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 going strong ever since with annual summer music, orchestra and ballet courses, recitals and concerts taking place in the local castle and the leafy squares.


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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.

$116.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Tour of Istria from Rovinj

You start in the morning at your accommodation. After the guide picked you up with our air-conditioned van you’ll drive right away into the hills and valleys of Istria’s countryside. First stop is in Poreč – the town of the Golden Mosaics. Your guide will show you the best places in Poreč and you discover it just like you want. After Poreč, you’ll sit down at a wooden table between vineyards and orchards in order to enjoy a 2-course lunch including great Istrian Wine and fresh local fruit juices. Next stop is Istria’s greatest hilltop town – Motovun. Surrounded by mighty city walls and a prime position on top of a big hill, Motovun delivers a great atmosphere. Walk the scenic city walls and let your eye meet the lush Istrian countryside. Try the most expensive mushroom in the world at the free truffle tasting in the old town of Motovun. Last stop is Grožnjan – the Artist’s village. Dreamy medieval architecture, narrow cobblestoned streets, and galleries with artists from all over former Yugoslavia fill up the town with artsy colors and intriguind scultpures. Return to your accommodation is in the late afternoon/early evening. This is a full day trip.

$64.94 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 and a stop in Zavrsje. Zavrsje is known as one of the most mystical of all 3 cities you visit, though nowadays it sits mostly abandoned. In the past, Zavrsje was connected to the cities of Trieste, Italy and Poreč with the old railway called Parenzana. After the day of discovery, drive back to your hotel in western Istria.

$62.58 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

$162.71 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour of Istria's Medieval Hilltop Towns

Setting off at 9am, and in the company of a small group, you’ll be led by a local guide to discover four of Istria’s most beautiful medieval towns. Transported by comfortable minivan, you’ll have the chance to admire Istria’s ruggedly beautiful scenery as you go — and will also do some exploring on foot at each of the four destinations. Your first stop is the hilltop town of Motovun, which is famous for its Venetian colonial architecture. See its 13th-century fortification walls, which are still intact, and admire views over Učka Mountain and the Mirna River Valley. Next, you’ll head to the town of Grožnjan, which is known as a local haven for artists and other creative types. Though it was nearly abandoned by the 1950s, this medieval town gained a new lease on life when painters, musicians, and other artists began to flock here. Today, you can wander its cobbled alleys and discover numerous galleries and art studios — and even pick up some unique souvenirs. After that, it’s on to the town of Oprtalj, situated in the northwest of Istria. This lofty town is beloved of nature lovers, hikers, and truffle hunters. It’s also a favorite of cultured types, given that it’s filled with medieval- and Renaissance-era landmarks. Finally, your last stop on this full-day tour is the lovely town of Završje, whose historic center is a Croatian cultural heritage site. Among its famous buildings are three historic churches, a castle, and a leaning bell tower. Završje is also on the Parenzana cycling route, one of the most beautiful bike paths in Croatia.

$70.74 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Istrian Inland Discovery Tour from Porec

Our first stop will be the town of Grožnjan, a home of many artist colonies. After short strolling down its narrow roads, we will head towards Livade where you will have the opportunity to taste the famous Istrian truffles and other typical products. Then follows a sightseeing tour of the picturesque town of Motovun. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior. After Motovun we will head towards Pazin, a town of long and rich tradition where we will have lunch and enjoy local cuisine. We will conclude our trip with the walking tour of Pazin which includes a visit to the Ethnographic Museum.This is how your day will look like: Departure from the hotel according to the plan of pickups. 08:30 Departure from Poreč 09:30 Arrival in Grožnjan and sightseeing 10:30 Departure 11:00 Arrival in Livade and truffle tasting 12:00 Departure 12:30 Arrival in Motovun and sightseeing 14:00 Departure 14:30 Arrival in Pazin and lunch 16:00 Sightseeing and visiting Ethnographic Museum 17:00 Departure from Pazin 18:00 Arrival in Poreč * time schedule may vary due to the traffic/crowd conditions