Welcome to Grožnjan

In 1965, sculptor Aleksandar Rukavina and a small group of artists ‘discovered’ the crumbling medieval appeal of Grožnjan and began setting up studios in the abandoned buildings. As the town crawled back to life, it attracted the attention of Jeunesses Musicales International, an international training program for young musicians. In 1969 a summer school for musicians was established here and it has been operating ever since with annual summer courses, recitals and concerts taking place in the castle and leafy squares.

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$63.63 Day Trips & Excursions

Istrian Hilltops Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting

Your group will receive a morning pickup in front of your accommodation on the west coast of Istria. You’ll first be transferred to Groznjan, an ancient city on a hill 748 feet (228 meters) above the sea level. This hilltop town that has remained largely untouched by modern development to this day, and offers an amazing view over the local olive groves, vineyards and the sea coastline in distance. You’ll also have time to check out Groznjan’s array of artist and galleries, jazz festival and small alleys. After visiting Groznjan, your day trip continues to Motovun, one of the most beautiful medieval hilltop towns in the Istrian hinterland. Motovun and the surrounding area are famous for the white and black truffles you can find in the local forests. While in Motovun take some time to check out its sturdy medieval walls. Finish the day with an included wine tasting.

$131.12 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Pula

During our tour we will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where we will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades.  Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe.  Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country –  Motovun. This fascinating city that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.”  Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

$173.53 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Parenzana Trail Full Day Cycling Tour from Pula, Rovinj, Poreč or Buje

Transfer to Buje. The ride along the gravel road for next 10 km will take you to Grožnjan, a small Istrian town of great cultural heritage, in a more recent history known as the "Town of Artists". There follows a short ride along Grožnjan's narrow and cobbled streets. You will continue your route to Parenzana with a beautiful view to the Mirna valley. Through tunnels and bridges, the road will take you to Livade. You will then cross the Mirna River to reach the other side of the valley and climb towards Motovun, one of the most popular Istrian medieval towns. Here you will enjoy wine tasting and dining in a beautiful setting of a local tavern.  Return transfer to the hotel.

$61.32 Day Trips & Excursions

Istrian hilltops treasures from Umag Novigrad Rovinj Pula Medulin

Discover the beauty of “Green Istria”, hidden from everyday bustle in its lowlands encompassed by forests and hills”.  Legend has it that, not so long ago in the valley of river Mirna,  lived giants who were so tall they could pass on tools from hand to hand and large stones to build numerous settlements on hills! Grožnjan, known  as the city of artists, surrounded by green hills and a magical white soil with interesting history, which has been written in every nook and naturally permeates the present. It is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric finds, ancient castles, magnificent palaces and many other old buildings, whose past glory was recovered through restoration, all in order to be able to evoke the charm of the past. In this small town, there are as many as 28 ateliers; there is also the city art gallery with works by artists from around the world, and even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here. In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage on which renowned jazz and classical musicians alternate, as do many other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here. After Grožnjan, we shall visit the small town of Oprtalj situated on a hill and accessible by a narrow plateau, however, a very picturesque village in northern Istria! At some time in the past, this was a fortified settlement and now only the settlement gateway is visible. Every single stone step emanates its historical spirit, each perfectly set in place to create a perfect picture, which, in its silence, enriches visitors of tales from the past. Our stroll ends in a beautiful ambience of a local tavern where we shall have the pleasure of tasting indigenous Istrian delicacies! Itinerary:Hotel departure followed by: 11:00 – arrival Grožnjan, sightseeing 13:00 – departure to Oprtalj 13:30 – arrival Oprtalj, sightseeing 14:00 – food and wine tasting 15:30 – departure Oprtalj

$242.95 Day Trips & Excursions

Life After People

Get picked in the morning up by your guide with the air-conditioned van at your accommodation. On your way to Grožnjan watch the city streets transform into the rolling hillside of Istria, lined with beautiful nature, wineyards and olive groves. After arrival to your first destination of this tour you will have a slow walk through the streets of the completely stone-made town of Grožnjan and enjoy it's magnificent views, art galleries and a tasting of local products. After Grožnjan you will take a short ride to your next destination – the small town of Oprtalj. There you will take a short walk through the streets of half-abandoned town before having lunch in an amazing local tavern. After finishing lunch you will depart to your last destination of the day, the almost completely abandoned village of Završje. After ending your tour of Završje you will taje another scenic ride back to your accommodation.

$291.54 Day Trips & Excursions

Istrian Wine Extravaganza

Our tour guide will pick you up in the morning with an air-conditioned van in front of your accommodation. The ride to the first winery takes a little over an hour, but it will be a great ride through the Istrian countryside, and you will learn a lot about the way of life in Istria from your tour guide. After arriving to the first winery, you will have a tasting of three wines without much being said about the wines, afterall it is a “breakfast” tasting, and the whole point of it is to enjoy three glases of premium wine in an amazing setting of the Kozlović winery. That will be the best possible intro for the next location you’ll visit – the charming town of Grožnjan. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Istria, and shurely the most beautiful in it’s countryside. There you will take a stroll through it’s old streets and soak in the atmosphere of this little artistic colony and a gem of a town. After Grožnjan you will head to the Michelin recomended restaurant where you will be served with an amazing Istrian three course lunch. Happy and satisfied, you are ready for the last stop of this tour – the Matošević winery. There you will get to taste at least 6 amazing wines and find out how they are made, what food they best accompany, and take a walk through the wineries production facilities.After that you will head back to your accommodation and take your hard-earned rest after tasting all those wines.