Not far from the beaches and the sea lies an altogether different, green Istria. Its enchanted hills are sprinkled with medieval towns with rich histories and local ingredients just waiting to be tasted. Join us on a journey through Central Istria.
Almost every hilltop in Central Istria hides a fortress from whose remains a romantic medieval town was born. Viewing them from afar, you feel as if they are calling you to come closer and hear them speak. And they have so much to say.
Grožnjan will tell you about art – today, an international film school and as many as 18 galleries and art studios can be found there. Oprtalj is proud of its unique bell tower of St George’s Church, as well as many smaller stone chapels, while Motovun… Motovun will, very aware of its beauty, ask you to take a picture. Beneath the town lies the Motovun forest in which the greatest Istrian gastronomic treasure can be found – the truffle. Allegedly one of the best in the world, but you will have to try for yourself.
If you lower your gaze beneath the medieval towns, you will discover a completely different world of Istrian valleys. Numerous forests, vineyards and olive groves are criss-crossed by the so-called roads of prosciutto, cheese, olive oil and wine. Winemaking and the local people are inextricably linked in a story lasting almost 2000 years, ever since the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, brought the grapevine to Istria. A new rise in winemaking has been taking place over the last few decades and, as part of our experience, you can taste the award-winning, but still less widely-known local varieties, such as Malvasia Istriana, Teran and Muškat. Istrian wines are a vital part of the Istrian people, their passion and hard work. Once you set foot on the unique Istrian terroir, you will realise that Istrian wines uncover a layered story you have only begun to discover.
Discover the historical, cultural and gastronomical delights of Central Istria under the direction of experienced guides.
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A good rest sometimes involves lots of relaxation and other times an adrenaline-filled adventure which will be talked about for years to come. An off-road buggy ride will take you into the undiscovered wilderness of Central Istria, while a speleological adventure in the Pazin Cave will bring you into Istria’s very heart.
Did you know that Istria boasts many small, yet globally recognised wineries? There are also boutique wineries, producing thousands of bottles of supreme terroir wines found exclusively in Croatia. Treat yourself to an unforgettable wine trail experience in north-western Istria and enjoy a selection of wines from the award-winning Kozlović, Benvenuti, Matošević and Kabola wineries.
Swimming and sunbathing in secluded coves of the Rovinj archipelago, sailing to the Lim Channel, setting off for a day trip to Brijuni on a 24-metre yacht… Whatever your ideal day at sea might be, we have it covered. For more information, please contact the concierge, who will gladly find you the perfect yacht.
Istria is not only home to white truffles, blue sea and the greenest olive oil in the world. Here you can also find numerous historical sites, ancient Roman monuments, medieval towns, and many other reminders of its rich, thousand-years-long history. Explore them together with expert local guides.
Istrians have great respect for olive oil because they know how important the interplay of the microclimate, quality of soil, timely processing and a thousand-year-long tradition is for obtaining supreme olive oil. If you are looking for an authentic experience, taste the best Istrian olive oils at the very oil mills, where experts will tell you how to best pair different olive oil varieties with famous delicacies.