If you need a break from sun and sea, head into the fascinating Istrian hinterland to visit Motovun, the most famous and beautiful medieval town in Istria.
Perched atop a 277-metre-high hill overlooking the green valley of the Mirna River, Motovun is a pretty little fortified town that still bears traces of Venetian rule.
This little gem is an unsuspected city of art and culture: art galleries and artists’ studios breathe new life into the old town, while important cultural events attract a growing number of international visitors every year.
Come here to step back in time as you stroll through the narrow streets of the centre of Motovun, contemplate the beauty of the surrounding nature from one of the town’s vantage points and drink a glass of good wine: if you think that the joys of life are simple things, this is the perfect place for you.
The old town of Motovun is a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic houses enclosed within two mighty city walls.
The view is dominated by the 16th century bell tower that rises up along the inner walls: climb up here to enjoy an extraordinary view of the town and the forests, olive groves and meadows of the surrounding landscape.
The city’s most famous building is the Renaissance Church of St. Stephen, designed by the famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Admire the marble statues of St Stephen and St Lawrence by Venetian sculptor Francesco Bonazzo.
After taking a look at the city’s main monuments, browse through the many art galleries and local craft shops or treat yourself to a wine tasting in a local produce shop.
Motovun is a perfect destination for lovers of food and wine tourism. In fact, this area produces the finest Istrian wines, the white Malvasia and the red Teran, which should not be missed.
The area is also famous for another exquisite product: the forests around Motovun and the Mirna valley are rich in truffles, the quality of which is comparable to Italian and French truffles.
The truffle season lasts from September to December. If you are here during this period, take the opportunity to try a few dishes based on this delicacy.
The small town of Motovun becomes an international star during the days of its most important event, theInternational Motovun Film Festival, held every year at the end of July.
Since its first edition in 1999, this independent and avant-garde film festival has expanded considerably, becoming a major event with numerous daily screenings, both outdoors and indoors, and side events such as concerts and parties.
If you come to Motovun on festival days, you might bump into some celebrities strolling through the medieval streets of the old town!
During your stay in Motovun, raise your eyes to the sky: you might see it dotted with colourful hot air balloons flying high in a romantic and nostalgic way from the days when man flew without an engine.
Don’t be surprised by this abundance of air balloons: Motovun’s microclimate is suitable for ballooning in all seasons of the year, which is why various hot-air balloon events are organised.
Motovun is only 20 km away from the popular tourist resort of Poreč, but it is rather difficult to reach Motovun by public transport because buses connecting it to other towns are not frequent.
If you have not come to Croatia with your own car, we recommend that you rent one to visit Motovun and its surroundings.
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