Welcome to Motovun


It was the Venetians who decided to fortify the town in the 14th century, building two sets of thick walls. Within the walls, an atmospheric cluster of Romanesque and Gothic buildings houses a smattering of artist studios, restaurants and tourist-oriented shops. Newer houses and shops have sprung up on the slopes leading to the old town.

Motovun's main claim to fame is its popular film festival, which takes place every summer.


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Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Trieste

Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic green-blue land, which are environmental beauty and living history that draw you in; and diligent craftsmanship, witnessed in every field and stone. When you arrive, new scenes reveal themselves to you, intensifying your senses and dismissing the stress of the outside world, replacing it with new friendships and experiences to treasure and share.Three villages of Istria will be visited during our tour:BUZET is located to the far north next to Istria’s border with Slovenia. The core of its history, which dates from the middle ages is found on top of a hill overlooking the arable valley of Istria’s longest river - the Mirna. These days, Buzet is called the "City of Truffles" because its Mirna River forests are uncommonly rich with this delicacy. Some people even say that Istria’s white truffle is on a par with Italy’s white truffle which originates in the country’s Alba region. To honour this truffle, every year Truffle Days are held throughout September and October.- In Buzet we will be tasting local liquors and foods on a village tour.MOTOVUN - In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria - Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th century Romanesque-Gothic with a crown that is crenulated, dominates the centre of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. In the centre square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building at the time it was built; many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides, Istria’s finest wines such as the red Teran, and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards.- In Motovun we will be tasting Istrian olive oil and truffles on a village tour.MOMJAN - A pretty site positioned 270m above sea level, with fascinating natural beauty and a rich history. The soil’s composition makes is ideal for growing fruit and olive trees, and grape vines. Momjan is regarded as two parts, the upper and the lower. Situated in the lower part is a 22 metre bell tower and the 15th century church of St Martin. To the church’s west side is a rock which is the site of an ancient ruined castle, whose history involves crucial events in northern Istria’s past. The most well known wines from the region are the Muscat of Momjan, and Malvasia, both of which were well known and highly praised in Viennese courts. - In Momjan we will be tasting wine during a cellar tour and a village tour.

$380.92 Day Trips & Excursions

Istria Private Full Day Trip from Zagreb

Istria has become known for the highest quality truffles - especially the white truffle that can rival those of Italian regions of Alba and Piedmont. Truffles were appreciated by the Romans - they were believed to have grown as the result of God Jupiter throwing a lightning to an oak tree. On this trip you will visit three cities: Pula - the largest city in Istria. The most famous sight in Pula – of course – is the Roman amphitheatre, which is called The Arena. Built during the 1st century AD and completed under the reign of Emperor Flavius, the amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world (of those that still exist). Motovun - a city-monument. An ancient Istrian acropolis city situated on the top of a 277 meter-high hill whose current appearance originates from the Middle Ages, the 12th and 13th century. The longest Istrian stairway with 1052 stairs leads to the top of the Motovun hill and its Venetian city square. Hum - the smallest city on Earth! According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, recently Hum became popular for biska, a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating from Hum.

$131.59 Day Trips & Excursions

Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Koper

Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic green-blue land, which are environmental beauty and living history that draw you in; and diligent craftsmanship, witnessed in every field and stone. When you arrive, new scenes reveal themselves to you, intensifying your senses and dismissing the stress of the outside world, replacing it with new friendships and experiences to treasure and share.Three villages of Istria will be visited during our tour:BUZET is located to the far north next to Istria’s border with Slovenia. The core of its history, which dates from the middle ages is found on top of a hill overlooking the arable valley of Istria’s longest river - the Mirna. These days, Buzet is called the "City of Truffles" because its Mirna River forests are uncommonly rich with this delicacy. Some people even say that Istria’s white truffle is on a par with Italy’s white truffle which originates in the country’s Alba region. To honour this truffle, every year Truffle Days are held throughout September and October.- In Buzet we will be tasting local liquors and foods on a village tour.MOTOVUN - In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria - Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th century Romanesque-Gothic with a crown that is crenulated, dominates the centre of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. In the centre square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building at the time it was built; many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides, Istria’s finest wines such as the red Teran, and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards.- In Motovun we will be tasting Istrian olive oil and truffles on a village tour.MOMJAN - A pretty site positioned 270m above sea level, with fascinating natural beauty and a rich history. The soil’s composition makes is ideal for growing fruit and olive trees, and grape vines. Momjan is regarded as two parts, the upper and the lower. Situated in the lower part is a 22 metre bell tower and the 15th century church of St Martin. To the church’s west side is a rock which is the site of an ancient ruined castle, whose history involves crucial events in northern Istria’s past. The most well known wines from the region are the Muscat of Momjan, and Malvasia, both of which were well known and highly praised in Viennese courts. - In Momjan we will be tasting wine during a cellar tour and a village tour.

