Motovun Travel Guide

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    panoramic picture taken from Zavrsje
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    story of town on a hill
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Motovun Things to Do

  • A stroll on the ramparts

    We also made a stroll on the ramparts of this town. Be sure to make this walk, our you'll miss the beautiful panoramas that make this such an interesting place!

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  • Sv. Stjepan

    Saints and dragon. Decoration on the roof of St. Stephan's Church (Sv. Stjepan). And a statue of St. Mary, crowned, with her child.

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  • Town gate

    Town gate of Motovun. On one side it borders on a cliff, as you can see in the picture. No need for a town wall on that side.... You will also find antique stones and various inscriptions here. And of course a Venetian lion.

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  • street scene

    This is a typical street in Motovun. Since the whole town is on a hill, it is a little excercise to go up there every day. But the view and the atmosphere of the town are difinitely worth it. If you want to see real Motovun, don't come in the time of the Film Festival, since it's crowded then. The best time to visit is in the spring or fall...when...

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  • take a walk and enjoy

    This is just one of the old and most romantic houses you can see in Motovun. Wherever you go in this little city, there is a feeling of old times right there...the calmness is in the air - little hills and vineyards all around you make Motovun an ideal hideaway. No wonder this part of Istria is called ''a little Tuscany''. It's wine, truffels and...

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  • closer to the evening

    This is Motovun during the Film Festival. All of the day the town is full of people- drinking first cup of coffie in the morning on the sunny terrace, catching few early afternoon movies, then going for a light lunch, maybe a short drive to the coast and taking a swim in the sea, and preparing for movies and parties till the morning.

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  • in town

    An ideal example of untouched beauty. This picture is taken during a warm summer day, when everything and everyone seemed to be asleep.

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  • the view

    Just one of the views from the city walls. Romantic and peacefull, it always makes me wish to come back...

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  • The Main Square

    The parish church, St. Stjepan (St. Steven), the construction of which began in the early 17th century carries late Renaissance markings. The painting of the Last Supper in the sanctuary is attributed to Stefano Celesti (17th cent.); the marble statues at the main altar are the work of Francesco Bonazza from 1725; the Baroque carved chair (17th...

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Motovun Hotels

  • Kastel Hotel

    Very satisfied with the service. Stayed in the green room (3 nights) which is by far the nicest room...

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Motovun Restaurants

  • Fast food

    Quick service and tasty food, soft drinks. Roofed terrace. Easily accessible, located directly on the side of the road, good view of the valleys. As you can see in one of the pictures, I feasted on a giant slice of toasted bread with lettuce and tomatoes. Could easily be characterised as a ploughman's lunch.

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  • Don't miss the truffles

    If you like truffle you should try this restaurant, sallads with truffles, pasta with truffles, meat, fish with truffles...very good

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  • slow food on artistic level

    Small charming restaurant and wine bar just before the main city gate in the uppertown on the left hand side. The menu is creatively using local recipes and ingredients and this chef is cooking on a astonishing level. It turned out that he cooked in italy , france and ireland before and is some local tv chef in croatia. a good mix of fresh seafood,...

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Motovun Nightlife

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    There is not nightlife in Motovun.
    The only time when you can actually party is during the film festival...and you can party hard! There is a stage with live music every night (featuring different bands from brass to swing and rock)....and also techno/house parties outside, dance, etc.

    Dress Code: Funky! Funky!

    My sister and I in Motovun

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Motovun Transportation

  • How to get there ?

    It would be very difficult and time consuming to rely on public transport to travel in this area, though possible. The car is undoubtedly the best choice.Riding a bicycle is another possibility. The traffic is not too heavy on the roads around Motovun, but the road is steep to get into the city (hill top city!). However, one great advantage of a...

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  • How to get here....?!

    OK, there are 2 ways to get to Motovun (unless coming from the North), and they are 1.) via VIZINADA - this is the 'easy' way. The road is newer, the cars much faster, it is scenic except you will not get a view of Motovun, and it is a little bit longer but probably a little bit faster as well, so if you have a nice car and want to keep it that way...

