10th Olive oil festival



A picturesque place on the southeastern Istrian hills situated on the road between Pula and Labin, which was built in the Middle Ages. Barban is full of cultural attractions as well as of an intangible cultural heritage within which the most famous is the knight's game, Trka na prstenac (an equestrian competition in which various horsemen riding at full gallop aim their lances at a hanging metal ring). Besides its rich history, this area conceals a number of other curiosities.

Olive oil, the alpha and omega of Mediterranean cuisine, got its own festival in Barban in 2009.
Olive growers exclusively from the area of Barban take part in this event and besides the tasting of extra virgin olive oils, workshops on the theme of olive growing are also organised.

The November Festival in Barban is worth a visit not only for the exhibition of souvenirs and the interesting usable items made of olive wood, but also for the works of artists who find the olive an endless source of inspiration.


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.