- 28. 3. 2023.
Spend the day exploring Istria and its towns that will surely remain in your fond memories. Various combinations of cities are possible, of which we describe only a few in brief, and you choose which of them you want to visit.
Visit the hilltop town of Grožnjan, also known as the "city of artists". The remains of the carefully preserved city walls are still visible. Not far away is the small town of Motovun on top of a steep hill, known for the walls that surround it but also for holding a film festival, while in the immediate vicinity is the smallest town in the world with only 17 inhabitants, Hum.
Roč, an Illyrian settlement, grew into a castle surrounded by walls and is the center of Croatian literacy based on the Glagolitic script. In the small town of Beram, according to prehistoric research, it has been shown that there was a settlement here as far back as the Iron Age, and today the small town preserves one of the most valuable works of medieval painting – the Dance of the Dead frescoes. Buzet is a small town inhabited since the time of the Romans, surrounded by walls, and today known for the traditional Subotina event.
In the center of Istria is Pazin and Pazin Castle, the best-preserved and largest medieval fortress. Not far from Pazin is the town of Draguć, a small town on a hill that preserves the Venetian fortification and the rich baroque and classicist houses along the main street, and is also known for the numerous frescoes that adorn its churches. From Draguć, there is a wonderful view of Lake Butoniga. Near Tinjan, there is Kringa, a village where the oldest recorded vampire, Jure Grando, lived, and according to an legend rose from the grave every night for 16 years, walked around Kringa and knocked on doors.
Sveti Lovreč is also known as a museum city, a city that preserves frescoes and fortifications from the Venetian era. St. Lovreč has preserved long ramparts with several towers and city gates, and nearby in the small town of Sv. Ivan of Šterna you can also visit the former castle of the Polesini family.
THE COAST OF ISTRIA
Rovinj is a city built in the period from the 3rd to the 5th century, it is proud of its rich history, especially the church of St. Euphemia. It is a city with a strong Venetian heritage, which can be recognized today in the form of other churches, Renaissance and Baroque houses, city gates and parts of the old ramparts.
The largest Istrian city of Pula, fortified with a rampart with ten gates, 2 of which have been preserved to this day, human remains found in a cave near Pula date back more than a million years before Christ,also with pottery from the Neolithic era. It abounds in monuments, from the Roman amphitheater, which is the most famous monument in the city, to the Temple of Augustus, to Austro-Hungarian forts and villas.
The city of Poreč on the Istrian coast was inhabited since prehistoric times. In the time of the Romans, it got its first walls, the temple of Neptune and Jupiter, and several houses from the Romanesque period have been preserved, as well as several Venetian palaces. The most valuable monument of Poreč is certainly the Euphrasian Basilica, which is under the protection of UNESCO. and as a world heritage monument.
For a complete experience, the best combinations are sightseeing of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and all together surrounded by rich gastronomic delicacies.