6-8 Ulica Angelo Garbizza
Motovun, Istria, 52424, Croatia
Fly to Pula airport, Croatia (1 hr drive). From Spring to Autumn only.
Fly to Trieste airport, Italy (1 hr 30 minutes drive). Throughout the year.
Fly to Rijeka airport, Croatia (1 hr 20 minutes drive) Mainly Spring to Autumn.
Fly to Ljubljana airport, Slovenia (1 hr 50 minutes drive). Fly to Venice airport, Italy (2 hrs 50 minutes drive or 1 hr 45 minutes by boat to Porec or Rovinj).
Car Hire essential.
Vignette required for Slovenian motorways including when driving from Trieste airport in Italy to Villa Angelo. If one crosses Slovenia without a satnav, it is easier but no quicker to take the motorway.
Motovun is located in the heart of Istria, Croatia’s northern-most peninsula on the Adriatic Sea. The town grew from the site of an ancient Roman city called Kastelijer and was ruled by the Bishops of Poreč in the 10th and 11th centuries. It was taken by the Venetians in 1278 and fortified with a perimeter wall which is still intact today and used as a footpath with singular views across the four corners of Istria. In addition to its ancient fortifications the town is linked with a network of towers, churches and city gates containing aspects of Roman, Gothic and Renaissance styles.
Today the town is home to nearly five hundred permanent residents and has everything visitors might need including several good restaurants, cafes, bars and a local hotel with a spa. There are shops that offer local truffles (both white and black), olive oil, cheese, and other delicacies; also stalls where residents sell their fruit, vegetables, homemade wines and liquors. There is also a fishmonger who makes daily deliveries of freshly caught seafood from the back of his van.
At the end of July there is the annual Motovun Film Festival, which screens a wide variety of European and international films attended by thousands of participants from all over the world. Described by The Guardian newspaper in 2007 as “a cross between Glastonbury and Sundance”, the week of the festival is by far the busiest time of the year in Motovun. The outdoor screenings and accompanying celebrations make the festival the most popular event of the year so book early to avoid disappointment. This does not affect the privacy and tranquillity of Villa Angelo.
After receiving your booking, we will send you our Welcome sheet with comprehensive information on the house, local facilities and shops. These will include restaurants, interesting and beautiful places, and other suggestions.