While Croatia is known for its natural beaches and crystal clear sea, the interior of the country with its beautiful nature and wonderful experiences should not be missed.
We have compiled the best excursion options for you: Explore impressive nature reserves, jaw-dropping fjords, and go truffle hunting...
Who knows, maybe you'll find the world's largest truffle!
Between Bale and Rovinj lies the 25 hectare theme park Histria Aromatica, a nature park for all your senses.
Olive trees, vines, and around 300 different spices as well as medicinal and aromatic plants grow on lovingly laid out beds and fields between natural stone walls. In addition, there are around 200 wild plants with wonderful scents which smell different depending on the season.
The natural diversity of the approximately 200 wild plants can be explored on nature trails. Benches and pavilions allow you to relax. Here you can leave everyday life behind and take a deep breath. The colours and scents of the aromatic plants will take you to a special place.
The wonderful view of the sea as well as the old towns of Rovinj, Vodnjan, and Bale offer a unique experience of the idyllic Istrian surroundings. The theme park Histria Aromatica is always worth a visit!
HOTEL & RESTAURANT
This elegant hotel, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, is a rustic stone house from the early 20th century and is located 12 km from the historic mountain village of Monkodonja. The hotel is managed by Danijela Pifar and Bojan Vuković and promises a devine culinary experience.
Exquisite wines round off the modern and creative cuisine with a special touch. Only fresh ingredients from the region are used. Many of the ingredients are produced by the hotel itself.
Meneghetti has received numerous gourmet awards: It was listed with two caps in the 2015 Gault Millau Guide and is listed as one of the 1000 best restaurants in the world in the prestigious La List.
North of the town of Rovinj, there is one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see on the Istrian peninsula. The Limski Canal Nature Reserve consists of the 11 km between Rovinj and Vsar and is often called the most beautiful Croatian fjord.
Before the time of Christ, the Illyrians built their colonies and fortresses here. On the south side of the bay, there is the cave of Romuald, the priest and hermit.
The Lim Fjord is 30 metres deep and in some places up to 600 metres wide. On both sides of the fjord there are mountains that go up to 100 metres. This makes the region an attractive destination for climbing enthusiasts
The water in the bay favours the growth of different species of plants and animals. Oysters and mussels grow here in a natural environment. In the bay, there are many restaurants where you can taste these delicacies.
The surroundings of the bay are also recommended as there is a variety of flora as well as many species of animals such as wild boars, deer, foxes, badgers, goshawks, buzzards, and owls. The Lim valley is a beautiful nature reserve and an ideal destination for lovers of unspoilt flora and fauna.
Film fans will also get their money's worth here: The Hollywood film "The Vikings" with Kirk Douglas was shot at Limski Fjord in 1958.
THE TRUFFLE REGION
Motovun (Croat.) or Montona (Ital.) lies 277 meters above sea level on a steep hill above the Mirna valley. Truffles grow in the woods below the village. This delicacy plays an important role for gourmets all over the world.
The largest truffle in the world was found here. The whole village has been taken over by truffles—there are many restaurants with delicious dishes and various products.
We recommend a walk through the forests of Motovun up to the fortress. In the morning, you’ll see a wonderful view of the valley!
Tour lasts approximately 30–45 minutes