Undulating landscapes covered in forests and vineyards and peppered with ancient hilltop towns sprouting out from the peaks, this is the interior of Istria. The main draw of this rich fertile region are its gastronomy and charming villages including Motovun, Groznjan, Buzet, Bale and Buje and abundance of excellent hiking and biking trails.
Motovun is the best known of the hilltop villages and attracts its fair share of visitors. Perched high on a hill, 227m above sea level, the village is a great example of Venetian colonial architecture ringed by a defensive wall. The views from the walls across the vineyards and forests, that harbour Istria's prized truffles, are simply stunning. The other villages are also well worth a visit with Groznjan being a haven for musicians and artists alike and Buzet being the 'Truffle Capital' of Croatia.
The region has several world class hotels nestled in the hills, many with an emphasis on gastronomy and wine.