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  • Veli Jože Days

    02.06.2017 - 03.06.2017

    Motovun-Montona

    Giants festival


    Giants festival

    Veli Jože (Big Joe) - Istria’s Giant

    Do you believe the world of fairy tales and giants doesn't exist and that it's just fantasy for little children? Visit Motovun and you will step into a wondrous dimension where giants do rule, with Veli Jože, the best known among them, in the lead.

    The Veli Jože Festival in Motovun is dedicated not only to these Istrian giants but also to all other fantasy creatures that are the result of wild imagination.  Today fantasy literature is exceptionally popular, from Harry Potter to the Twilight Saga, and it all started with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. But Istria is not far behind in this genre. On the contrary, the well-known Croatian writer Vladimir Nazor told his story about Veli Jože back in 1908.

    The Veli Jože Festival brings to Motovun the screening of fantasy films, so this is a unique opportunity to watch movies about giants, both old and new, as well as documentaries and films for children. With its well-confirmed film tradition Motovun offers special 3D effects and confrontations of giants on the big screen.

    The festival is a real family event, where everyone can find something they like.  The streets of Motovun will be teeming with entertainers and musicians. Youngsters will be able to take part in creative workshops and in performances, while grown-ups can enjoy theatrical performances in the late hours of the night. The Old Crafts and Trades Fair, as well as eating establishments, will be offering XXL-sized products, giving visitors a chance to try giant-sized cheese, mortadella, pizza or numerous other gigantic morsels.

    » FB: Days of the Giant Veli Joze Motovun

    Info:

    TZ Motovun & Illustris travel DMC
    Trg Andrea Antico 1 T. +385 (0)52 681726
    info@istria-motovun.com

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  • Town of Pazin Celebration

    02.06.2017

    Pazin

    Sports, cultural and entertainment programme


    Sports, cultural and entertainment programme

    In honor of the first mentioning of the name of the town in a document issued by the king Oton in the year 983, the city of Pazin every year celebrates its day at the beginning of June. Apart from the solemn session of the city council and the assignment of annual recognitions, it is also an opportunity for the city associations to present their activity by means of expositions, concerts, demonstrative practicing and sports competitions.

    Info:

    Grad Pazin
    T. +385 (0)52 624133, GSM. (0)98 433854

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  • Kantaduri va Hum - Kantaduri come to Hum

    10.06.2017

    Hum

    Festival of a capella and vocal group


    Festival of a capella and vocal group

    A meeting will be taking place of local vocal groups, the famous Klapas in the picturesque atmosphere of the smallest town in the world, Hum, accompanied by the unusual illumination of today’s already forgotten lanterns. An old Istrian carriage serves as a makeshift stage, where the klapas will sing traditional songs of this area. As in the past, when people spontaneously gathered and sang from the heart, the klapas will once again sing the songs of their ancestors a cappella. And in order to present the traditional heritage to their guests as faithfully as possible, the singers will be wearing the traditional costumes of their grandparents.

    Hum is the ideal place for getting together and meeting the Istrian culture, whilst this event allows visitors to enjoy the beautiful melodies performed for them by a number of klapas, while comfortably accommodated on hay bales or wooden benches under a starry sky.

    Info:

    Klapa Boškarin, Dean Prodan

    dean.hum@gmail.com

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  • Town of Hum Celebration - the smallest town in the world

    10.06.2017

    Hum

    Election of the major of Hum


    Election of the major of Hum

    According to legend Hum, the medieval town also known as the smallest town in the world, was founded completely by chance. Giants that were at the time building neighboring towns in the Mirna River valley decided to use the few remaining rocks and build a miniature town.

    This little town hasn't changed much over the centuries, and it seems as if even today the narrow stone-paved streets echo the tales of ancient knights. Each year on the Day of Hum all men from the parish elect their prefect in the municipal loggia according to the old tradition, by engraving votes on the wooden stick known as ‘raboš’. The town prefect is responsible for his parish, for settling disputes among residents and imposing penalties for disorderly conduct in Hum and the surrounding villages. And then to top it all, the election is followed by a folk festival where in the untouched, wonderful surrounding there is a chance to taste both the finest traditional dishes and well-known homemade wine and brandy. Hum is also the mecca of Croatian Glagolitism where you can see the first monuments and trace the very beginnings of Croatian literacy, as well as get to know the old Croatian alphabet ‘glagoljica’.

