Barban

Barban is a small historical village situated on the plateau separating the Labin from Pula-Pola area. Ancient Romans used to live in the prehistoric hill-fort. Throughout history Barban had a strategical position dominating the high ground and controlling the valley and the bridge on the Raša river.

Gradually, the village developed into the fortified castle with round and square towers, defensive walls and big and small town gates as well as the citadel. In 1535 it was bought from the counts of Pazin-Pisino by the Venetian noble family Loredans whose members, although living in Barban only temporary and represented by the captain, pulled it down and built the palace and the parish church of St. Nicholas. In front of the big town gates there is a small stony church of St. Anthony the Monk from the 15th century which interior is covered with frescoes.

The most renowned historical person of Barban is a canon Pietro Stancovich (1771-1852), the author of the book 'Biographies of distinguished Istrians' where he immortalized 478 Istrian leading figures.

Today Barban is well known for its knightly game Trka na prstenac (the race for the ring), the feast of wine and the fig festival.

Praises from abroad to Istria

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Producing Region

  • 20 Best World Destionations 10 Best Summer Trips

  • Best of Europe: Top 15 Food & Wine Destionations

  • Best Life Changing Trips

  • Top 10 Off the Path Wine Regions

  • Best Wine Regions for Winter and Spring Travel 2014

  • Destionation Award 2013 Beach Holidays

The reputation of Istria has continues in 2014, as one of the world's top destinations after receiving numerous awards from leading travel guides like Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler. The Istrian peninsula is further praised by most tourist guides and journalists

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