BUJE - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION
The tall belfry (the second highest in Istria) adjoining the Church of St. Servulus, can be seen from miles around and standing on the high point of this hilltop town is a striking landmark. It is possible to climb the tower which dates to the 15th century from where the view extends across four countries, Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Croatia. On a clear day it is also possible to see the Italian coastline on the opposite side of the Adriatic. The belfry offers one of the finest views in all of Istria.
Hilltop town of Buje
Buje old town is charming but it is very much a regional centre and not just a tourist destination. Buje has a couple of supermarkets, a pharmacy and medical centre. In the old town among the cafes and restaurants are shops selling local wines, olive oils and truffle products. The local tourist office on the High Street provides information on Istria and the Buje area.
From Buje it is a short drive to the coast at Umag or Novigrad or inland to other picturesque hilltop towns in central Istria such as Motovun and Groznjan. Buje is in the heart of one of the best wine growing areas and there are signed wine routes which can be followed.
Central Istria is often compared to Tuscany. The undulating landscape with vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and river valleys is studded with numerous hilltop towns and villages, many originating from the medieval period and earlier and almost all offering spectacular vantage points over the surrounding countryside. The guide books pick out the hilltop towns of Motovun and Groznjan but there are many others worth exploring and we will provide you with our own suggestions of places off the usual tourist routes that should not be missed. These medieval settlements have charming village houses, squares and alleyways and in towns like Oprtalj and Motuvun more imposing architecture and fortifications.
To the east side of Istria the old town of Labin and the hilltop village of Gracisce are worth visiting.
Excellent wines are produced in the area and well marked wine routes lead you through charming countryside to wineries where you can sample some of the best Croatian wines. Notable are the Kozlovic and Markezic wineries.
The Istrian coastal towns
The west coast of Istria is within easy reach. Many of the towns on this coast are communities first established in the Roman era or earlier but the dominant influence that can be seen today is Venetian. Most of the major coastal towns were under the control of the Venetian Republic during the medieval period. At the northern end of the coast the charming town of Novigrad is worth visiting; it has an attractive harbour crowded with local fishing boats and an old town surrounded by fortifications and on the outer side (away from the harbour) a lungamare (promenade) providing a pleasant walk along the coast and an ideal place to sunbathe and swim.
Further down the coast Rovinj is unquestionably the most picturesque of the medieval Venetian towns on the Adriatic. Every guide book features the colourful facades of the tightly packed houses that encircle this tiny peninsula with the cathedral of St Euphemia and its dominating 60 metre bell tower standing over the town.
Other coastal towns well documented in guide books are Porec, Umag, Vrsar and Piran in Slovenia. On the east coast of Istria, Opatija provides a contrast with its grand villas built in the 19th century for the Austro Hungarian aristocracy, a delightful lungamare (promenade) and some fine restaurants.
Our Villas in Buje
|A luxury air-conditioned five bedroom, four bathroom, new villa in traditional Istrian style, in a gated rural development near some charming Istrian towns and villages. Large garden and heated pool. Internet available. Fabulous countryside views. 20min from the beach. Excellent golf course 40min drive.|