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Istria is also a land of cities. The ancient settlements of Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Umag, Labin, Pazin, Medulin, Grožnjan, Novigrad, Buzet and many others are places of pilgrimage for beauty lovers. These towns are usually situated on top of hills and surrounded by walls and towers. The alleyways of the old towns preserve the spirit of the Middle Ages.
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  Scattered along the coasts and hillocks, amidst the vineyards and olive-groves, Istrian small towns look as if they have just descended from a painting. Just like people who had happier and less happier periods in their lives, some Istrian towns have been preserved, while others, ravaged by time and misfortune, are nothing more than romantic ruins, an abandoned scenery from which sensitive souls read records of the times past.

  Towns on the coast proudly display their true belonging to the Mediterranean, being the typical coastal Roman municipalities with ports, jovial ships and seething streets. On the other hand, mediaeval towns blooming on the hillocks in the hinterland are true small mid-European forts exuding the calmness of the mainland.

  If you want to truly experience Istria in all its diversity, start from Pula, Rovinj, or PoreË, then go to SvetvinËenat and Dvigrad, and finally to Motovun or Hum. In Rovinj you will recognize the contours and heritage of Venice, in Pazin the spirit of Austria will speak for itself. Do not hesitate, for a short time leave the tales of the sea and salt, murmur of the crowd and romantic ships anchored in the lively port, and head to the fairylike paths of the undulating landscape.

 

  Whether it is Motovun, Grožnjan, Završje, Oprtalj or the smallest town in the world, Hum, a walk though its stony streets will quickly become a magical journey through history.
Follow the path from the massive town gate to the small bench of the Municipal Loggia and then ascend to the small church on the plaza and the tower from which Istria will glisten completely differently.


  Although they seem to look alike, each of these mediaeval towns is unique. Be curious, peek into the doorways, and inspect coats of arms and palaces. Step into the churches and rest in the shades of the chapels. Here you will meet and understand popular legends of diligent fairies who renew the town walls at night, but also of the witches that know how to make trouble. If you meet someone, feel
free to stop that person and ask whatever comes to your mind. People here are gentle and kind, and will be glad to tell you the story of Istria - a piece of land where the greatest diversities exist side by side in harmony.


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