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So lovely and near at the same time

Istria | The way to the next vacation can sometimes be so close: Just a few hours journey time by car it takes to reach the sunny peninsula Istria in Croatia when approaching from Italy. The abundance of Mediterranean vegetation appears here particularly in form of picturesque wine hills, lush green forests and olive groves which stretch out along the turquoise coloured Mediterranean Sea. Vacationers appreciate Istria not only for its delightful landscape but also for its many great beaches which can be found here along Croatian Adriatic Coast. Particularly nice conditions for a beach vacation and at the same time a big choice of holiday apartments and houses are offered for example in Medulin which is a former fishing town on the southern tip of Istria. The blue sea and the marvellous beaches don’t only lure sun lovers and occasional swimmers: Whether windsurfing or diving – Medulin is also an ideal water sport area. Not far away from Medulin is the town of Pula. In Istria’s biggest town – and at the same time the cultural and economic centre – you can visit the gigantic amphitheatre and the well preserved Augustus Temple both dating back to the Roman era. The popular resort Poreč situated in the western part of Istria has a number of nice beaches and is also an ideal starting point of many day trips – for example to the islands of Brijuni or into the idyllic hinterland. Those who are on the search for a tan might want to pop to one of the many offshore islands that are serviced by boat shuttles where you can alternatively seek a shady place. If you are looking to cool off a visit to a nearby limestone cave Baredine could be a good option. Another great place to recharge your batteries is the charming spa resort Opatija which lies on the other side Istria on the border to Kvarner Gulf.

atraveo provides you with more than 9,500 holiday apartments and houses in Istria. Many of them are situated around the bigger towns of Pula, Poreč, Medulin, Rabac and Umag. But there are also some pretty holiday homes on offer away from the major centres. You can find more information and tips also in the holiday home selection for Istria.
 

Reviews from our customers

4.9 out of 5 (23 Customer reviews)
1 The holiday homes and apartments in in Motovun have been rated by 23 customers, scoring 4.9 out of 5 houses, on average.

Location reviews

Total rating of Motovun

4.5 out of 5 (22 Customer reviews)
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This is what holiday rental customers wrote about Motovun 

  • 5.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 11/07/2016

    “Motovun is a very interesting city with a magnificent view.”

    This review has been given for property no. 487038 The review of the location has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 4.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 06/03/2016, travel period: July 2015

    “Motovun is a watchable, historical place with lots of charm, built on a hill. Nearby there are worthwhile shopping for truffles because Motovun lies in the center of the Istrian truffle areas.”

    This review has been given for property no. 945093 The review of the location has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 4.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 26/09/2015, travel period: August 2015

    “In about 3 km there is a small supermarket which has everything you need in the short term. Larger markets (Lidl, Kaufland, Billa ect.) There is either in Pazin (20 km) or Porec (about 28 km). Restaurants and small bar's there right in town, but we were not there. In Motovun you can enjoy very tasty dishes with fresh truffles (you must try). Excursions are plentiful.
    Just outside of Porec one also comes with a dog to the sea. Conclusion: Here you can make with a dog prima holiday.”

    This review has been given for property no. 862529 The review of the location has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 5.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer has submitted the following rating
    on 06/09/2015

    highly recommended

    This review has been given for property no. 982932

  • 4.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer has submitted the following rating
    on 01/09/2015

    less recommended

    This review has been given for property no. 867512


This is how holiday rental owners described Motovun

Motovun is a medieval town that grew up on the site of an ancient city called Kastelijer. It is situated on a hill 270 metres (886 feet) above sea level with houses scattered all over the hill. On the inner walls are several coats-of-arms of different Motovun ruling families and ...
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two gravestones of Roman inhabitants (dating from the 1st century).

