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Motovun

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

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    6°C - 10°C

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    2°C - 8°C

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    -3°C - 6°C

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What to do close to Motovun?

View of Motovun from the south side

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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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MTB ride through an Istrian town

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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

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    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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    From Spring to Spring

    The Mirna River hides many sources, tributaries and streams and the valley it flows through is considered one of the most popular biking areas in Istria for a reason. Enjoy the untouched nature!

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      From Galleries to Sculptures

      The path starts at Grožnjan, known as the “town of artists” thanks to its many galleries and ateliers, and takes you sightseeing to an interesting sculpting colony park in Marušići.

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        Panoramic view of Grožnjan

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        Visit Grožnjan

        Grožnjan stands out with its well preserved medieval architecture that maintains the spirit of the original Istria. Thanks to many galleries and ateliers, Grožnjan is known as the “town of artists”.

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