Oprtalj-Portole, situated on the hill reachable from Motovun-Montona along the narrow southward plateau is according to many, one of the most picturesque towns of the northern Istria. Oprtalj-Portole or Portole, which is its Italian name, was formerly a fort surrounded by defensive walls on which houses were built among barely protruding former town gates. In front of the gates, there is a huge Venetian loggia with the collection of stone monuments and an immediate vicinity of a plateau situated on the high fortifications offering the view all the way to the sea.

The parish church of St. George built in 1526 is ornamented with the unique bell tower which top isn't shaped as a pyramid characteristical for the Istrian bell towers but remained in its original form as a tower. When visiting Oprtalj-Portole, you can also see two small churches painted in frescoes – the small church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Rocco.

This area is famous for three more locations well-known for its sights. Below Oprtalj-Portole, next to the Mirna river, there is Livade, a world centre of truffles. In the immediate vicinity of Livade, Zrenj also called Sridone is situated, a former town of skilful and rich craftsmen such as blacksmiths, weavers, stone-masons and the birth place of St. Geronimo. Below the 85 meters high rock, on the spring of healing water of St. Stephen there is a health resort ‘Istrian Spa'.


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • 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

  • Best Beach Holiday Destination 2013

  • Istria Top Summer Food Destination 2013

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.