10 reasons to visit Istria this winter

Here are ten things to do in Istria this winter, as recommended by the locals:






  1. Carnivals in Istria - Most Istrian towns have a big costume promenade around mid February. Do not miss!
  2.  You like it sweet? Must visit Pazin for the Honey Days, 27-28 February.
  3. Istrian Rivietra From 28 february – 8 March This March in Umag, the Istrian Riviera, will be gathering 120 players from 12 countries. The matches will be played  in the Umag Tennis Academy Centre in Umag, with a 10 thousand Dollar prize fund.
  4. Oleum olivarum in Krasica 7-8 March Like Olive oil? This is a must visit to this small picturesque town in Nort West Istria.
  5. For all the meat lovers! Sausage days 28.02-01.03 Sv.Petar u Sumi.
  6.  Trophy Umag 04.03.2015 A one-day race on the international calendar of the World Cycling Organization UCI(Union Cycliste International), ranked as 1.2 and open for all cyclists in categories Men Elite and U-23, that is for UCI Kontinental teams, national teams, regional teams and clubs. It will be held for the third time on Wednesday, 4 March 2015.
  7.  Gran Prix Porec – International cycling race. A one-day race on the international calendar of the World Cycling Organization UCI(Union Cycliste International), open for all cyclists in categories Men Elite and U-23, that is for UCI Kontinental teams, national teams, regional teams and clubs.
  8. Seashells days 16.02-23.03.2015 You’ll have  a chance to taste  sea morsels at the Days of seashells organised by the tourist boards of Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla and Buje on the territory of northwestern Istria.
  9. Valentine’s day Treat for your partner? Visit Brtonigla for this delicious combo of wine and chocolates!
  10. Brtonigla 21.02.2015 Turn of the Alpe Adria trekking Cup Why not taking part and burning some of those calories in this race while also discovering some of through Istrian hidden treasures of untouched nature and landscapes.


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Events in Istria, August 2014

Classical Summer Labin: Journey through european musical and vocal tradition

20.08.2014, 21:00 h,Labin, Župna crkva (Church)

Concert: Katja Markotić: mezzosopran/Maroje Brčić: piano

TZ Labin-Rabac, Aldo Negri 20 T.

Street Art Festival

21.08.2014 – 24.08.2014,Poreč-Parenzo

Festival of Street Performers

A well known fact is that Mediterranean life prefers the outdoors, especially streets to the indoors, houses. Streets have always been the site for conversations, courtship, arguments and singing, and although perhaps people were not aware of this, streets and squares were in fact a kind of stage. The new era has brought along new customs, but the desire for liveliness in the streets still remains. Street Art wants to bring to life once again the streets, squares and promenades of Poreč filling them with dance, street theatre, installations, film projections, video installations, music. During the month of August, on the streets and squares of Poreč you will encounter numerous artists who, inspired by this lovely town, will display their works and imagination.

Karigador Fish fest

21.08.2014,Karigador (Brtonigla-Verteneglio)

Gastro event

Taking place in the attractive sea atmosphere on the pier of Karigador, it is a real fishing experience for all guests seeking an authentic experience of local customs. Fish specialties, music and presentation of traditional products of local manufacturers.


Hand Made Fair

22.08.2014, 20:00 h,Medulin, Waterfront

Fair of original Istrian souvenirs

Handicrafts fair of original Istrian souvenirs that are directly sold by their producers and designers. The fair is unique because of its offer of original, traditional products and over the last few years it has regularly been held in Medulin and Premantura. The purpose of this event is to offer guests an alternative to cheap bazaar goods that are mostly sold under the name of souvenirs.

TZ Medulin, Centar 223, Medulin


Festival of St. Bernard

23.08.2014 – 24.08.2014,Funtana-Fontane, Rotonda (Rotonda)

St. Bernard is a patron saint of Funtana and his day is celebrated on the first weekend after the August 20th: during the whole day lots of fun, good food, music, sport and recreation games and other entertainment is guaranteed.

The food offered for this occasion is intentionally typical and a special offer of Istrian cuisine.


Valbandon under the baking lid

23.08.2014, 18:00 h,Valbandon beach

Competition in preparing dishes in a traditional Istrian way, under a baking lid čripnja, tasting Istrian wine and olive oil, Watermelon festival

Covered with live coals, the baking lid čripnja/peka conceals a variety of ingredients for the remarkable encounter of lovers of delicious, traditional Istrian cuisine. To be proclaimed master of preparing dishes under the baking lid is recognition of true knowledge and skill, so that each year there is an increasing number of chefs participating in this event in Valbandon. Lamb, donkey, mushroom, octopus, ray, different kinds of fish… an entire menu of creations and experiences awaits under the baking lid.


