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Motovun in Croatia is an Istrian medieval town whose appearance is a frequent motive of the Istrian hinterland. It is located on a hill above Mirna river, one of the most fertile territories of Istria, known for many vineyards and truffles. Therefore, it is a perfect choice for a one-day escape from the coast, which is why it is frequently visited by many guests who spend their holiday in Umag and Rovinj.

Due to a favourable climate and the influence of Mirna river, Motovun forest is one of the most favourable places for “hunting” truffles and experts point out that the white truffle from this part of Istria is one of the highest quality truffles in the world. Hospitality workers in many agricultural tourisms and taverns offer various imaginative meals in combination with truffles, which is a true treat for the most demanding gourmands. Of course, a glass of top quality wine from one of the vineyards stretching around the city is unavoidable with a good meal. The most popular wines are those from the Istrian sorts of white malvasia and red teran. Apart from gastronomy, Motovun also offers many excitements for culture lovers. This is a town filled with interesting churches, walls and picturesque stone streets that are especially alive during the film festival. Bicyclists enjoy the bicycle paths that go through the untouched nature of the Mirna river valley, and things are especially interesting during the balloon competitions, which are often held in the town due to the climate. Go to an excursion in Motovun and feel the soul of the original Green Istria!

What should you see and experience in Motovun?

  • Old town core and a unique view from the walls over the Mirna river valley
  • Gothic bell tower from the 13th century next to the parish church of St. Stjepan (Sv. Stephen) from the 17th century
  • Romanic communal palace on the main town square
  • Climb to the peak of Motovun, which is the longest Croatian staircase with its 1052 stairs
  • Motovun Film Festival gathers thousands of film lovers

How's the weather in Motovun


13 °C

°C - 15°C
  • Tue 26.03.

    4°C - 12°C

  • Wed 27.03.

    3°C - 11°C

  • Thu 28.03.

    4°C - 14°C

  • Fri 29.03.

    5°C - 15°C

  • Sat 30.03.

    3°C - 16°C

  • Sun 31.03.

    5°C - 18°C

What to do close to Motovun?


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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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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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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    MTB ride through an Istrian town


    Three Istrian Musketeers

    The picturesque medieval towns on hills in the Istrian inland – Oprtalj, Završje and Grožnjan – will win you over at first sight. Start a journey through Istrian history on your bicycle.

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      Panoramic view of Završje


      Visit Završje

      The picturesque village of Završje stands out with its original medieval architecture that represents medieval Istria in the best possible way and takes you back to historical times for a day.

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