Central Istria A-Z

Central Istria is the heart of the Istrian peninsula, the intersection of all major roads. It can be discovered thanks to its untouched nature, beautiful landscapes, amazing views, picturesque medieval towns, churches decorated with precious frescos...
Take the windy roads and pathways, indulge and enjoy the beauty of nature and take in its rich historical and cultural heritage, delight in the traditional dishes and excellent wines. All these views, fragrances and tastes together make up the story about the one and only - Central Istria.
Wherever you go, in every corner of our Central Istria, you will always be welcome!


If you want to experience adventure in the authentic landscapes of central Istria, here you will find everything you are looking for. In the heart of Istria - in Pazin, you can experience an unforgettable adrenaline experience on the Zip line Pazin and after flying over the Pazin Cave, set off to explore its attractive underground in Speleoadventure. Even the youngest ones will have fun in the Kringa Adrenaline Park, which offers entertainment for the whole family. Central Istria offers opportunities for outdoor activities, so dare to explore central Istria - hiking and bike trails, free climbing, freshwater fishing, horseback ridingoff road, enduro and quad tours are waiting for you!

BERAM, Pazin

A small town on a wooded hill 5 km north-west from Pazin, near the road Pazin - Porec. It developed in a place where once was a prehistoric Illyrian fortified settlement. There are many archaeological finds from that period, with the richest among them - 172 urns found next to the Iliric necropolis. The parish church was first mentioned in 1177. In the Middle ages, Beram was fortified with walls and a rectangular tower, the remains of which are still preserved. The structure of streets that radiate from the main square down the hill is also preserved. Beram is world known for its frescoes, which can be seen in the church of St. Martin, and in the little church of St. Mary on the Rocks. 

BOLJUN, Lupoglav

A medieval town in the municipality of Lupoglav. Preserved bastions and a round tower of a medieval feudal building - a castle, which was built from the 11th to the 17th century. There are 3 churches in the place: the parish church of St. George, St. Cosmas and Damian and St. Fabian and Sebastian. The view extends to the valley of Boljunčica and the mountain massif of Učka above it. Traditonal meals You can try in Boljunska konoba

BORUT, Cerovlje

Today, Borut is a common name for several small villages and hamlets situated northern from Cerovlje: Budaki, Buzići, Čuleti, Dausi, Grdinići, Grgurići, Moloni, Orlovići, Poljanice and Sandalji. Thanks to the deposited natural clay along the Borut stream, brick production has been cultivated here for centuries. The clay was once dug and shaped by hand and baked in field kilns called ”frnaže" by the local people. Since 1904. this tradition has been industrialized, but today, due to lack of raw materials, production is focused on other products .

Borut is also the starting point for two marked circular walking trails: Path of St. Kocijan (Cantianus)  (marked with number 707 - 13 km long) and Path of St. Sylvester (marked with number 706 - 15 km long). Both trails are marked with Istria trails labels and green-yellowmountaineering signs and start at the Borut's railway station. After walking, you can refresh yourself in nearby agritourism Stara štala.


Many have tried to pinpoint the exact centre of Istria.Some say it is located on Orljak Hill near Beram, while others believe it is at Ježenjski križ. In the period between the two world wars, there was even a large stone on Cesarovac Hill not far from the village of Matići marking the centre of Istria. In 2002 by determining the centre of the triangle connecting the three furthest points of the peninsula of Istria, modern technology helped to place the centre of Istria near the village of Trošti. A region of untouched nature, it is crisscrossed with meadows and hayfields, oak woods and pine woods, dry-stone walls and karst valleys. The easiest way to reach it is by taking the Pazin – Žminj road and following the road signs to Trošti from where signposts lead to the centre of Istria.

DRAGUĆ, Cerovlje

Draguć is the best known small town in the Municipality of Cerovlje, located on the road leading to Buzet, 8 km from Cerovlje. Thanks to its picturesque look and preserved architecture, it often "plays" in domestic and foreign films and TV shows, being known as the "Istrian Hollywood". It is also known for its valuable frescoes in the church of St. Elisha and in the church of St. Rochus, the collection of sacral artworks in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary, for the altarpiece by painter Venerio Trevisan in the parish church of Holy Cross, as well as for the area’s rich Glagolitic heritage.

GRIMALDA, Cerovlje

The Butoniga lake is an artificial lake made in 1988. It serves as a water supply for the larger part of Istria. Swimming and fishing are not allowed there.

KRINGA, Tinjan

Kringa is situated five kilometres southern of Tinjan on the spot of the Iron Age edifice later a Roman fortress, the second largest settlement in the Tinjan municipality. Among the founds from the Earlier Stone Age there are remarkably, almost artistically elaborated idols.Written sources take account of Kringa from 1102 onwards under the name of Curitico or Coriticum. In the Middle Ages it is the constituent part of the Pazin principality.


While we are approaching Pazin, taking the road that goes north-east through the valley of the Pazinčica rivulet, we will spot the bell tower of Lindar at the hilltop ahead of us. In this small village you can find The church of St. Catherine, built in 1392., which holds within itself specific and unique fresco of the "Living Cross". In Lindar there are three other churches, fortezza, villa Baxa and Glagolitic inscriptions.

PAZ, Cerovlje

Paz is small village located in municipality of Cerovlje. In Paz you can find the remains of a medieval castle owned by the Waldersteins, the parish church of the Holy Virgin, the cemetery church of St. Vitus with frescoes, Renaissance sarcophagus and Glagolitic graffiti.


Rakotule is the common name for a number of small villages and hamlets situated in minicipality Karojba, north of the road which connects Karojba and Višnjan: Konobari, Kramari, Kuzmi, Martineli, Milići, Močitad, Nadalini, Pahovići, Pupičići, Radoslavi, Rapki and Špinovci. For the first time mentioned in the 13th century. The Italian name Racotole di Montona reveals the close relationship with the nearby Motovun, which can be seen from many points as though in the "palm of your hand"...

SELINA, Sveti Lovreč
SEMIĆ, Lupoglav
TRVIŽ, Pazin

TRVIŽ - used to be a border between Venetian Istria and The County of Pazin; mentioned for the first time in 1177; the parochial church of the Holy Virgin of the Rosary built by the end of the 19th century; the old parochial church of St. Peter and Paul, rebuilt many times, the oldest parts originate from 12th or 13th century with fresco fragments, painted wooden ceiling, the Glagolitic inscription from 1553, the Baroque altar, the Crucifixion from the second half of the 15th century.

VRANJA, Lupoglav

It has been mentioned since 1177. In the past, the Austrian-Venetian border used to pass in the middle of the settlement. In the north wall of the parish church of St. Mihovil ther`s glagolitic inscription from 1576. Below Zamask is the church of St. Mary Magdalene with wall paintings from 1400. and glagolitic graffiti. Beautiful view of Motovun, lake Butoniga and the whole of central Istria, during a clear day you can see the Slovenian Alps and the sea of western Istria

Grad Pazin Općina Cerovlje Općina Gračišće Općina Karojba Općina Lupoglav Općina Pićan Općina Sveti Lovreč Općina Sveti Petar u Šumi Općina Tinjan

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