$130.83 Day Trips & Excursions

Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Rovinj

Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic green-blue land, which are environmental beauty and living history that draw you in; and diligent craftsmanship, witnessed in every field and stone. When you arrive, new scenes reveal themselves to you, intensifying your senses and dismissing the stress of the outside world, replacing it with new friendships and experiences to treasure and share.Three villages of Istria will be visited during our tour:BUZET is located to the far north next to Istria’s border with Slovenia. The core of its history, which dates from the middle ages is found on top of a hill overlooking the arable valley of Istria’s longest river - the Mirna. These days, Buzet is called the "City of Truffles" because its Mirna River forests are uncommonly rich with this delicacy. Some people even say that Istria’s white truffle is on a par with Italy’s white truffle which originates in the country’s Alba region. To honour this truffle, every year Truffle Days are held throughout September and October.- In Buzet we will be tasting local liquors and foods on a village tour.MOTOVUN - In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria - Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th century Romanesque-Gothic with a crown that is crenulated, dominates the centre of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. In the centre square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building at the time it was built; many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides, Istria’s finest wines such as the red Teran, and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards.- In Motovun we will be tasting Istrian olive oil and truffles on a village tour.NOVIGRAD - Once a peaceful fishing town, over the years has become a compelling touristic destination. Although being so popular among tourists from all around the world, Novigrad has to this day kept its intimate and irresistible charm of a typical quite Mediterranean fishing town. Novigrad isn’t just a real architectural gem filled with astounding historical sights, rich cultural heritage and preserved natural beauty; it is also one of the top Istrian gourmet destinations where one can taste many gastronomic extravagance of the Mediterranean food.- In Novigrad we will be tasting wine during a cellar tour and a village tour.

$242.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Istria Private Day Trip from Pula

You will be picked up from your hotel, then driven to sights that you have previously chosen and advised via mail. For example, if you are in a hotel in Pula, you could be picked up at 9 am and then be driven to Motovun. There you could have a ham, cheese and truffle products tasting in a local shop. Then have a walking tour of the city. When you are done, you could have lunch in one of the local Konobas, something typical like truffles or similar. After lunch, go to Rovinj and do a sightseeing walking tour. Depending on the speed, you can have some free time in the cities, which would allow you to do something on your own as well. Usually you would be back to your hotel at approximately 5:00pm.

$271.26 Day Trips & Excursions

Istria Private Guided Day Trip from Zagreb

Morning departure from Zagreb – pickup at the hotel at 8.30 am. An hour and a half drive to our first stop in Trsat hilltop castle (fortification) located just above the beautiful coastal city of Rijeka and the third largest city in Croatia. The castle itself is one of the oldest castle-forts in Croatia founded by the House of Frankopan – one of the most famous and oldest Croatian noble families.There you shall have coffee break with a spectacular view of city of Rijeka and Istria peninsula. After your coffee break, continuation of the trip towards Istria, most known as the region of the royal mushroom – the truffle. The truffle has been considered a delicacy for millenniums. It had been food in which Mesopotamian rulers enjoyed 4000 years ago as well as it is a delicacy nowadays. This royal mushroom was of course known to the ancient Greeks and the Roman emperors, as well as favorable food served at the French court and among the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. It is very rare since it grows only in several locations in Europe – in some parts of France, Italy and in Istria.There visit medieval hilltop town of Motovun. Its location, overlooking the vast Motovun forest rich in truffles and hillside vineyards, makes it one of the most beautiful and unique Mediterranean old towns. After exploring the stones of an old medieval fortification you will have time for lunch (optional). We can definitely worn you to prepare your palate for the true taste explosion because you will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Istrian truffle lunch.After lunch head back to Zagreb with one last stop at the town of Opatija. This elegant destination also known as the Queen of the Adriatic has the longest tourism tradition in Croatia. More than 170 years long. It all began in the late 19th century when, due to remarkable presence of natural remedies within the area’s soil, water or climate, Opatija officially gained the status of Royal health resort within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. You will have the opportunity to take a peek at the most romantic promenade of the Adriatic coast – Opatija’s lungo mare while enjoying the cake or gelato in the famous Opatija’s coffee house Wagner.After Opatija, continue with the drive back to Zagreb and expect to arrive around 6.00 pm.