Overlooking the Mirna River valley lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun-Montona of the northern part of Istria. This amazing captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian inland.

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The Romanesque-Gothic bell tower from the 13th century, standing next to the Parish Church of St. Stephen from the 17th century, dominates the Motovun-Montona historic core. In the central square is the Romanesque Municipal Palace, the largest secular building in Istria of that period surrounded by many other historic buildings. Motovun-Montona is the perfect spot for a large number of events, the most famous among them is the International Motovun Film Festival.


Motovun, photo by Zoran Jelača

Motovun-Montona Forest which stretches along the Mirna River valley is rich in truffles, the underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. Istrian white truffles are said to be as good as the finest Italian and French truffles.


The land of Truffles

Opposite Motovun-Montona stands the charming picturesque Livade, famous for the festival known as the Days of Truffles held every year from September to November. Every year in Livade, also known as the World’s truffle center, a special festival is organized with a contest of choosing the largest truffle.

Croatian-Attractions-Hotel Kaštel entrance, Motovun, Istria

Motovun-Montona is surrounded by vineyards from which the finest Istrian wines, white wine Malvasia and red wine Teran, are produced. The entire area is dotted with excellent local restaurants serving local specialties.

In close vicinity is also medieval town Buzet and Istarske toplice, thermal spa with curative water.

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Motovun view


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