The river Mirna flows below the hill and on the other side of the river there is the famous Motovun forest, an area of about 10 square kilometres (4 sq mi) in the valley of the river Mirna, of which 280 hectares (690 acres) is specially protected
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source: Zlatic
Motovun events

In Motovun, throughout the year, a number of traditional local and international manifestations take place:
"Bacanje roga (throwing of the horn)" - The traditional local games "bacanje roga (throwing of the horn)" is an integral part of Lent that is Lent festivities. On “Ash Wednesday”, the day after ...
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Shrove Tuesday, men compete in throwing of wooden bats or “bačuka” as close as possible to the ox horns. It is thrown in a number of stages and "Bacanje roga" the game takes place from the top to the bottom of the Motovun hill.

"Motovun samanj" - The traditional "Motovun samanj", is an annual local feast day which celebrates the consecration of the Motovun parish church of Saint Stephan, along with numerous festive and cultural programmes it is held on the 2nd of August.

Motovun film festival- The international Motovun film festival which was founded in the year 1999, at the beginning of August gathers here up to twenty thousand film lovers. The Hotel "Kaštel" regularly plays host to festival activities, from accommodation of contestants and guests of the festival to evening festivities and night film showings on the hotel terrace.

Autumn and winter offer Motovun, inhabitants of Motovun and their guests an abundance of nature’s gifts. This is the season when the renowned white truffles are gathered from the Motovun forest and when the bounty from the Motovun vineyards is transformed into the best Istrian wines, teran and malvasia. Throughout the whole month of October, in the whole Mirna valley – in Opatija, the Istrian thermal springs, Gradinje and Motovun – the festivities of the “Days of truffles” are held. During these days it is a special experience tasting dishes made from freshly picked truffles, these noble, tasty aphrodisiac mushrooms, including many other programs. Along with the month long “Days of truffles” festivities, Motovun, in the first weekend in November, plays host to the “Festival of balloons, wine and truffles”, a manifestation whose gastronomic pleasures are enriched with an air of adventure.



An old legend states that long ago giants lived in the valley of the River Mirna. They were so big that they could, looking at the towns on the hillsides above Mirna, hand each other tools and big rocks. One of the towns that were built by the giants during this legendary time was Motovun. Many years later, when Istria was inhabited by ordinary people, the giants began to disappear. However according to legends and the stories of Vladimir Nazor the noted Motovun giant Veli Jože was so big and strong that he could shake the bell tower of the Motovun church with his bare hands.

Motovun is a town-monument, an ancient Istrian acropolis town located atop a 277 metre high hill, whose present appearance dates back to the Middle Ages, from the 12th and 13th century. Leading to the top of the hill and its Venetian town square is the longest Istrian staircase, with 1052 steps.

From the rich architectural heritage of Motovun especially noteworthy are the city gates with tower, renaissance town palace, town lodge, parish church Saint Stephan, the smaller churches of Madonna dei Servi and Madonna delle porte, the medieval lay outof the streets, town cisterns and many coats of arms on the building facades. The position and vistas of Motovun make it one of the most beautiful towns on the Mediterranean. Hotel "Kaštel" is located on the main town square, in a palace from the 18th century.

Around Motovun lie vineyards from which come the renowned Istrian wines, teran and malvasia, while the Motovun forest, which extends for kilometres along the Mirna valley, is the dwelling place of the famed underground mushrooms, truffles that are extracted in this region with the help of specially trained dogs. Summer and early autumn is the period when black truffles come to fruition, whereas the Istrian white truffles are gathered in late autumn and winter. In the month of October, in numerous places in the Mirna Valley, festivities of "The days of truffles" are held. Dishes made with these truffles are the pride of the Hotel "Kaštel" in Motovun.

Motovun has historically been the most significant inhabited locality in the surrounding area according to recent research by "New Age" scientists. The significance of this town is due to its positioning on the crossroads of the Earth's energetic meridians that is on the so called "Dragon's furrow". These meridians emanate positive Earth life energy into their surroundings and in places where these "furrows" intersect, as in the case of Motovun, strong sources of positive energy appear, they are the "breathing orifices" of the planet Earth. Such energy fields have a relaxing and calming effect on man, increasing his concentration and spirituality, offering rest and rejuvenation, are conducive to meditation and generate creativity and tolerance. This may be the reason why there are so many gatherings and social events attended by people from all over the world in Motovun.
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source: Valenta
Motovun is the most famous and best preserved Istria's medieval town. Since the town was built upon the old Celtic and Illyric prehistoric settlements, Motovun's name is in fact of Celtic origin and means "Mount Town". The name is perfectly justified, since this oval shaped hilltop town lies 277 meters ...
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above sea level.

