Don’t miss this truly unique UNESCO weekend and discover the most valuable cultural heritage of this region. Take a walk through Poreč, with its whole old city center being a living historical monument and visit the Euphrasian Basilica, the historical monument of global significance which, in 1997, was recognized by UNESCO by including it on the list of world’s cultural heritage.

Visit the medieval town of Motovun situated on a hill, which is on the UNESCO’s waiting list. For the end of our cultural journey, we prepared for you a traditional dinner with Istrian specialties accompanied by a folklore performance where we will present you the art of singing the so-called thin and thick way – a traditional musical expression which is also on the UNESCO’s list.

Photo: Ivo Biočina, HTZ

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Enveloped by the transparent waters of the Adriatic, the peninsula of Istria will amaze you with spectacular natural scenery in constant transformation over the course of the year. Coastal villages such as Rovinj, with its simple ports, fishing boats and narrow streets, reflect the spirit of the Mediterranean, while moving inland gives way to the kind of green and fertile hues associated with the landscapes of Provence and Tuscany.

Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, plateaux, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.

As you get to know Istria you will notice more and more enchanting details: church facades and portals, tiny village alleyways with their specific architectural touches, the babble of a stream, the blossoming cherries. Everything is warm–hearted and friendly here: nature, towns and people.

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