Welcome to Gračišće
Situated amid rolling countryside, 8km southeast of Pazin, this sleepy medieval hill town is one of Istria’s well-kept secrets. Its collection of ancient buildings includes the unassuming Romanesque St Euphemia's Church (built 1383), tiny St Mary's Church (1425), fronted by a graceful stone loggia, and the ruined shell of the 15th-century Venetian-Gothic Salamon Palace. The large Parish Church of St Vitus is a relative newbie (1769), but the views from its churchyard are extraordinary.
You won’t need more than 30 minutes to circle the tiny town, but the ambience is truly lovely. A well-marked 11.5km circular hiking trail, the Path of St Simeon (Pješačka staza sv Šimuna), leads from here.