BUZET - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Buzet

Buzet is located in the north of Istria close to the border with Slovenia. Buzet is one of the larger Istrian hill towns. The picturesque old town rises steeply from the banks of the river Mirna to the peak of a conical hill. The old town retains it medieval character and the Buzet regional museum, located in the old town, contains archaeological finds from the Roman period and bronze age and local artefacts including an old kitchen and a collection of agricultural tools.


Hilltop town of Buzet
Hilltop town of Buzet
Buzet
Buzet

Buzet is major centre for truffles which are gathered from the woodlands in the Mirna valley. Truffle Days are organised in Buzet every year in September and October. The truffle season in Istria opens in Buzet on the second weekend in September when a giant truffle omelette is cooked using over 2000 eggs and 10 kilograms of truffles. There are further truffle days in the region throughout September and October.


A street in Buzet
A street in Buzet

Motovun

Motovun is by no means the highest of Istria‘s medieval hilltop towns but it is the most striking both viewed from a distance and from within. It sits atop a conical hill that rises steeply from the Mirna valley to give an enchanting view from almost every direction of approach. The town's fortifications are well preserved and it is possible to walk around much of the wall while the central square contains the Romanesque Municipal Palace, the largest secular building in Istria of that period, and many other historic buildings.


Hilltop town of Motovun
Hilltop town of Motovun

Motovun (Montona to the Italians) has long since been an attractive and popular tourist destination. Every July, Motovun is packed with visitors to its International Film Festival. In May each year Motovun hosts an event for hot air balloons. Motovun has an excellent micro climate for hot air ballooning and paragliding. Motovun based Istra Paragliding provides tandem flights with an instructor. As with other towns along the Mirna valley, Motovun hosts a truffle day in the autumn.


Motovun
Motovun

Pazin

An important town located in the centre of Istria. The castle in Pazin is the best preserved medieval fortress in Istria. It was first mentioned in written documents in 983. Located in the castle are the Ethnograhic Museum of Istria and the Museum of Pazin. Under the walls of the castle lies the entrance to the Pazin cave through which flows an underground river that inspired Jules Verne to give Pazin Castle and cave a central role in his novel Mathias Sandorf (1885). There is a 1.3km walking path through the canyon which includes sightseeing within the cave.


Other places of interest in the area

Beram: a small fortified town on a circular hill. The chapel of Sv. Marija na Skriljinah about 1 kilometre from Beram contains amazingly well preserved frescoes painted in 1474. The chapel is kept locked and you will need to ask locally to obtain access.


Gracisce: a hilltop town offering superb views across central Istria towards mount Ucka. The town is host to the annual Exhibition of the Wine of Central Istria. Within the town you will find a choice of restaurants and cafe's for refreshment. Gracisce is the starting point for an 11.5 kilometre circular walk taking in the Sopot waterfall.


Draguc: a medieval hilltop town built along a ridge with the hillside falling away steeply on both sides and offering spectacular views across Istria. One of the best Istria hilltop towns and with its dramatic setting and unspoilt medieval character Draguc has been a setting for several films. There are local restaurants and cafes for refreshment




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