PAZIN - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

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 cafe‘s for refreshment


Central Istria

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.


Oprtalj
Oprtalj
Motovun
Motovun

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.


Buje
Buje

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.


Rovinj
Rovinj

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 Pazin


Villa Naturella
Villa Naturella A four bedroom, three bathroom villa in a quiet village in large grounds of 7000 square metres. Wonderful countryside views and fresh air. Wireless internet, large pool, pet friendly. Two air conditioned sitting rooms. Beach 16km (10 miles).
Villa Asparagus
Villa Asparagus A luxury, air-conditioned, three bedroom, two bathroom villa with pool, sauna, garden and terrace, BBQ. 7km from the famous town of Motovun. Pet friendly. 22km Porec beaches.
Villa Fernando
Villa Fernando A two bedroom, two shower room air-conditioned small villa with a walled patio garden and an exercise plunge pool and BBQ. Gourmet region and lovely views.
Villa Freya
Villa Freya A luxury, air-conditioned, three bedroom, two bathroom stone villa with pool, arranged as two apartments. Pool, garden, terrace, BBQ, sauna and games room. Pet friendly, internet, 7km from Motovun, 30 minutes drive from Porec beaches.
Villa Tarantina
Villa Tarantina A luxury, air-conditioned, four bedroom, two bathroom villa with pool, sauna, garden and terrace, BBQ. 7km from the famous town of Motovun. Pet friendly. Thirty minute drive from Porec beaches.
Villa Skye
Villa Skye A luxury, air-conditioned, three bedroom, two bathroom stone villa with pool, sauna, garden and terrace, BBQ. 7km from the famous town of Motovun. Pet friendly. Thirty minute drive from Porec beaches.


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