Local Towns

Oprtalj is according to many, one of the most picturesque towns of northern Istria. Oprtalj was formerly a fort surrounded by defensive walls on which houses were built. Below Oprtalj on the valley floor next to the Mirna river, there is Livade, also known as the World's truffle centre, a special festival is organized with a contest of choosing the largest truffle from September to December.

Grožnjan is a small Istrian town of great cultural significance. During the summer months Grožnjan lives and breathes art and the labyrinth of its little streets become one great stage on which are constantly interchanging the sounds of jazz and classical music with numerous art galleries. There are many free concerts during the summer period.

In the northern part of Istria, overlooking the Mirna River valley, is probably the most famous Istrian medieval town of Motovun. Motovun hosts 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 hosts several ballooning events.