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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$63.25 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.

$78.29 Walking & Biking Tours

Cycling Istrian Countryside

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productThis is our staring and ending point of cycling through Istrian Countryside.Duration: 1 hourLocation: Museum ParenzanaOur trip takes us to this magical place know as Town of artists. We will have longer break in Groznjan and you will have a chance to explore the small streets filled with galleries and enjoy beautiful view while having lunch.Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia, Groznjan, IstriaThis is optional part of the trip. After the cycling part there will be an option to drive up to the base of Motovun Old Town where we will take a walk around the Motovun centre and old defense walls.Duration: 1 hourLocation: Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun, Motovun, Istria

$130.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Pula

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Pula's Marketplace, Pula, IstriaYour guide will pick you up at the agreed starting point in Pula, Croatia - hotel, cruise terminal, bus station, train station etc. (please contact us after the booking so the appropriate arrangements can be made).Stop At: The town of Hum, Hum, IstriaDuring 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.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun, Motovun, IstriaNorthern 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.”Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia, Groznjan, IstriaGrožnjan 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.Duration: 2 hours

$172.49 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Pula, Parenzana Trail 8-Hour Cycling Tour and Wine, Dinner

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.

$60.95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Istrian Hills Tour and Wine Tasting plus Regional Hotel Pickup

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Groznjan Hilltop village of artists, Istria, Croatia, Groznjan, IstriaSet off on an unforgettable adventure of exploring Istrian hinterland. Think about green hills, olive groves, vineyards and rolling fields. Think about scattered hilltop towns with spectacular views of the stunning countryside. Our first stop is Grožnjan, the medieval beauty with preserved old walls, forts, churches and monuments. Housing 28 ateliers, the city art gallery with works of renowned artists, summer film school, and jazz festivals, Grožnjan is widely known as the ''town of artists''. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Church of St. Rocco, Oprtalj, IstriaAfter Grožnjan, we will visit Oprtalj, another charming medieval town situated above Mirna Valley. This historical jewel was once a fort surrounded by massive town walls inside which settled picturesque houses. Just outside of the town walls there is a huge Venetian loggia, with the collection of stone monuments. The loggia offers incredible views on the landscape descending to the sea. Our stroll journey ends in a beautiful ambience of a local tavern where we'll taste indigenous Istrian delicacies! Duration: 2 hours

$241.48 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.