Istria is the largest peninsula and the westernmost county of the Republic of Croatia. It is unique and magnificent, around which Adriatic sea has deeply etched itself into the land, sprinkling its jagged coastline with a thousand lagoons and islands, surrounded in the northeast by the mountains Ćićarija and Učka, with its highest peak at 1401 meters above sea level. Traces of human life in Istria date back to the prehistoric times. The first know inhabitants of Istria were the Histri, from whom Istria received its name. Numerous peoples and cultures, from Roman times to today, have left evidence of their cultures in the architecture, wall painting and in the rich church architecture. Valuable monuments of religious and secular architecture have been preserved from all periods.
Istria is spread over 2,820 square kilometers, with great diversity, from its interior with its gorgeous towns which seem to have sprouted up on the tops of the hills, fertile fields, rocky mountains, rich Mediterranean vegetation, vineyards and olive groves to the coast pounded by the clear blue sea. Discover the magic of coastal towns, listen to a fishing story and taste the tradition with a dish of sardines and a glass of local wine Malvazija.
During your stay in Mon Perin, take the opportunity and visit one of the famous tourist destinations in Istria. At a distance of only 20 to 30 minutes by car, these towns will fascinate you with their rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as give you the opportunity to get acquainted with the diversity of culture and tradition which have been present in the region of Istria up until the present day.
Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola, name given to Pula by the old Romans, has been writing its history for 3000 years. The city built at the end of a beautiful bay and on seven hills reveals many lovely and interesting stories. Today the city lives in many colours and sounds, perfectly interlacing the variegated exciting past with modern times of its inhabitants and visitors.
Owing to the legacy of the rich history and particular location, Rovinj is one of the most attractive and most beautiful towns on the Mediterranean. The city radiates with a unique beauty which attracts visitors from all over the world. Rovinj has charming stone paved streets, renaissance town walls, beautiful churches, galleries under the clear sky, many restaurants, a view on endless blue sea embellished with 22 islands. All of this represents Rovinj as an inevitable pearl to meet.
In this former Roman colony you can enjoy the sights of Romanesque architecture with beautiful Venetian gothic palaces that will make your walk a memorable experience. Its orthogonal set of streets has been completely preserved till today! During the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian, Poreč reached its highest peak. This will become obvious to you once you see the Euphrasius' basilica, a breathtaking sight. The whole edifice has been included in the UNESCO's World Heritage list.
National park Brijuni
As the only national park in Istria, Brijuni with its 14 islands covering an area of 736 square hectares presents a unique play of nature that brings together remarkable animal species and rare and rich flora all at one place. It ranks as one of the loveliest archipelagos in the Mediterranean.
Motovun is a town-monument, an ancient Istrian acropolis town located atop a 277 meter 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. Around Motovun lie vineyards from which come the renowned Istrian wines, teran and malvasia, while the Motovun forest, which extends for kilometers along the Mirna valley, is the dwelling place of the famous underground mushrooms, truffles that are extracted in this region with the help of specially trained dogs.
Hum, the smallest city in the world, home to the medicinal mistletoe grappa, today stands proudly on a hill above the source of the Mirna river. Hum is only one hundred meters long and thirty meters wide. With its eternal citadel, narrow streets and quiet churches, walls, 600-year-old stone Glagolitic graffiti and a still-alive tradition of choosing the prefect on the stone table, Hum is a portal to another ancient time of proud people and their turbulent lives.