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Motovun Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 162 photos

Motovun [or Montona in Italian] is a small town situated on a hill in the central part of Croatia's biggest peninsula - Istria. It's only one of the numerous places like itself, but it got me with its charm - what can I say... I just hope I'll manage to make you love it too...

I've been returning there for the last couple of years [as many others] for several different reasons:

- wine is a big part of Istria - some of the best cellars in Croatia are situated & some of the best wines come from there. Families in Istria have been traditionally making wine for centuries now, so when you see a family name, you already know how the wine is! I've tried some great wines there & I think I grew a bit of a taste there, hehe! :)

- a lot of (young) people go there for the Film Festival, which is usually held around the beginning of Aug. I've never had the chance to go there actually, because I always end up being somewhere else at the time, but I've heard it's a great experience! Camping under the hill, hanging around with people, drinking wine, of course & watching great films in the evening... I'm definitely gonna have to go there one day!

- the scenery in & around Motovun is absolutely fabulous! I just couldn't stop taking photos - thank God I had a lot of memory on my memory card! :)

- interesting history & architecture which don't make Motovun a dull little village in the middle of nowhere - on the contrary! :)

There are a lot of things to see there, so I always try to talk people into going there! So, if you're fed up with touristy places, beaches full of kids & crowded clubs, go there! :)

I've been to Motovun a couple of times, since we do quite a lot of field work there. This last time I had a great opportunity to take part in a seminar about shamanism, which was really interesting! Since I'm studying Cultural anthropology (besides Linguistics & Scandinavistics), it was interesting to talk about that subject, especially because Istria is such a rich area when it comes to that. People still believe in witches & the great thing is no one is ashamed to talk about it! It's definitely a great place for field work...

We were situated in a house owned by the university right at the Main square, so we didn't have to bother with the everyday climbing up the narrow city streets.

The great thing about Motovun is that it's situated on a hill, so if the timing is right & the weather is nice, you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful surroundings - numerous other small hills, foggy valley & the river at sunset. If you're up really early, you might experience something really unique! Sitting in a bar, sipping coffee, watching the fog lifting up & showing you the beauty of the valley with other small towns floating on the white sea...

Our last field work was also very interesting [and we're gonna go again soon], but until then, read about it my Travelogue...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, cozy & just magical!
  • Cons:Can get really crowded during summer months!
  • In a nutshell:Don't miss it, please!
  • Last visit to Motovun: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    What a beautiful picture!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Never heard of the place. Looks nice, thanks for sharing.

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Your page is terrific...as are your pictures. Carol & I have rented a cottage in Motovun for a week at the end of September. We are very excited to be visiting this beautiful area and now besides looking for truffles and can look for witches ;-) Thx...Tom

  • ivanab's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2006 at 2:44 AM

    you should really come to the festival next year...only after that experience, you can say you really saw Motovun :-))

  • chodearm's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2005 at 12:48 PM

    Your pages are filled with places I ain't ever heard of.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2004 at 9:50 PM

    I am back from Motovun and should soon build a page but the weather was not perfect and I will have to make another visit to improve my page !

  • Sep 8, 2004 at 1:42 PM

    Exactly the atmosphere i'd be looking for.. it reminded me of Armenia somehow.. :-)).. great photos and tips :-)

  • Sep 7, 2004 at 11:16 AM

    And when was the church built? Haha - just kiddin'. Everyone has its own style, I think you manage to capture the atmosphere of the place very well. Great flower pots photo, btw.

  • jenniferchin's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2004 at 6:03 PM

    A very interesting & pretty town !! I like :-)

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2004 at 6:15 AM

    Since a long time I wish to go to Motovun. Maybe one day I will go there.


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