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The town of Pazin in Croatia is the capital of Istria and the name “heart of Istria” is completely deserved due to its position at the very centre of the Istrian peninsula, which makes it easily accessible from the most popular Istrian tourist centres, such as Umag and Rovinj. The town wins over with its rich medieval heritage and it is a good choice for one-day excursions to the Green Istria.

Due to its strategic position, Pazin has always been an important point on the maps of great powers, and the remainders of the turbulent history are now first-rate tourist sites. The famous Castle of Pazin is especially delightful. The interactive show Escape from the Castle provides an interesting insight into the past of this building. The town is surrounded by several Istrian medieval towns, and bicycle paths and climbing locations are available for more active guests. One can also get to know Green Istria by riding on studs. The area of Pazin is popular as a gastronomic destination with a series of original Istrian taverns and wine cellars. Do you want to rest from the tourist hustles and spend a day exploring the natural beauties and offer of the hinterland? The town of Pazin and Green Istria are the perfect choice for you!

What should you see and experience in Pazin?

  • Pazin Castle located above a 130-metre-deep chasm
  • The Pazin Abyss, into which Pazinčica river flows, is the most attractive natural phenomenon of Pazin
  • The arranged foot path of St. Simeon (Sv. Šimun)
  • The interactive show Escape from the Castle on conspirator Mathias Sandorf, based on a novel by Jules Verne
  • Days of Jules Verne to honour one of the greatest authors in history
  • Istrian fantasy festival Istrakon for science fiction and fantasy lovers

How's the weather in Pazin


2 °C

°C - 4°C
  • Thu 22.03.

    -3°C - 6°C

  • Fri 23.03.

    -1°C - 8°C

  • Sat 24.03.

    °C - 9°C

  • Sun 25.03.

    1°C - 10°C

  • Mon 26.03.

    1°C - 12°C

  • Tue 27.03.

    4°C - 13°C

What to do close to Pazin?

Interesting interior of Pazin Abyss


Pazin Chasm

Pazin Chasm is located at the bottom of the abyss below the famous Pazin Castle. Pazinčica River runs though the Chasm, creating some of the most beautiful scenes of karst landscape in Istria.

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    Benvenuti wines

     The family-run Benvenuti Winery is located near Motovun and offers top quality wines from the fertile Istrian white soil, in the picturesque surrounding of the untouched nature of the Green Istria.

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      Mondo tavern

      One of the best in Istria, Mondo tavern is located in the centre of Motovun. It offers guests a rich selection of dishes from old Istrian cookbooks, and the wine list contains top quality Istrian wines.

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      View of Motovun from the south side


      Visit Motovun

      The distinctive appearance of Motovun, a picturesque medieval town at the top of a hill in Green Istria, is a frequent motif of the Istrian inland on various postcards and brochures.

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      Montona Gallery Pizzeria

      The Montona Gallery cafe bar and pizzeria is located on the main town square in Motovun. With a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape, you can enjoy excellent pizzas, salads and grilled dishes.

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      Cycling trail arrangement


      Aphrodisiac Trail

      The Aphrodisiac path is named after the well known Istrian truffle and it leads you through the beautiful nature of the Mirna River Valley, one of the best known truffle regions in Istria.

      Sport and wellness
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