ISTRIADUCTION All Year | Working time: 0-24h | Free Entrance SOPOT WATERFALL, BUZET | Second highest waterfall in Istria with height of 30 metres. It is located in area of village Strana near Buzet. From road Čiritež - Buzet you have to make a turn to village Strana. First you'll arrive in village Brgad, but you have to pass through it, drive around one kilometer on macadam road and when you arrive back on asphalt road you are already in village Strana and there's the first guide mark for Sopot Climbing (Penjalište Sopot in Croatian). Then you have to drive around 500 metres down the hill and shortly you'll arrive to second guide mark, with same text. There you can leave your car and you have approximately 10 minutes of walk in waterfall direction. Once you arrive to the waterfall you'll be delighted with beauty of the nature, it truly is like in paradise. The waterfall passes through the hole that water carved into the stone and the sight from down under is magnificent. The waterfall is rarely active, only during rainy periods and is also known as climbing spot. Because of its beauty, climbers named
ISTRIADUCTION In October | Working time: 12-20h | Free Entrance THE FESTIVAL OF TERAN WINE AND TRUFFLES | Single-day hedonistic exhibition that has been held for the last 7 years in the heart of teran&truffle country in Croatia, in a lovely picturesque Istrian town called Motovun. The festival includes the public tasting of almost all of the teran wines produced in and around Motovun, and usually around 20 producers join the tasting and the competition in which the best teran of the festival is chosen. The Festival also exhibits truffles and the biggest, which can grow as heavy as 500 grams, is awarded the title "Veli Jože". The Festival takes place in October, this year's date is October 21st. Check the date in your calendar and till then enjoy festival photos. MORE ISTRIAGO COLLECTIONS
ISTRIADUCTION All Year | Working time: 0-24h | Free Entrance MOTOVUN MIST | I've always wanted to capture Motovun's famous morning mist. Legendary mist rises from Mirna river's valley up to the hilltop on which Motovun is placed so the town looks like an island. I finally got an opportunity to photograph it and I've circulated all around Motovun and took photos from hills in Motovun surroundings and conclusion is that Motovun looks like a fairy tale town from every single angle. One of the perspectives of local tourism, which is the most important sector of local economy, should be, literally "Selling the fog". I'm sure that a lot a tourists would pay to experience it, no matter for how long they have to wait. Now that I've experienced it, I know I would pay for that experience. MORE ISTRIAGO COLLECTIONS
ISTRIADUCTION All Year | Working time: 0-24h | Free Entrance In the northern part of Istria, overlooking the Mirna River valley, lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun-Montona. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior. Motovun is a perfect sight from every angle, but I had great luck to capture Motovun behind the beautiful rainbow. Motovun has most visitors during cloudy and rainy days so try your luck and maybe you'll get oportunity to capture this magnificent natural phenomenon. For now you can enjoy it from my perspective through these photos. MORE ISTRIAGO COLLECTIONS
ISTRIADUCTION All Year | Working time: 7-22h | Pay per Entrance CAPE KAMENJAK is the southernmost cape of Istria. Kamenjak is a protruding piece of land delving deep into the sea, some six kilometers long with the average width of about a kilometre. Kamenjak rugged coastline, some 30 kilometers long consist of numerous bay and various beaches forming an area of exceptional natural beauty including 11 unhabitated islands. Due to its exceptional natural values, the peninsula consisted of Upper and Lower Kamenjak was declared a protected area in 1996 and has been managed since by Public institution of Kamenjak. Lonely Planet wrote this about Cape Kamenjak in 2012: "It′s the wild rugged beauty and end-of-the-world vibe of this small peninsula just south of Pula that earned it cult status among Croatian beach goers. An undevelpoed protected nature reserve, Kamenjak showcases a carpet full of health plants, shurbs and wildflowers criss-crossed by a maze of dirt tracks running through it all. It′s fringed by a string of peeble bays and secluded rocky beaches, surrounded by crystalline blue-green sea. Its get busy in summer but there′s always an empty beach to escape to, plus a fun beach bar for socialising."
ISTRIADUCTION All Year | No Working time | Free Entrance BOLJUN is an ancient little town in the northeast of Istria, in the Lupoglav Municipality. It was built around the well-preserved medieval castle. The town has a wide view of the Boljunčica Valley and the Učka mountain range. From the 15th to the end of the 17th century this not a town, not a village place reached the peak of its development. There was a judge and town mayors, numerous altars were taken care of by fraternities, glagolithic script was used and taught. Since then, Boljun has lost its importance and life has almost stopped. However, the town has not collapsed but surprises every tourist with pleasant prospects. Church of St. Cosmas and Damian dates back to the 12th century. It can be found at the entrance into the place, beside the former main gate (destroyed after World War I to allow large vehicles entry). A Glagolithic inscription dated 1543 was built next to the wall of the sacristy. Latin inscriptions (1698 above the entrance, 1705 on the triumphal arch) give evidence of later restorations of the church. The votive altar of Gaius Valerius Priscus, a fabric
ISTRIADUCTION Saturday In June | Working time: 15-22:30h | Pay per Entrance Enjoy the photos from festival and prepare to step into a magic world of a mythical atmosphere in the medieval town of Motovun at the festival of "Veli Joze"! Giants! Mythical creatures! Fairies and elves! These are all characters who will walk through Motovun in June. Be part of this fantasy world and may your lanterns grant you your giant wishes! The Festival Big Joe/Veli Jože will transport you to a place where history and fantasy merge into a breath taking world. The festival transforms the unique town of Motovun into a mystic wonderland every first week in June. Partake of giant manestra and leave with the taste of history and tradition on your lips. Let your appetite for an authentic historical and personal experience be satisfied! The attractions at the Veli Joze Festival beguile young and old with the release of magic lanterns. MORE ISTRIAGO COLLECTIONS
ISTRIADUCTION All Year| No Working time| Free Entrance Behind seven hills, in the deepest inland of Istra, half way between Pazin and Buzet suddenly emerges - Draguć. Situated in the middle of nowhere, squeezed on the ridge of a hill, it simply allures you with its harmonious ancient perspective. Draguć as we know it today was formed around the homonymous medieval castle, which is nowadays almost completely incorporated in the architectural structure of the later periods. Mentioned in 1102 as deed of conveyance by the Istrian Margrave Ulrich to the Aquileia Patriarchs, later as part of the future Pazin County it belonged to the Counts of Gorica and finally to the Habsburgs. The town was attacked while the settlement surrounding the Castle was burnt and destroyed by both Ottomans and Venetians, and when it eventually came under the reign of Venice, – Uskoks and Austrians did the same. What wars had begun the plague continued on more occasions and in 1855 cholera put the end to it having decimated the population. That the town survived is a pure miracle just as it is the fact that so much has been preserved up to the present times.