Music on every corner

26.08.2014,Novigrad-Cittanova, starogradska jezgra (old town)

Experience musical entertainment program that welcomes you with the performance of klapas, vocal ensemble, small acoustic instrument bands and other similar musical groups that will perform at several different locations in the old town of Novigrad (Veliki trg, Venecija Pass, Mandrač, Porporela …) during the evening and transmit by the music the atmosphere of the Mediterranean town in which music is heard “on every corner“…

Istra Gourmet

26.08.2014, 20:00 h,Medulin, riva (Waterfront)

Gastronomic event

At this event producers present typical Istrian gastronomy products such as truffles, prosciutto, cheese, olive oil, wines and different homemade brandy…


LAR: night tour

26.08.2014, 21:30 – 23:00 h,Labin, stari grad (old town)

LAR – night tour of the Labin old town starting at 9:30 p.m. in front of Tourist info point in old town- re-live the history of our ancient town told through myths, legends and stories.

Tourist guides will help make this tour an unforgettable experience. Your visit will end in front of the Alvona gallery at 11 p.m. with a complimentary glass of delicious homemade wine served by torchlight.

Info: Labin Art Republika, Titov trg 11, Labin

 Traditional evenings at Fažana’s waterfront

27.08.2014, 20:00 h,Fažana-Fasana waterfront

Hand Made Fair and Istria Gourmet: display of Istrian souvenirs and gourmet products

At Fažana’s waterfront, together with the beauty of folk costumes and traditional folk dances, the fair of autochthonous gourmet products and Istrian souvenirs will surely inspire you to choose anything you like from Istria and take it back home to remind you of the wonderful holiday or as a gift for a dear person, presenting a more complete picture of Istrian tradition.


28.08.2014 – 30.08.2014,Žminj

Bartulja in Žminj is the best known and the most popular today’s folk festivity in Istria with at least centennial tradition probably reaching back far into the past. It used to be celebrated on St. Bartholomew’s Day on 24 August, but in time people started gathering the last Saturday in August to meet in large numbers.

Nevertheless, St. Bartholomew’s Day is still celebrated with a mass held in the church of the saint right at the entrance to Žminj. The point of every Bartulja, both in the past and today, is actually the gathering of people from Žminj in their native place. It is the day when they return to their homes in order to gather around their fireplaces, meet their relatives and friends, have a talk and take a walk around the place. Older people recall that just before Bartulja they would clean their house every day after the harvest and after working in the field so that it would look nice and ready for their relatives and guests.


The Festivity of St.Pelagius

28.08.2014 – 30.08.2014,Novigrad-Cittanova, Veliki trg, Porporela (The Large Square, Porporela)

The celebration of the Town Day and the Novigrad Saint, the patron of st. Pelagius

The celebration of the Novigrad patron saint St. Pelagius. It is a three-day festivity that proposes a wide range of cultural, entertainment, sports and other programmes.

The central part of the festivity is the weekend, from 23 to 25 August, when major entertainment and music events take place – concerts and dancing music, sports competitions, culture programmes… all this accompanied by a rich gastronomic offer at the stands along the town’s harbour, Mandrač and Porporela.

Info: Grad Novigrad, TZ Novigrad, Mandrač 29a, T: +385 (0)52 757 075, info@istria-novigrad.com


5th XCO Izgubljena Ovca


Bike race class UCI C3

The 5th edition of XC Race by the interesting name ‘The Lost Sheep’ will be held by the beginning of September in Municipality of Grožnjan through which the sheeps has wandered. It passes along the route of the former railway Parenzana!

Info: Brdsko Biciklistički Klub Grožnjan, Trg Ruggiero Paladin 3, Grožnjan T: +385 (0)98 927 3443, bbk.groznjan@gmail.com


Rhapsody in Blue

31.08.2014, 19:00 h,Fažana-Fasana, Fažanska riva (Fažana’s Waterfront)

Event dedicated to the azure sea

The batane and sea will be transformed in a unique gallery of mobile art installations accompanied by a cocktail party, cocktail show, program for children, light show and the sounds of pop, rock, blues, evergreen and country music.