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Motovun and the surrounding area

Since the prehistoric times Motovun-Montona has been dominating its wider surroundings. According to recent researches of the New Age scientists, Motovun-Montona owes this status to its position on the crossroads of Earth's energetic meridians or the so called ''Dragon's furrows''. These meridians transmit Earth's positive life energy and in the places they intersect, as in the case of Motovun, a powerful source of energy is created - the ''breathing orifice'' of the planet Earth.

Motovun-Montona is especially attractive due to its medieval town walls that surround the town in a ring-like manner and the view of the vineyards and the Motovun Park Forest. The tourist and gastronomic offer turned Motovun-Montona into one of the most popular excursion destinations of the tourists who spend their holidays on the west and east coast of Istria.

The area around the town can be seen while walking the Motovun Park Forest in search of the gastronomic specialty - the truffle, while visiting the vineyards of teran, pinot, malvasia on the south-western slopes, while hunting or cycling. Since 1903, in the part of the town called Kanal every third Monday since 1903 a cattle fair is held. One of the legends related to Motovun is the one about Veli Jože (Big Jože), based on it Vladimir Nazor wrote the short story of the same name.

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Motovun-Montona

In the northern part of Istria, overlooking the Mirna River valley, lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun-Montona. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior.

The Romanesque-Gothic bell tower with a crenulated crown from the 13th century, standing next to the Parish Church of St. Stephen from the 17th century, dominates the town's historic core. In the central square is the Romanesque Municipal Palace, the largest secular building in Istria of that period surrounded by many other historic buildings. As Motovun-Montona has long since been an attractive and popular tourist destination accommodation is offered in the town centre, in hotel Kaštel situated in the restored palace of the Polesini family.

Motovun-Montona is the perfect venue for a large number of events, the most significant among them being the International Motovun Film Festival that takes place at the end of July where world-known film artists may be seen. Motovun is also interesting for ballooning lovers, its favourable microclimate enables flying in balloons all year round, so that Motovun-Montona hosts several ballooning events.

Motovun Forest which stretches along the Mirna River valley is especially rich in truffles, the underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. Istrian white truffles, whose season lasts from September to December are said to be as good as the finest Italian and French truffles.

Opposite Motovun-Montona stands the charming picturesque town of Oprtalj-Portole, as well as Livade, famous for the Days of Truffles held every year from September to November. Every year in Livade, also known as the World's truffle centre, a special festival is organized with a contest of choosing the largest truffle.

Motovun-Montona is surrounded by vineyards from which the finest Istrian wines, white wine Malvasia and red wine Teran, are produced. The entire area is dotted with excellent local ‘konobe’ and restaurants.

In close vicinity is also Istarske toplice, thermal spa with curative water.

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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
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  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

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

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