Our most recommended things to do in Motovun

Livade: Guided Truffle Hunting Walking Tour

Livade: Guided Truffle Hunting Walking Tour

Uncover Istria's well-kept truffle secret on this guided walking tour from Livade. Explore the Motovun forest with specially-trained dogs in search of wild truffles. Experience the local microclimate and stop to purchase a two-course meal that focuses on this Istrian delicacy.  Meet your guide in Livade and begin your hiking adventure. Greet the dogs that will assist in your hunt. Soak up the forest as you make your way through dense woods that are home to wild game. Look under the damp soil of the Motovun forest for black truffles.  Learn about truffles, the forest, and how the truffle hunting dogs are trained. Follow the local truffle hunter, Nikola Tarandek, who was featured in the New York Time’s article, “Truffles in Paradise. (And It’s Not Italy.)”  After your hunt, stop at a local restaurant to buy a two-course meal that emphasizes truffles. Savor fresh local flavors before returning to your meeting point in Livade. 

From Rovinj: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Truffle tasting

From Rovinj: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Truffle tasting

Discover the wonders of Istria County on this multi-stop, guided tour from your choice of meeting point in Rovinj. Blend into local life as you explore the towns of Poreč, Grožnjan, and the famous Motovun. Enjoy a tasting of the local culinary specialty truffles. The first stop is in Poreč. Here, you can see golden early-Christian mosaics at the Euphresian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site (not included). After a walking tour of Poreč, head to Grožnjan, a village that was abandoned entirely after World War II and has since been revitalized with the help of artists from all around Yugoslavia. Romantic stone-cobbled alleys and colorful workshops around every corner make the tiny town of Grožnjan a must-see location in Istria. Afterward, continue to Motovun, the mightiest hilltop town in Istria. Once in Motovun, try the most expensive mushroom in the world during a truffle product tasting. Walk the panoramic city walls (not included) and admire Istria in all of its glory. You'll return to Rovinj in the late afternoon.

Istria: Guided Tour of Inner Istria with Food Tasting

Istria: Guided Tour of Inner Istria with Food Tasting

Discover some of Istria's most spectacular landscapes and idyllic locations on a guided tour of the peninsula. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle and learn about Istria's history from your knowledgeable guide. Start your day with a convenient pickup from a range of locations and get ready to see the best of what Istria has to offer. Your first stop, Lim Fjord on the western coast of Istria. Stop to take photos and capture the beauty of this striking landscape before moving on to your next destination, Groznjan. Join your driver and guide on a walking tour of this small medieval jewel known as the artist village. See the old town and wander down the romantic alleys lined with rustic cafes and konobas, the Dalmatian word for taverns. Hop back into your vehicle and head to Motovun, a scenic hilltop town dominated by Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Enjoy a tasting of some local products before joining your guide on a walking tour of the town and the ancient city walls. Make the most of some free time after the tour and sit down for lunch at one of the local restaurants. The Motovun forest is packed with truffles, making this town one of the best places to get your truffle fix. The last stop on your tour of the Istrian Peninsula is Pazin, where you'll visit the Pazin Abyss, an extraordinary natural attraction that has been declared a protected area. Enjoy a short stop here before heading back to your original starting point.

From Pula/Medulin: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Truffle tasting

From Pula/Medulin: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Truffle tasting

Discover the wonders of Istria County on this multi-stop, guided tour from your choice of meeting point in Rovinj. Blend into local life as you explore the towns of Poreč, Grožnjan, and the famous Motovun. Enjoy a tasting of the local culinary specialty truffles. The first stop is in Poreč. Here, you can see golden early-Christian mosaics at the Euphresian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site (not included). After a walking tour of Poreč, head to Grožnjan, a village that was abandoned entirely after World War II and has since been revitalized with the help of artists from all around Yugoslavia. Romantic stone-cobbled alleys and colorful workshops around every corner make the tiny town of Grožnjan a must-see location in Istria. Afterward, continue to Motovun, the mightiest hilltop town in Istria. Once in Motovun, try the most expensive mushroom in the world during a truffle product tasting. Walk the panoramic city walls (not included) and admire Istria in all of its glory. You'll return to Rovinj in the late afternoon.

Trieste: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Trieste: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages: Hum, the smallest town in the world; Motovun, the most famous medieval town of Istria; and Grožnjan, the town of artists and music, where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades.

Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Hum is situated in the center of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely welcoming to visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria including the wonderful hill towns of Motovun, Roc, and Bale. Despite the small number of residents, Hum has preserved the ritual of Election of the Prefect for a Year. All the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (Town Hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, Hum has recently become popular for Biska, which a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating in Hum. Every year, at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here and hosts brandy producers from all over Istria.  In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria, Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic, has a crown that is crenulated and dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th-century parish church. In the center square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building when it was built. Many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for finding truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus that grows underground. These white truffles of Istria, which are in season from September to December, are said to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides and Istria’s finest wines including the red Teran and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants serving konobe. The city of Labin is an old medieval town located on a 320-meter hill with the new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artists. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova, there is the Sculpture Par where International Sculptors Symposium have taken place for the past 40 years. In the summer, the old center is taken over by the Art Republic, which is a combination of music, performance, and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor, built in 1587, lead to the old town. There is also a 17th-century tower in the town offering a magnificent view. 

Motovun: The trail of Giants hiking tour & Fritule Tasting

Motovun: The trail of Giants hiking tour & Fritule Tasting

Explore the road of giants, climb the medieval city of Motovun and learn about the legendary giant Veli Jože. You will also taste our traditional mini donuts “Fritule”. This tour will take you through vineyards and woods all the way up to the cobblestone streets of Motovun. This accessible adventure is designed to show you Motovun in a different light. Combining nature and tradition with the beautiful streets of Motovun to give you an experience that is often missing from traditional tours.

Ljubljana: Guided Truffle Hunting Tour with Hotel Transfers

Ljubljana: Guided Truffle Hunting Tour with Hotel Transfers

Experience a day trip from Ljubljana to Croatia's countryside with this unique truffle hunting in the hills of Istria. Head into the woods with a local Hunter and learn how trained truffle dogs sniff out these precious tubers from under the forest floor and dig up white and black truffles. You are also welcome to taste truffle dishes with local red and white wines. Meet with a local family of truffle hunter in the Motovun and Stroll through the woods with the trained truffle dogs. You will also learn about how white and black truffles grow.

From Poreč: Mountain Učka, Opatija & Buzet, day trip

From Poreč: Mountain Učka, Opatija & Buzet, day trip

Day tour starts at our pickup location in Poreč. You'll be taken to Nature Park Učka with a magnificent view from the 1394m mountain to Istria and Kvarner Bay. After exploring Mountain Učka with a Guide we make a short stop for a Snack, Break, and aperitif tasting. Then we will take you to the famous Opatija, named the pearl of Adriatic. There you can enjoy the streets, food, and beautiful lungo-mare. We are continuing our trip to the Istrian town of Buzet. There you will be visiting a local farm "Majcani" with homemade cheese, wine, and olive oil. Our trip ends with the drop-offs to pickup points in Poreč.

Private tour: From Opatija: Luxury Wine Tasting

Private tour: From Opatija: Luxury Wine Tasting

Treat yourself to a luxury wine tasting tour and visit two premium wineries in Istria. Enjoy wine tastings, traditional bites, and a visit to Motovun or Grožnjan. Istria, a picturesque region in Croatia, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and, of course, its exceptional wines. A luxury wine tasting tour in Istria offers a delightful blend of history, tradition, and indulgence. The tour typically starts with visits to renowned wineries like Roxanich and Kabola, both of which have garnered international acclaim for their exceptional wines. Roxanich Winery is known for its focus on natural winemaking techniques and its dedication to preserving the unique terroir of Istria. Kabola Winery, on the other hand, is celebrated for its innovative approach to winemaking and its commitment to sustainable practices. During the tour, visitors have the opportunity to indulge in wine tastings, where they can savor a selection of premium wines crafted from indigenous Istrian grape varieties such as Malvasia, Teran, and Refošk. Each sip offers a glimpse into the region's terroir, with its distinctive soils and microclimates lending a unique character to the wines. To complement the wine tastings, guests are treated to traditional Istrian bites, allowing them to experience the region's rich culinary heritage. From artisanal cheeses and cured meats to olive oils and truffle-infused delicacies, each bite is a celebration of Istria's gastronomic delights. In addition to exploring the wineries, the tour also offers the opportunity to visit charming towns like Motovun or Grožnjan. Perched on top of hills with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, these medieval towns are steeped in history and offer a glimpse into Istria's rich cultural tapestry.

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What people are saying about Motovun

Overall rating

4.8
(25 reviews)

Interesting and wonderful trip- guide was very flexible when we asked if we could go somewhere not in original Itinerary. Good pace, great lunch recommendation.

Denis is really a good guide !! Only problem was the time in the city I would have liked to pass more time . But it was more a group issue than from the guide

We had such a wonderful day! So many beautiful places, such amazing food. Highlight of our Istria vacation.

Very good tour! We were able to try different kind of white and black truffles and was amazing!

Sini was great! Thanks to him, we had an enjoyable day learning about Istria.