raise your glass to James Joyce, visit amphitheater, go on a wild night out at Outlook festival, we recommend you to go for a few days trips outside Pula – Premantura (10km-away) and its near-by cape Kamenjak, see the mummified bodies of saints in the small town of Vodnjan, or visit the Roman Empire remains in Galižana
  • Visit the underground system of tunnels also known as the Zerostrasse that was built before and during the WWI to shelter the city’s population
  • For an arty experience definitely visit the Rojc, a converted army barracks which are used as a place for the multimedia art center and studios with occasional concerts and similar events
  • Visit Vodnjanka, a local, cheap, casual restaurant with simple Istrian dishes
  • At Pietas Julia bar sip your cocktail on a Saturday night and feel the Istrian disco fever
  • Drink coffee in art-filled café called Cvajner, located on Forum, and check out the exhibits of an up-and-coming local artist in the modern, funky interior
  • Stop at the Wine station Trapan and taste splendid wines from their wine offer
  • Check out the Roman floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce which is only a couple of minutes away from the Temple of Augustus, and a great part of this path is located inside a dress shop
  • Visit the waterfalls of Kotli, which are a few minutes drive outside Pula

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From Učka to Pazin and Labin, from Pula to Poreč and Hum – on every corner, Istria will prove you its status of the most developed region in Croatia!

Spirit of Istria

There is no single word to describe how special Istria is because it has a spirit that is so much more than the sum of any words that you can think of. But, if we must choose, definitely some kind of answer about Istria lies in the combination of the sun and crystal clear blue sea on the coast, green fields in the inland, delicious food and wonderful people. Also known as the “New Tuscany” and the most developed region in Croatia, Istria is a perfect place to start your Mediterranean tour.

Discover the fruits of the noble hardworking people

People of Istra know exactly what it means to live Istrian way and to be a part of the Istrian land, commonly called as crvenica. Hard work and many years of efforts on this westernmost unspoilt ground in Croatia resulted in extra-virgin olive oils of the highest quality, red and white wines, delicious apricots, strawberries, plums, honey, truffles, cherries, pears, lavender, laurel, basil, rosemary, watermelons… Every delicacy you can imagine in one place – your plate. Feel the atmosphere of the authentic Istrian houses, visit homes of your hosts, taste their homemade food and homemade wines. The scent and taste of Croatian delicacies will take you to an incredible journey.

Learn history on every corner

When talking about journeys at the seaside, everywhere you look you can see the azure sea and the bluest sky you’ve ever seen, among which seagulls are joyfully rejoicing and calling you to join them. Experience magnificent landscapes of the so-called Blue Istria, where you lose track of time while diving, sailing, swimming and sunbathing. Explore Green Istria, find your own paths and take a walk through breathtaking green hills, villages, streams and forests. Live Istria, breath Istria! There is a history lesson on every corner, so take a bite and learn everything that Istria ever was and ever will be!

Towns, villages, fortified ports and many more

Peek into the small churches, walled towns and hilltop villages, forgotten old citadels, fortified ports that stand as a reminder of some other times, times of Roman presence and Venetian architecture. Pula stands proudly for more than 3000 years with its Amphitheater, as the world’s best-preserved monument. Hum, as the smallest city in the world, Poreč with its Euphrasian Basilica as a part of world’s cultural heritage, Pazin and the famous castle featured in Jules Verne’s novel, beautiful Brijuni archipelago and all the small villages where you’ll feel like you’ve always belonged there.

Come to stay and fall in love with Istria

As you can see, sometimes it’s hard to explain or demonstrate what exactly makes people fall in love with Istria. Dear heaven knows how hard we tried to explain what Istria means and represents. It is unexplainable, rather impossible to sum it all up in a few words. It’s up to you to figure it all out – to write it down by yourself, as some kind of reminder or testimonial, as a lifetime memory. You will find yourself in the tranquility among Istrian nature.

We wish you a warm welcome, just relax and make yourself at home!

Things to do in Istria

  • Show an interest in vampires in today’s Croatia and everybody will tell you that you’re in the wrong country – but once upon a time, more precisely a couple centuries ago, Europe first documented case of vampirism took place in Istrian village called Kringa when the nocturnal adventures of Jure Grando and his vengeful neighbors were recorded
  • Up in the hills search for the artists’ colony of Grožnjan – a town that still wears its medieval look with cobblestone streets, art galleries, art studios, workshops, live music and various kinds of performances
  • No matter if you’re with your family or friends, the Punta Corrente is a place to be. Not overcrowded, many places for walk, sunbathe and take a swim, crystal sea and thick forest are making this place the most fabulous place of Rovinj
  • Visit the attractive Baredine cave where you’ll find some fantastic calcite formations and interesting and rare species of albino salamander
  • For extra summer fun visit the Aquapark Istralandia in Novigrad where you’ll find a lot of slides and pools for children and grownups
  • Visit Bale (Valle d’Istria), a village located few miles away from Rovinj where you’ll find narrow streets, small church, great restaurants with local delicacies and very laid back and relaxed atmosphere
  • Visit the winery – Istria is abundant with them, it is up to you to choose the winery for local wine tasting
  • Watch the most popular professional cycling race Istarsko proljeće (Istrian Spring) that takes place in March or attend the most popular recreational cycling events such as Parenzana Cycling Marathon
  • Visit Limski Kanal (Limski Fjord), one of the most beautiful landscapes of Istria that is located near Rovinj and Vrsar

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Visit Istria and experience a unique adventure among the streets of the smallest town in the world – the beautiful town of Hum!

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