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Location of Klarici
Great Things to Do Near Klarici
well make a visit to nearby Zavrsje which has its own leaning tower! The belfry here, 22 metres high, has an inclination of 40 centimetres. Now sparsely populated, double walls with 2 gates surrounded the town and these are still partly evident.
Pay a Visit to the Gradski Muzej (Town Museum) at Umag
Here, within the town's fortress, you can see Roman archaeological objects such as vessels, pots and lamps. The premises also house a contemporary art museum. (Tel. 052 720 385 and open 1000-1200 & 1900-2200 except Monday).
For an Insight into a Typical Istrian House
and to see a collection of typical Istrian crafts, visit the Etnografska zbirka (Ethnographic Museum) in Buje (tel. 052 773 075 and open 0900-1200 & 1700-2000 except Monday).
Zavicajni Muzej Buzet (Buzet Regional Museum)
Featuring archaeological, historical and ethnographical items from the entire Buzet region. (Tel. 052 662 792, check for opening days/times).Incidentally, there are two market days each month in Buzet: the first Friday and the third Thursday.
The Glagolitic Script was the First Slavic Alphabet,
which was used for many years in Croatia. The so-called Glagolitic Alley is a 7 kilometre stretch between Roc and Hum where 10 monuments have been erected in recent years dedicated to this script and commemorating many Istrian Glagolitic scholars.
Go to Market at Motovun
There is no better way to experience Istrian daily life first hand than with a visit to the market. Motovun's is held on the third Monday of every month and sells fresh fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs along with local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Whilst there, take a Walk Around the Town Walls
and wonder at the fabulous views. The forest land you see in the Mirna Valley is rich in truffles, a revered delicacy in Istria. Motovun's insignia, the propellor, was invented by one of its sons, Josef Ressel.
Pay a Visit to Savudrija on the Far Northwest Coast of Istria
Here you will see the tallest lighthouse on the Adriatic. Built in 1818, it has been beautifully preserved and is still operating today. The locals also maintain an old tradition of keeping their fishing boats hung on wooden constructions on the beach.
Panoramic Flights From Vrsar
Vrsar Tourist Airport offers a 30-minute sightseeing tour of the Istrian coast by plane, taking in Vrsar, Rovinj, Porec and Novigrad. The airport is situated just south of the town, close to the Limski Kanal. Maximum 3 people, cost 800 kuna (approx £80). Tel. 091 5009 808.
Go to Hell!
Or, more accurately, visit Pazin Castle, a 16th century structure standing on the remains of its 10th century predecessor. It overhangs a gorge into which the River Fojba disappears, supposedly the inspiration for Dante's description of the Gateway to Hell in his Inferno as well as a major scene from Jules Verne's 1885 novel Mathias Sandorf.
Ever Been Potholing?
You can do this at the Jama Baredine (Baredine Cave), found just north of Nova Vas, halfway between Visnjan and Porec. Declared a natural park in the 1980's, it has been open to the public since 1995. Formed over thousands of years, it's a treasure chest of stalagmites and stalactites, spread over 5 caverns with underground lakes. The less adventurous can take the 40 minute escorted tour, followed by a coffee on the terrace or a picnic in the grounds. (Tel. 052 421 333 and open 1000-1600).
Take a Drive on Road Number 64, Specifically the Stretch Between the Villages of Gracisce and Pican
From these two vantage points, absorb the unique panorama of the valley from which Mount Ucka, the highest peak in Istria, rises (to 1,396 metres).
Gracisce is a Charming Hilltop Village Offering Magnificent Views
Wander around its largely deserted lanes and look for the Romanesque gates set in the town walls and, just inside, its loggia dating from 1549. Nearby is the church of Sveta Marija, a square structure with portico and belltower and frescoed walls inside. Notable amongst the other churches is that of Sveta Eufemija with its 14th century crucifix, though largely rebuilt in the 1500's. Look for the Masonic headstones with their 'secret' symbols some, intriguingly, with British names.
The Little Walled Town of Pican was a Bishop's See
from the 5th to the 18th century and boasts some lovely medieval buildings.
Go Ride a Bike!
There are a number of dedicated cycle trails all over Istria, enquire at your local tourist office for a map and information on bike hire locally. What better way to enjoy the scenery?
A great way to unwind! For children and adults alike! (Open 1100-0100). There is also kart-cross here with a 1km track, illuminated at night, with water sprinklers! Take the main road north out of Porec towards Novigrad and you'll see the venue on your right. www.kart-cross.net, tel. 052 622 632.
Get a Ticket to Ride on the Yellow Submarine!
The Yellow Submarine is a boat, purpose-built for underwater sightseeing. Departures from Porec take you on a 90 minute cruise through clear Adriatic waters to view the sea life and underwater flora from a specially constructed viewing deck below the water line.Tel. 098 229 573.
Fancy Purchasing Some Local Fresh Olive Oil?
From Oprtalj, take the road to Motovun but turn left shortly after leaving Oprtalj signposted Bencani and Ipsi. When you reach Ipsi, look for Claudio Ipsa on the right hand side - this is the name of the olive oil producer. A very personal service awaits you to help you choose your olive oil, truffle products are also on sale. Tel. 052 644 216.
Visit Another Country - Slovenia!
Istria's northern border is with Slovenia. From Buje in northern Istria, either take the road into Slovenia via the border point at Kastel or cross the border at Plovanija-Secovlje. From here you might like to explore some of Slovenia's pretty coastal towns such as Koper, Izola, Piran or Portoroz, all within 30 minutes of the border. You'll need your passports and some euros. If you picked your hire car up in Croatia, please check with your supplier that you can cross the border with it.
Visit Nearby Oprtalj,
an impressive medieval hilltop town of narrow cobbled streets, a loggia, small piazzas and buildings in baroque and gothic style. This truly is an atmospheric spot!