, the largest Croatian peninsula, known for its history, olive oil, wines, and truffles! Despite being a peninsula, Istria is the most developed region in Croatia and has plenty of tourism. The western coast features seaside towns, such as Umag
, and Rovinj
. Although this is the region's most popular area, Istria's inland villages are just as interesting and often missed.
Inland Istria is sometimes called "Little Tuscany." It boasts hilly scenery, agriculture, and Italian vibes, thanks to its interesting history, olive groves, and vineyards. Additionally, Istria has also held the "Best Olive Region in the World" title more than once, rivaling its Italian neighbors!
There are a few inland villages worth visiting in Istria, the most popular being the medieval hilltop town of Motovun
. To get there, you can pass through two other charming villages, Grožnjan
Grožnjan is a small, quaint place known for an artistic colony and incredible views of surrounding valleys and the seaside. Oprtalj, on the other hand, is a great stop for lunch at the famous Kozlović family
Upon arrival in Motovun, enjoy strolling through the town's twisting cobbled streets, all with origins from the 13the century. The town is known for three distinct layers of city walls the city used for protection. Pass through the old town gate while enjoying views of the countryside, stopping for a coffee at a cafe, or to buy some truffle products. If you enjoy wine, Motovun is surrounded by several acclaimed vineyards and wineries.
Another activity that draws visitors to Istria (particularly to Motovun) is truffle hunting—the area has the highest density of truffles! You'll find plenty of quaint shops within Motovun's walls selling the prized ingredient, but you can also opt for a truffle hunting excursion
. One of the biggest truffles ever discovered was found in this area.
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