Motovun is the most popular Istrian hilltop town and it attracts visitors from all over the world. The town is located on a 280m high hill above the Mirna River. The surrounding countryside is famous for the black and white truffles that you can hunt in the local forests.
Motovun has many art galleries, souvenir shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to explore. In the summer it hosts the popular annual film festival.
The enchanting medieval town of Groznjan sits on the hilltop, 228m above sea level. From this vantage point you can feast your eyes on the Mirna Valley, and the olive groves and vineyards. You can also enjoy spectacular vistas of the sea and the coastline, from Novigrad to Umag.
The houses and buildings in Groznjan are built from stone that is different in shape and colour to the stone that is used in other regions of Istria. The town has a typical medieval layout, with houses that are built very close together for protection. The streets are cobbled and winding, with little alleys that lead you to interesting discoveries. There are also plenty of art galleries to visit in this art town. In the summer, Groznjan hosts the popular jazz festival.
The quaint fortified town of Boljun is located in Central Istria, in the valley below Mount Ucka. The town has a well-preserved historic medieval castle that offers fabulous views over the Boljuncica valley and of Ucka Mountain. Enjoy lunch in the local restaurant and savour the laidback pace of life.
Also in Central Istria is Gracisce. The medieval hilltop town has many interesting old churches and a selection of small shops, a bar and a restaurant. If you visit during Easter weekend you can enjoy the atmosphere at the popular annual Grasicse Wine Fair. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to sample the local wines.