Central Istria

  • PPS Središnja Istra - Motovun 01
  • PPS Središnja Istra - Pazin 02

Inspiration in the heart of Istria

Picturesque towns on hilltops, some of which are today still surrounded by mighty walls, villages with stone houses and numerous paths through beautiful intact nature are the charms of central Istria. This hilly land is the place that consists of a wonderful landscape, culture of high artistic value, a tumultuous past originating from prehistory and the excellent traditional Istrian food and drink.

Its mild climate with pleasant temperatures is ideal for exploring the natural beauties of the region. Take a walk through the streets of old towns or one of the village paths and discover romantic stone houses, vineyards and green valleys dotted with streams and rich flora and fauna. Enjoy the inspirational surroundings of Pazin’s picturesque cave and test your courage by going down the zip-line or in an exciting underground speleo-adventure.

The towns of central Istria tell the tales of the area’s turbulent past. To get a complete experience of the past, settle down in one of the modernly furnished, old Istrian houses, which have kept their traditional stone architecture, and the offer of the local Istrian food. Visit some of the old Istrian castles, learn about the legendary historical tales and you will find out why central Istria was an inspiration for famous travel writers and great men of letters.

Complete your journey by visiting one of many cultural events and happenings. Film fans will enjoy the Motovun Film Festival, and guests can experience Istrian traditions by visiting TradInEtno Festival and the Jules Verne Festival in Pazin, as well as the Days of the Giant Veli Jože in Motovun. In Istria you can discover the long-forgotten customs and the rich offer of local souvenirs and food such as truffles or pasta fuži.

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