Croatia
Motovun

An enchanting hilltop town where the essence of ancient Istria is preserved amidst cobbled streets and panoramic vistas. Overlooking the Mirna River valley, this medieval marvel is an architectural gem and a magnet for cultural enthusiasts. Read more

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Visit Motovun in 2024

Perched atop a hill, Motovun is enveloped by dense forests, renowned for their bountiful truffles – a culinary delicacy of the region. The town's Venetian colonial influence is palpable, with its solid town walls, gates, and towers reminiscent of a time when it stood as a strategic defense post. Today, these fortifications offer visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the Istrian interior, with its vineyards, forests, and the distant blue mountains.
The town's vibrant culture is showcased annually during the Motovun Film Festival, attracting cinephiles from across the globe. This event transforms the tranquil town into a lively hub of film screenings, discussions, and festivities. The town's streets, laden with quaint cafes, artisan shops, and galleries, pulse with an old-world charm that transports visitors back in time.
With its combination of historical allure, culinary delights, and mesmerizing views, Motovun stands as a testament to Istria's rich heritage and timeless appeal.

45.33395, 13.82719 Open in Google Maps

The most famous sights
What to do in Motovun

Motovun Town Walls

Climb these preserved fortifications for an unparalleled view of the Istrian countryside.

Church of St. Stephen

This 17th-century sanctuary, boasting beautiful frescoes and baroque altars, stands as Motovun's spiritual beacon.

Motovun Forest

A haven for truffle hunters, this lush forest is ripe for exploration and gastronomic adventures.

Truffle Hunting Tours

Experience the thrill of truffle hunting with trained dogs, followed by a truffle-based culinary treat.

Miro Tartufi

A delightful shop offering an array of truffle products, from oils to cheeses and everything in between.

House of Wine and Truffle

A gastronomic delight, this place offers wine tasting sessions paired with truffle-infused dishes.

Paragliding Tandem Istria

For an aerial view of Motovun's beauty, take to the skies with experienced paragliders.

Parenzana Bike Trail

This old railway track, transformed into a biking trail, offers cyclists a scenic route through Istria's heart.

Ancient Well in Main Square

A piece of Motovun's history, this old well in the town's central square has quenched thirsts for centuries.

Gallery Wine & Art

Indulge in a sensory experience as you savor local wines amidst an artistic ambiance.

What else to visit
In and around Motovun

Pazin (13.47 km)

Delve into the heart of Istria, where medieval tales come alive and natural wonders beckon. Pazin, the administrative center of Istria County, is a treasure trove of Croatian history, mystique, and stunning landscapes.

Hum (17.18 km)

Poreč (21.72 km)

Poreč, perched along the Istrian peninsula's western coast, is a radiant mosaic of ancient Roman streets, pristine beaches, and a lively Adriatic spirit. Dive into its rich history while soaking up the sun.

Umag (26.16 km)

Nestled on the Adriatic Sea's northwestern coast, Umag is a captivating Croatian town that effortlessly combines historical charm with modern allure.

Piran (28.93 km)

Piran, a Venetian time capsule on Slovenia's Adriatic coast, captures hearts with its romantic charm. This seaside haven is a mosaic of medieval architecture, sun-warmed stones, and historic tales whispered by the sea breeze.

Rovinj (31.87 km)

Emerging from the Adriatic Sea like a majestic vision of the past, Rovinj is an enchanting town of cobblestone streets, Venetian architecture, and stunning coastal views.

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