22 Feb
villages in Istria

Three authentic villages in Istria

The beauty of Istria, like Croatia in general, is no matter how well you may think you know it, there will always be an undiscovered treasure hidden amid the stunning emerald landscapes.

villages in Istria

These treasures come in many different guises, but perhaps the most frequently undiscovered gems you can stumble across whilst travelling in Istria, are the many delightful hilltop towns and villages in Istria, which possess a hove of treasures just crying out to be exposed.

If you are planning a trip to Istria then be sure to look out for the following three authentic villages in Istria that are well and truly away from the tourist trial.


This tiny Istrian village is situated very close to the Italian border and as a consequence variations of Venetian dialects are spoken here. Being cited as a ‘small town of art’, one of Groznjan’s greatest ‘treasures’ is its international Cultural Centre, which is a mecca for young artists and musicians. This pretty and interesting village first appears in the history books in the 13th century, and its turbulent history falling in and out of Venetian rule, being under Nazi rule, before finally becoming part of Croatia in 1993, Groznjan’s architecture, art and even cuisine, is an interesting dialectic mix of cultures.


Located in central Istria, Pazin has a population of less than 5300 and is surrounded by a landscape of transcendent natural beauty. Although Pazin dates back as far as 983, the current village was built around Fort Kastel, which has been a museum since World War II. As well as learning about the enthralling history of this tiny village, visitors are equally as beguiled by the views encompassing Pazin, which are dominated by the Pazin Chasm, which stands imperiously aloft at 100 metres high. Naturally the area is a magnet for cycling, walking, mountaineering, fishing and horse riding, or for the those yearning a more ‘lethargic’ break, simply relaxing and taking in those ‘to die for’ views.


Situated at the south end of the Istrian peninsula, Medulin blends lush and fertile landscapes with a bathing nirvana. Being home to more than 2500 residents, Medulin could be referred to as a town rather than a village, yet its comparatively bigger size does not threaten its ability to charm and mesmerize its visitors. As well as boasting a lengthy and remarkable history, the town could be described as a ‘foodie’s’ haven, with more than 40 restaurants to choose from, all serving only the freshest and finest local dishes.