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Introduction

Situated less than 10 miles from the seaside, the village is something of an oasis, surrounded by endless vineyards and olive groves. In the north of the Istria region, near the western coast, Brtonigla is known as the “small place of great discoveries” and locals will say that visitors are always surprised at the diversity of the surrounding areas.

The original small town was erected on a scenic hill on the top of the remains of a former castle. Today, the village attracts people for the scenery, the authentic Istrian cuisine and locally made wine and olive oil. The white wine here is called Malvasia, the red is Teran.

Being so close to the Italian border, the place is officially bilingual and in 2011, interestingly, 40% of the populations declared themselves as ethnic Italians.

The mediaeval heart of the village is pretty, the Parish Church of St Zenon (patron saint of Brtonigla) has a 36 m high bell tower and the tiny church of St Rocco are worth seeing , the latter is right next door to Hotel San Rocco.

Truffle hunting is famous in this part of Istria with Italian visitors driving over for long weekends in spring and autumn just to do that. Livade is kind of “truffle central” and is just 25 minutes drive to the east. There are tasting, samplings, cookery classes, even hunting out in the forest with a local and his/her specially trained truffle hunting dog. Ask at reception of Hotel San Rocco.

Being so close to the coast and the wonderful Croatian sea and pristine beaches, Brtonigla really provides the best of both worlds (blue coast and green inland) in just one holiday.

Did you know?

  • In this part of Istria, winemakers use the four types of Istrian soil as grapes are grown in red, black, grey and white earth.
  • This area is famous for hilltop villages (stunning Groznjan and Motovun are 20 and 25 minutes away respectively), vast expanses of vineyards and olive groves and the products of these are prized.
  • Other parts of Europe known for truffles are the Perigord region of France and in Piedmont in northwest Italy. As with those places, Istrian truffles are both black and white (white are the more highly prized)
  • Guinness Book of Records lists the largest truffle in the world as coming from this region. It was found in 1999 by Giancarlo Zigante and his dog Diana. It weighed 1.31 kilograms.
  • The Mirna river and valley runs below Brtonigla and there’s a riding stables there offering riverside and vineyard rides

 

Buje town

The mediaeval hilltown of Buje is just seven minutes drive south-west from Brtonigla. There are sleepy cobbled streets, romantic old buildings and stunning views over the surrounding countryside, some simple restaurants serving all local produce. It was once referred to as the “Watchtower of Istria” due to its elevated position overlooking two important transit routes. Don’t miss the 16th century loggia on the main square with a frescoed façade. The historic centre of Buje dates from the period spent under the rule of Venice (1412-1797) with two defensive towers still remaining. There's a small morning market and a small supermarket.

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Getting There

Fly to Pula and then transfer by road (approx. 1 hour 20 minutes).

Flights from the UK to Pula Airport are operated by British Airways from London Heathrow, easyJet from London Gatwick and Bristol and by Ryanair from London Stansted.

Events

Events

June-Sept  Brtonigla Music Nights are held every Tuesday in the open air. Usually from late June to early September, there’s a mix of contemporary pop, rock, folk, traditional music

July-Aug  Brtonigla Music Nights in this period (mid July-mid August) happen every Thursday with Istrian folk music musicians strolling through the streets. Food/Wine Many festivals of food and wine – keep an eye open for posters locally

Mid Sept-Oct - Early Nov Truffle Days in Istria is a big event celebrating the season of the prized white truffle. There are exhibitions, demonstrations, fairs, celebrity demonstrations, tastings and more at various locations all within 25 minutes of Brtonigla. Often located in town squares.

 

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Explore the best of the Istrian inland in Brtonigla - natural parks, caves, picturesque hills, rich flora and fauna, and excellently preserved small churches and chapels that reflect the past. Follow the paths that weave through acres of vineyards and olive groves to discover the superior wines and olive oils that this region has to offer. Make sure to visit the family-owned cellars and tasting rooms to truly experience the authentic flavour of the local lifestyle.

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Explore the best of the Istrian inland in Brtonigla - natural parks, caves, picturesque hills, rich flora and fauna, and excellently preserved small churches and chapels that reflect the past. Follow the paths that weave through acres of vineyards and olive groves to discover the superior wines and olive oils that this region has to offer. Make sure to visit the family-owned cellars and tasting rooms to truly experience the authentic flavour of the local lifestyle.

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