Motovun

Travel Guide Europe Croatia Istria Motovun

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Introduction

The Motovun area is abundant with natural beauties due to its biological diveristy, rich flora and fauna and good climate. Visitors are drawn to the lush green meadows and the natural habitat filled with many plants and animals. The River Mirna bisects the valley and runs through the Motovun forest, which is known for its famous inhabitants – truffles. No one should miss the spectacular view from the city walls over the Mirna valley.

The city walls protect a secret about the past, and a wonder about the future. They are mistical and unique. From the city walls there is a spectacular view over the vineyards, the Mirna valley and the St. Marco Forest, which is known as the largest natural habitat of the white truffle. On a clear day, one can see the highest Istrian mountain, Učka, as well as the sea next the City of Novigrad. The view from Motovun hill is great, but so is the sight of the picturesque houses when one is approaching the Old Town.

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Sights and Activities

  • St Stephen Church.
  • Ramparts.
  • The spectacular views from the town over the surrounding countryside.

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Events and Festivals

Festival of Teran and truffles

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Weather

Situated in inner Istria, the Motovun climate is relatively mild and free of oppressive summer heat. The month of July and August are the hottest, with a maximum air temperature of 30 °C in conditions of low humidity, while January is the coldest with an average of 5 °C. Minimum temperature during January is -1 °C. There are more than 2,200 hours of sun a year. The clearer part of the year in Motovun begins around June 13 and lasts for 3.3 months, ending around September 22. On average Motovun has 7 days with moderate rain.

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Getting There

By Plane

There are 4 airports within max 2 hours drive. 62 kilometres from Trieste (IT) Airport, 71 kilometres from Pula Airport, 104 kilometres from Rijeka Airport, 154 kilometres from Ljubljana (SI) Airport.

By Car

The town of Motovun itself is not very well accessible by car and chances are high it may be impossible to find a parking space. In return, there are large parking plots located on the bottom of the village, from where you can easily walk up the village.

By Bus

There are about 5 buses daily to Motovun from Porec. The drive takes 35 minutes but remember to plan your return carefully and check the schedule in advance.

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Eat

Although Motovun is small village with only 1,000 inhabitants, there are several restaurants. As the area of Motovun is popular for truffles, many restaurants are offering this specialty. Try restaurants Konoba Dorjana or Pod Voltom, you will enjoy pasta with truffles. For a bit more upscale offer try restaurant Zigante very known for expensive and upscale truffle dishes.

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Drink

  • Teran - authentic wine of Istria - Teran is an red, old Istrian type of wine produced from the Teran grape.The wine is characterized by a ruby-red colour, a relatively high acid content and a slightly sour finish. It is best served at room temperature.

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Sleep

Hotel Kastel is the only hotel in Motovun. Many apartments and holiday homes available

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are available in all major cities. They are relatively cheap and reliable. A free Wi-Fi signal can be found virtually in every city and can be found in cafés, restaurants, hotels, some libraries, schools, colleges etc. Mostly it's free, but sometimes a fee is required or you can use it for a limited time only. Internet connections with unlimited downloads costs 178 kn (€24) per month via T-Com and just 99 kn with some other providers like Metronet or Iskon.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Croatia is: 385. To make an international call from Croatia, the code is: 00.

Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile (also operates the Bonbon prepaid brand), Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the country's area is covered. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for 20 kn. There have been promotions in which SIM cards were given avay for free with newspapers (7 kn) and sometimes even literally handed out on the street. GSM phones bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in post offices, grocery stores and kiosks at varying prices.

An alternative to using a mobile phone is Calling Cards which can be found in postal offices and kiosks, there are two providers, Dencall and Hitme. You can buy cards from 25 kn.

Post

Hrvatska Posta is the national postal service of Croatia and has pretty fast and reliable service throughout the country and internationally. It takes several days by airmail to other countries in Europe, but over a week to the US for example. They have a direct link to the pricelist, where you can see the prices of sending postcards, letters and parcels both domestically as well as to other countries. Post boxes are yellow in Croatia and the times of collections are indicated on the box. The opening times of post offices vary, but mostly they are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and until 2:00pm on Saturdays, though some might keep shorter or even a longer hours, just ask around. You can buy stamps here, or at newsstands. Prices start at around 10Kn for sending a letter or postcard to neighbouring countries, a few more further away. If you want to send packages internationally, it might be better to check companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS. They are reliable, fast and usually not much more expensive than Croatia's postal service.

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