    Info:

    Udruga Hum, TZ Grada Buzeta
    T: +385 (0)52 660 003, F: (0)52 660 001
    hum@hum.hr

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  • Istrian Maneštra Festival

    17.06.2017

    Gračišće

    Gastronomic event


    Gastronomic event

    Several times a year the main square in Gračišće becomes a stage for masters of maneštra who compete to prepare the area’s most famous spoon meal. Depending on the time of year and the availability of ingredients, maneštra has many variations and every chef combines the ingredients to his own recipe in order to make his maneštra special and different from the rest.

    Info:

    Općina Gračišće
    T. +385 (0)52 687155, F. (0)52 687111
    opcina-gracisce@pu.t-com.hr

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  • Vidova - St. Vitus' Day

    18.06.2017

    Gračišće

    Traditional religious celebration and folk festival


    Traditional religious celebration and folk festival

    For three days every year on the Feast Day of St. Vitus, Gračišće is alive with festivities that include Municipality Day, the Istrian Maneštra Festival and a traditional donkey race. Sunday is reserved for laughter and fun! You will laugh to tears watching the donkey race, the biggest attraction of St. Vitus’ Day, as the ‘jockeys’ try their best to keep their stubborn ‘steeds’ moving along the right course. St. Vitus’ Day is fun for the entire family.

    Info:

    Općina Gračišće
    T. +385 (0)52 687155, F. (0)52 687111
    opcina-gracisce@ pu.t-com.hr

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  • Bajsi u Draguću

    18.06.2017

    Draguć (Cerovlje)

    Traditional music event


    Traditional music event

    Should your explorations of Istria's villages take you to Draguć, your curiosity will surely keep you there. Draguć is the traditional site of double-bassists who meet every year at the June International Double-bass Festival to demonstrate their talent and virtuosity. During the event, the town square resounds with the sounds of double-basses played to the rhythm of the waltz and polka,  ccompanied by accordions, trumpets, clarinets, violins, harmonicas and even haircombs. Performances last until twilight, when the event ends with a joint performance of all participants. Festivities with music and dancing continue deep into the warm summer night.

    Info:

    MO Draguć, Općina Cerovlje
    T. +385 52 684 140

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  • Lavender Day

    24.06.2017

    Pekici (Svetvinčenat)


    A Mediterranean plant that has grown in Istria since times immemorial, lavender is highly appreciated for its medicinal and aromatherapeutic properties. Svetvinčenat invites you to learn more about lavender and its many products, decorations and essential oils. Lavender Day is a whole-day event. It begins with an organized tour of the lavender fields at Pekici, followed by the opening of the fair and a performance by the Svetvinčenat Cultural and Performing Society. Meet lavender growers at the presentation of products made from lavender and medicinal herbs, as well as other indigenous Istrian products. An art workshop and a terracotta workshop will be organized for children.

    Info:

    TZ Svetvinčenat
    Svetvinčenat 20 T.: +385 (0)52 560 349
    info@tz-svetvincenat.hr

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  • Medieval Nights at the Castle

    28.06.2017 - 06.09.2017

    Svetvinčenat, Kaštel Morosini-Grimani

    Kaštel Morosini-Grimani

    Historical Association Kaštel from Svetvinčenat organizes the play "Medieval nights in the castle" which will be held during the summer season.

    The shows are performed in the Morosini-Grimani Castle and last approximately 60 minutes. The program includes a knights' tournament, the burning of witches, an interesting catapult firing competition and a fire show - where knights fight with flaming torches at night.

    After the show, visitors will be able to visit the castle where the square tower particularly stands out and from which a beautiful view over the town and over the exhibition of replicas of medieval weapons in the Grimanijev tron Gallery can be seen. There will also be stands of local exhibitors with a variety of products. Visitors can perpetuate their arrival at the photo checkpoint or even try their hand at archery.

    Ticket price for adults is 80 kn and for children from 5-12 years of age is 50 kn, while children under 5 years old have free admission to the play.
    Come to the show and experience a return to the Middle Ages in one night.

    Dates od the show:
    28.06., 05.07., 12.07., 17.07., 26.07., 31.07. at 20:30
    09.08., 16.08., 23.08., 30.08. at 20:00
    06.09. at 19:30

    » Medieval Nights at the Castle
    » Virtual tour in Svetvinčent

    Info:

    Povijesna udruga Kaštel
    +385 (0)92 285 7610,+385 98 644 685
    udrugakastel2013@gmail.com

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Tourist Board is not responsable for any decision of the organizers to change the terms, participants, programmes and prices or to cancel performances

Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016 and 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

  • Best Wine Regions for Winter and Spring Travel 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.

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