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Motovun

Truffle Specialties, Movie Nights and Romantic Vantage Points

Situated in the inland surrounded by vineyards and beautiful countryside, Motovun, a medieval town in the heart of Istria is home to around 500 residents. It is known as being the city of the Great Joze, a good-natured helpful giant by the writer Vladimir Nazor and the story is well-known all throughout Croatia. Not only its spectacular location on a green, steep hill overlooking the valley of the 53 kilometer long Mirna (river)- the longest river in Istria- but also the historical legacy of past eras and rulers make it a popular holiday destination Motovun in Croatia. The hinterlands of Istria can be observed from the fascinating panorama enjoyed from above the Mirna River valley and also marveled at from the foot of the hill that Motovun is perched on. It is characterized by vineyards where the white Malvasia and Teran red are grown, and the Motovun oak forest where the famous white truffles of Istria can be found. The abundance of truffles makes the region a popular destination for gourmets, but is also an important part of many traditions and events in the area. In late autumn the "Dani tartufa"- the days of the truffle – is celebrated by locals and visitors each year where, of course, many dishes are served with the noble mushroom.

With a toss of the horn, you can celebrate another tradition in Motovun: On Ash Wednesday, the men of the city compete in horn throwing. They try to throw a wooden stick – the so-called "bacuka" – and aim to land in the vicinity of an ox horn. During the competition the men play from the top of the hill down into the valley.

In the last days of July, the streets of the village become besieged by film fans to participate in the the annual film festival that takes place then in Motovun. Since 1999, the organizers of the Motovun Film Festival are able to produce a platform for productions outside of Hollywood and appear toto be greatly successful. More than 30,000

Truffle Specialties, Movie Nights and Romantic Vantage Points

Situated in the inland surrounded by vineyards and beautiful countryside, Motovun, a medieval town in the heart of Istria is home to around 500 residents. It is known as being the city of the Great Joze, a good-natured helpful giant by the writer Vladimir Nazor and the story is well-known all throughout Croatia. Not only its spectacular location on a green, steep hill overlooking the valley of the 53 kilometer long Mirna (river)- the longest river in Istria- but also the historical legacy of past eras and rulers make it a popular holiday destination Motovun in Croatia. The hinterlands of Istria can be observed from the fascinating panorama enjoyed from above the Mirna River valley and also marveled at from the foot of the hill that Motovun is perched on. It is characterized by vineyards where the white Malvasia and Teran red are grown, and the Motovun oak forest where the famous white truffles of Istria can be found. The abundance of truffles makes the region a popular destination for gourmets, but is also an important part of many traditions and events in the area. In late autumn the "Dani tartufa"- the days of the truffle – is celebrated by locals and visitors each year where, of course, many dishes are served with the noble mushroom.

With a toss of the horn, you can celebrate another tradition in Motovun: On Ash Wednesday, the men of the city compete in horn throwing. They try to throw a wooden stick – the so-called "bacuka" – and aim to land in the vicinity of an ox horn. During the competition the men play from the top of the hill down into the valley.

In the last days of July, the streets of the village become besieged by film fans to participate in the the annual film festival that takes place then in Motovun. Since 1999, the organizers of the Motovun Film Festival are able to produce a platform for productions outside of Hollywood and appear toto be greatly successful. More than 30,000 visitors can register for the Motovun Film Festival annually.

Resort Attractions and the Surrounding Area

Motovun is a medieval town with a long history that can be experienced in many places. These include a Gothic bell tower, which is part of the three-nave parish 17th century Church of St. Stephen, as well as the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which is located opposite the church of St. Stephen. The Municipal Palace dates back to the 16th century and is considered the largest secular building in Istria from this period.

Those wanting to spend their vacation in the midst of the vineyards on the Mirna, will not be able to miss exploring the surrounding countryside- whether by bike or a hike on foot. At the same time the surrounding towns also have many attractions. The lighthouse in Savudrija near Umag is highly recommended for a visit. The lighthouse in Savudrija is the oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic and was built in 1818, according to the legend, by Count Metternich. He built the lighthouse to prove his love  for a Croatian woman, even though he was already married. Unfortunately, his beloved died before the construction was finished and so the Count left the country with a broken heart. The tragic story does not detract from the fantastic views of this romantic vantage point. For holidays in Croatia this is a very special experience in all regards.

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