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Smrikve Pula Premantura
Brijuni Vodnjan Medulin
Fazana Galizana Vizace
Peroj Svetvincenat Marcana
Bale Kanfanar Mutvoran
Monkodonja Dvigrad Krnica
Rovinj Zminj Rakalj
Lim Bay Sv. Petar u Sumi Barban
Klostar Tinjan Rasa
Gradina Beram Labin
Vrsar Trviz Rabac
Funtana Gracisce Sv. Martin
Sv. Lovrec Pazin Sumber
Sv. Ivan Lindar Pican
Porec Kascerga Krsan
Mali Sv. Andjelo Zamask Klostar
Baredine Cave Motovun Kozljak
Tar Oprtalj Gologorica
Visnjan Zrenj Paz
Vizinada Zavrsje Belaj
Novigrad Grimalda Boljun
Karpinjan Draguc Lupoglav
Dajla Racice Raspor
Brtonigla Sovinjak Slum
Seget Vrh Ucka
Umag Hum Plomin
Savudrija Roc Brsec
Groznjan Buzet Moscenice
Buje Kostel Lovran
Momjan Salez Opatija
Istra Veprinac

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Istria from Smrikve:"Olive oil and wine as part of the Istrian heritage and culture"


You can enjoy Histria Festival and Film Festival in Arena of Pula, theatre under the stars on the Brioni islands, the International Film Festival in Motovun, Grisia’s art exhibition in Rovinj, popular events like: “Bartulja” in Zminj, “Jakovlje” in Kanfanar, “Trka na prstenac” in Barban, etc…

Every day you can find something that could be of interest to you and  in just few hours you can be on St. Mark’s square in Venice.

Visiting Istria, you will also inevitably visit some of the Istria’s beauty spots and protected areas. The Brioni islands are the only National Park in Istria but there are several landscape protected areas like: the Lim Bay, the pit of Pazin, the area of Gracisce-Pican, the upper and lower area of Cape Kamenjak near Premantura, the area of Ucka mountain, the surroundings of Buzet, the islands and the coastal area of Rovinj and the area between Labin and Rabac.

The Brioni islands have a very interesting story as you can discover in the Brioni islands section and should be visited if you come even for few days to Smrikve. The Lim Bay is on your way to Vrsar if you take the old road.

Rovinj is the place that should not be missed if your vacation is more than few days. It is a beautiful and romantic place. One night walk in Rovinj will remain forever in your mind.

The Cape Kamenjak, in Premantura, is an extraordinary place to enjoy the nature and the sea. It is a very special area with no buildings and a lot of green vegetation, surrounded by the crystal sea.

Gracisce deserves to be visited for the beauty of the nature but also for the Salomon palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the central Istria.

If you visit Hum, the smallest town in the World, you will find yourself in front of Ucka, the highest mountain in Istria. Pazin’s pit, the 130 metres deep abyss, inspired the French writer Jules Verne for the novel Mathias Sandorf. On your road towards any Istrian attraction described in Istria from Smrikve you will drive through the beauty of the natural protected areas.

This virtual guide Istria from Smrikve will take you into some of the most beautiful parts of Istria. It will show you some of the buildings that remind one of the old and glorious times, but will also introduce you to the current Istrian World of olive oil and wine.

Olive oil and wine are part of the culture of a particular region.

During the Roman Empire, both Istrian olive oil and wine were among the best in the whole Empire and today they are  part of the Istrian heritage.

In the last few decades Istrian people contributed to preserve this tradition and thanks to several enthusiastic family producers like: Belci family, Chiavalon family, Pastrovicchio family from Vodnjan, Istrian olive oil is still considered among the best in the World.

There are over 150 families that produce olive oil of outstanding quality and there are over 120 families that produce top quality wine and nearby 200 families running extraordinary food experience places.

In Istria from Smrikve I mentioned those that are among the most important today, but I am sure that this list will further expand because in the last decades several hundreds of thousands of new olive trees have been planted and many other families will soon emerge as outstanding producers in the near future.

Olive oil and wine are very important for a typical Istrian family and as such are part of the tradition.

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