Theme Week Istria – Motovun

28 June 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Aconcagua/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Aconcagua/cc-by-sa-3.0

Motovun is a village in central Istria. The population of the village itself is 500, with a total of 1,000 residents in the municipality. The Parenzana was a narrow gauge railroad that ran from Trieste to Poreč between 1902-1935, passed valley below the town. Motovun is a medieval town that grew up on the site of an ancient city called Kastelijer. It is situated on a hill 270 metres (886 feet) above sea level with houses scattered all over the hill. On the inner walls are several coats-of-arms of different Motovun ruling families and two gravestones of Roman inhabitants (dating from the 1st century).   read more…

Theme Week Istria – Umag

27 June 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Peko/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Peko/cc-by-sa-3.0

Umag is a coastal city in Istria. The city hosts a yearly ATP tennis tournament on clay courts. It is the westernmost city of Croatia, and the municipality includes Savudrija, the westernmost point of Croatia. In 1993 with the establishment of the new local rule Umag became an independent municipality (općina), and in 1997 was awarded the status of town or city (grad).   read more…

Theme Week Istria – Poreč

26 June 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Main square with church © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Main square with church © Johann Jaritz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Poreč is a town and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Its major landmark is the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Ever since the 1970s, the coast of Poreč has been the most visited tourist destination in Croatia. Poreč is almost 2,000 years old, and is set around a harbor protected from the sea by the small island of Saint Nicholas/San Nicolo (St. Nicholas). The town’s population of approximately 12,000 resides mostly on the outskirts, while the wider Poreč area has a population of approximately 17,000 inhabitants. The municipal area covers 142 square kilometres (55 sq mi), with the 37 kilometres (23 miles) long shoreline stretching from the Mirna River near Novigrad to Funtana and Vrsar in the south.   read more…

Theme Week Istria – Labin

25 June 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Alessandro Vecchi/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Alessandro Vecchi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Labin, with a town population of 7,000 and 12,000 in the greater municipality (which also includes the small towns of Rabac and Vinež, as well as a number of smaller villages), lies on the east coast of the Istrian Peninsula, halfway between Pula and Opatija.   read more…

Theme Week Istria – Mošćenička Draga

24 June 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Roberta F./cc-by-sa-3.0

© Roberta F./cc-by-sa-3.0

Mošćenička Draga is municipality in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. It has 1,600 inhabitants. It is situated southwest of Opatija under Mt. Učka. The centre of the municipality is the former fishing village of Mošćenička Draga which is today a tourist resort with seven beaches, small marina and walking paths. Above Mošćenička Draga there is the hilltop town of Mošćenice.   read more…

Theme Week Istria

23 June 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Rovinj © David Orlovic/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rovinj © David Orlovic/cc-by-sa-3.0

Istria, formerly Histria (Latin), is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. The peninsula is located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner. It is shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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