Višnjan-Visignano, Zvjezdarnica Tičan (Astronomical observatory)
Zvjezdarnica Tičan (Astronomical observatory)

Festival for the Summer Solstice

Astrofest, a summer solstice festival that brings together astronomy enthusiasts who love its mystical history as well as the ethno and modern music and rhythms, will take place during the night from 21st to 22nd June in Tičan, close to Višnjan.

The summer solstice is associated with a number of customs, beliefs and legends that are particularly important for the ancient peoples of the European continent. During the shortest night of the year, the festival's visitors return to the past with a solemn celebration, seeing off the Sun, and then stay awake to await its re-emergence, in honour of the ancient civilisations of the northern hemisphere who once considered the Sun a symbol of life.

Visit Višnjan on the shortest night of the year, on the night when, according to myths and legends, real and surreal worlds collide, whilst the Earth is visited by fairies, elves and supernatural beings, bringing with it a touch of the mystical and magical...


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.