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Motovun Travel Guide

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Famous for many things, the hillside town of Motovun continues to entice visitors to its coordinates with a pleasant mix of old and new. There are gravestones from the first century, Venetian ramparts from the 14th century surrounding the old town, and a beautiful Venetian Renaissance church. A legendary gentle giant from Motovun represents the Croatian people in a favorite folktale. Surrounding vineyards produce well-crafted local wines. The vineyards are fabulous reasons to climb the hillside to Motovun, but they are eclipsed each July as the annual film festival gathers crowds inside the ancient walls to view creative works by European and American filmmakers. A delightful destination, imagine the Andretti brothers, Mario and Aldo, as young boys racing their hand-built wooden cars through Motovun's narrow, winding streets.



Where is Motovun?

Motovun is a small town in central Istria with a population of less than 1,000.



Motovun Tourist Board

Trg Andrea Antico 1, Motovun
+385 (0)52 681 726 



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Attractions and Activities in Motovun

1. Motovun Film Festival: Famous movie festival with many famous stars
2. Paragliding Tandem: Paragliding flight in Motovun will take you over this magical old town
3. Ancient City: Many attractions with stunning views
4. Ancient Town Walls: Ancient walls mark the outer border of this hill town 
5. Church of the Virgin Mary: Known by a wooden Renaissance gold plated alter from 16th century
6. Parenzana Train: Former train rail running from Treiste to Porec; today this is a bike and walking path; small tourist train runs from Motovun to Vizinada (area of Porec)
7. Bell Tower: 27-meter bell tower from the 13th century
8. Golf course: Just beneath the picturesque medieval town of Motovun in the valley of the river Mirna
9. Ancient Well: Historical monument of the past centuries
10. Fruit Fest: Autumn festival of fruit taking place in middle October




Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Motovun

1. Restaurant Toni: Croatian cuisine; Brkac 26A, Motovun; www.tz-motovun.hr 
2. Konoba Mondo: Croatian/Mediterranean cuisine; Barbacan 1, Motovun; www.istra.net 
3. Restaurant Pod Napun: Croatian cuisine; Gradiziol 33, Motovun; www.antique-motovun.com.hr 
4. Pod voltom: Croatian cuisine; Trg J. Ressela 6, Motovun; www.visit-istra.hr 
5. Konoba Fakin: Croatian cuisine; Trg J. Ressela 4, Motovun

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Hotels and Accommodations in Motovun

1. Le grand Cru Villa: Nice villa; 4-star; $$; Brkac 34a, Motovun; www.le-grand-cru.com 
2. Hotel Kastel: Beautiful hotel; 3-star; $$; Trg Andrea Antico 7, Motovun; www.hotel-kastel-motovun.hr 
3. Apartments Galerija Motovun: Fun apartments; 3-star; $; Borgo 11, Motovun; www.tz-motovun.hr 
4. Guesthouse Villa Marija: Double rooms; 3-star; $; Borgo 32, Motovun; www.visit-istra.hr 
5. Houses of Motovun: Rooms; 4-star; $; Gradiziol 46, Motovun; www.istriaholiday.com 

Hotel Kastel in Motovun, Istria

Camps near Motovun

Camp Motovun: Dogs allowed; Rizanske skupstine 1A , Motovun; www.motovun-camping.com 

Google Map of Recommendations for Motovun

See Best of Istria Google Map for additional recommendations of places to see and things to do in Motovun.

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Toni Krasnic

I'm the founder of the Adriatic Tourism & Real Estate Group, author of the Adriatic Road Trip Travel Guide, and author of this blog.

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