Two sets of fortified walls divide Motovun into three sections, and the perfect way to explore them is to take a walk up the narrow cobbled streets.

Higher levels of the town uncover the magnificent view of the surrounding countryside, with vineyards on the slopes of the hill, river Mirna in the valley, and the nearby Motovun forest which is famous for its prized truffles.

The town holds elements of Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque styles, and the higher you climb, the older the monuments are. Passing by the 16th and 17th-century Venetian houses will lead you to 15th-century main city gate, with antique weaponry museum and an art museum. Moving further, you will encounter the 13th-century gate beyond which lies the original core of Motovun. The main square reveals a Renaissance citadel, the church of St. Stephen, a 13th-century bell tower and the 14th-century well.

A legend says that Motovun was built by giants, one of whom was Big Jože (Veli Jože). In the book "Veli Jože", written by Vladimir Nazor, the good giant became a symbol of the Istrian people. In 2008, a memorial to Nazor was uncovered in Motovun to mark the 100th anniversary of the book.

Motovun is a small town and its population counts approximately 500 people. This, however, changes in the mid-summer, when Motovun Film Festival gathers a lot of movie enthusiasts. This five day long festival can be described as a cross between Glastonbury and Sundance festival, and is focused on small independent movies. Festival is especially popular among youth, who enjoy camping in the valley.

A historical center as much as the cultural one, the town also hosts international symposiums on medieval art.

Soaked in history, loved by artists and admired by many visitors, Motovun is easily a true gem of inland Istria! Book Villa Marjeta as your perfect accommodation in Motovun.
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source: Tomulic

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  • Property no. 1180076
    from GBP 483
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 4 adults + 3 children

    Approx. 100 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), TV, washing machine, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 20 km
  • Property no. 982932

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 90 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, beach approx. 30 km,
    5.0 out of 5
    2 Customer reviews
  • Property no. 899344
    from GBP 512
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday apartment for max. 9 persons

    Approx. 120 m², 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 1), TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, grass beach approx. 18 km, sea approx. 20 km
  • Property no. 756934
    from GBP 827
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 150 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 1), satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 25 km, sauna,
  • Property no. 945093
    from GBP 764
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 6 adults + 2 children

    Approx. 200 m², 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 2), satellite TV, WLAN, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 22 km, ,
    5.0 out of 5
    2 Customer reviews
  • Property no. 867512
    from GBP 301
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 8 persons

    Approx. 120 m², 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 1), satellite TV, Internet, washing machine, dishwasher, beach approx. 27 km,
    5.0 out of 5
    2 Customer reviews
  • Property no. 784484
    from GBP 727
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 9 persons

    Approx. 180 m², 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets not allowed, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, dishwasher, beach approx. 40 km, ,
  • Property no. 1012667
    from GBP 1,449
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 8 persons

    Approx. 259 m², 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 1), satellite TV, Internet, washing machine, dishwasher, water approx. 4 km,
  • Property no. 487038
    from GBP 403
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 10 persons

    Approx. 130 m², 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 1), satellite TV, Internet, washing machine, dishwasher, beach approx. 19 km,
    4.2 out of 5
    5 Customer reviews
  • Property no. 986308
    from GBP 577
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 80 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), TV, Internet, WLAN, sea approx. 24 km,
  • Property no. 1148710
    from GBP 2,523
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 8 persons

    Approx. 300 m², 3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, dishwasher, beach approx. 20 km, sauna,
  • Property no. 1176703
    from GBP 1,074
    for 1 week

    Motovun, Istria (Motovun and the surrounding area)

    Holiday home for max. 6 persons

    2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, non-smoking property, beach approx. 20 km,
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