MOTOVUN - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

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

Vizinada

Vizinada, positioned on the old road that ran through central istria before the motorway was built, commands a spectacular view across the valleys and hilltops of Central Istria. From this wonderful vantage point you can look down on the hilltop town of Motovun in the east and make out the spire of Groznjan church to the north. Vizinada is well placed to explore the towns, wineries and many fine restaurants of central istria. Furthermore the coastal towns of Novigrad and Porec are only a short drive; some 16 kilometres.


If passing through Vizinada it is well worth stopping to enjoy the views. There is a tourist office, a general store and a couple of cafe bars/restaurants on the main road that passes close by the centre of Vizinada. The 19th century ballerina Carlotta Grisi was born here.


Visnjan

Visnjan is a quiet town about 13km inland from the coastal town of Porec but being on higher ground has panoramic views to the sea. The community has a history extending to ancient times and the local churches have some interesting 16th century frescoes. Local restaurants make the most of the excellent local wines and the produce from the region.


Hilltop town of Visnjan
Hilltop town of Visnjan

Visnjan is well placed to explore both the interior of Istria and the coastal towns.


Spectacular sea view from Visnjan's hilltop square and old well
Spectacular sea view from Visnjan's hilltop square and old well

Porec

Porec is one of the principal tourist centres on the Istria coast. The town has a long history. Porec was an important Roman army base in the second century AD (the Roman name was Parentium). Today the old town has elements originating from its Roman and later Venetian history. The most notable building is the Episcopal Complex of the Basilica of Euphrasius dating from the 6th century, an important example of early Byzantine architecture and the earliest example of a triple apsed church in Western Europe.


Porec old town
Porec old town

In the summer Porec is a busy tourist centre with an abundance of restaurants, cafes and hotels around the centre and along the coast, a selection of beaches and a wide range of activities and entertainments for all age groups close at hand. These activities include waterparks, cable water skiing and wake boarding, cycle routes (including level tracks along the sea shore), kayak and jet ski hire, banana boat rides, Dino park (an amusement park for kids with rides and life size model dinosaurs), Barendine cave and the Parenzana electric train.


Getting there : Pula airport is 55 Kilometres (40 minute drive) and Trieste airport in Italy is 126 km (2 hours drive). There is a ferry service from Venice so a holiday in Porec can be combined with a short stay or a day trip to Venice.



Our Villas in Motovun


Villa Merlot
Villa Merlot A stunning two bedroom, three bathroom villa with breath-taking views of Motovun. A modern new build with air-conditioning and stylish decor throughout. Large infinity pool, Satellite TV, WiFi, large grounds and a barbecue area.
Villa Zamara
Villa Zamara A super- luxury, fully air-conditioned, new, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with a huge heated private infinity pool, hydro-massage, Wi-Fi, library, garden, BBQ, stunning views, pets considered, chef, maid on request, parking for 4 cars.


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