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Motovun Shopping

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    The shop is located on the beautiful small square which is situated outside the upper part of the town.

    What to buy: Here you can buy a world wide famous truffel mushrooms from Istria. Many says the Istrian truffels are the best in quality in whole the world.

    What to pay: In terms of normal food prices, the truffels are very expensive.

    Barbacan truffels shop
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Motovun Local Customs

  • The laundry day

    The population of the village itself is 531, with a total of 983 residents in the municipality (2001). It is situated on a hill 270 meters above sea level. On top of a Motovun hill is probably the most beautiful medieval town in Istria, but houses are scaterred all over the hill. On the slopes of the hill grapes for famous Istrian wines are grown....

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  • The cistern

    Settlement in the central region of the Istrian Peninsula on the south side of the Mirna River Valley. Economy is based on agriculture, wine and ranching. The oldest core of the town is belted with well preserved city walls from the 13th and 14th century, and today serve as a promenade. Within the core are several Romantic and Gothic houses. The...

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  • Motovun Old People's Home

    I was sure this was some kind of park with views of the valley below, only later I realised it was Motovun old people's home.

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Motovun Warnings and Dangers

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    by Anita_Porec Updated Sep 1, 2002

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    If it rains while you are there - please watch your neck! It is slippery and very very bad for walking up and down the streets of Motovun.

    Street of Motovun

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Motovun What to Pack

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    by Anita_Porec Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are hanging around for the Film Festival...wear whatever. If you are in Motovun for the walking and sightseeing - take some super comfortable shoes!! You will walk, walk, walk...and walk in Motovun!
    (for the film festival, there is a bus runnung up and dow the hill of Motovun, and you will not be able to sightsee much since it will be packed)

    Photo Equipment: PLEASE!! If you like taking pictures - you will love Motovun!!! Take lots of film (and batteries) and ask the locals if you'd like to reach some hard to get places to take pictures from.

    Miscellaneous: water!

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Motovun Off The Beaten Path

  • The old mulberry-tree

    The is an old mulberry-tree in the courtyard of the hotel Kaštel, worth of seeing. The tree is several hundreds of years old and still fruitful. Since it is very bifurcated, it trunk had to be bandaged with the still ropes.

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  • Beware !

    Nowadays, "beware school" road signs are somehow standardized and not very different from one country to the other. I collect pictures of these signs and look especially for the older ones that has been forgotten and not removed. This one was still in lower Motovun in October 2004. It looks more like a prison warning sign that a school sign !

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  • Workshop

    Ìn the old town of Motovun, I spotted this workshop where 20-30 women were sewing. I have not found any sign that gave the name of the workshop or of the company and that said what they were doing. I took this picture across the window and fortunately it is not too bad. Next time I go to Motovun, I will try to know more on that workshop.

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Motovun Favorites

  • The Main Gate

    This is the look of the rear side of the main gate. The second gate on the right lead to the upper walls of the town.On this picture you can recognize some of the VTers; Nykaenen, JLBG, KristaB, FRONA and their members of the family. It is the scene when we all are leaving Motovun.

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  • The passageway of the main gate

    The passageway of the main gate is decorated with the founds from the medieval times of Motovun. Besides the inevitable collection of winged Venetian lions, here you can see coat of arms of noble families from the town and its surroundings. Also, there are a few basreliefs of the medieval tombs.

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  • The oldest core of the town

    Most of the medieval towns have had double row of the defending walls. This is the point from where the final defending battle have started.The main gate of the town is carved by the Venetian lion because, in the medieval times, town itself was conquored by the Venetian Republic.

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The Loggia
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Cinema festival
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Sveti Stevan
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More lion
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Winged lion !
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Istriot sign ?
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Entrance into Motovun
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Motovun seen from the plain
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A View from the Walls
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Venetian Lion
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The stone houses
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Another church
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...and around it.
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Truffles!
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