A triangle in the northwest of Istria is a paradise for gastronomy and wine enthusiasts. This zone, bordered by Savudrija and Novigrad from the sea, and as the tip of the acute triangle, the town of Motovun, provides enough material for a long weekend. Excellent oil mills, restaurants, taverns, wineries, bike routes, hiking trails, historic towns, green oases.
So, moor your boat in the Novigrad marina and go for lunch to the Marina restaurant, which has a view of the mooring. Marina restaurant is too good to miss: Marina Gaši and her husband Davor Buršić have a unique concept – there is no printed menu or a la carte orders, but the offer is based on 3-6-9 combinations that are exclusively seafood, and their availability depends on the catch of local ﬁshermen.
Marina does everything herself, from bread and pasta o every plate that comes out of her kitchen, and Davor is a master of service and wine. Here you will feel like a guest in their living room, casual, comfortable, intimate because the service is completely personalized.
If you like to stay overnight on the mainland, San Rocco, a small boutique hotel in Brtonigla and one of the champions of Croatian luxury hotels offer not only comfortable rooms as large as a studio apartment, but also an excellent restaurant, spa center, and wine store. The hotel also has a beautiful spacious terrace and an outdoor swimming pool with a bar, so it is easy to “get stuck” in there all afternoon, as there is plenty to do. It is worth mentioning that San Rocco has exceptional olive oil from its own olive groves, so in the dishes of this ﬁne dining restaurant you can often get an homage to this magical ingredient.
A winery that is also a must-see and offers the option of a full day’s stay in the winery of the Kozlović family, which has been living with wine and from wine in the same place, in the picturesque Valle Valley, since 1904.
Their winery is a modern building made by environmental standards, so the walls are cooled by natural green barriers, as well as the roof overgrown with lavender and rosemary. In the winery that insists on local varieties Istrian Malvasia, Teran, and Muscat Momjan, you can enjoy several tasting programs, and we especially recommend Meet the Estate, a program that includes 5 wines and 5 small plates specially created by top Croatian chef Zdravko Tomsić. If you are looking for a genuine Istrian tavern, “Stari podrum” (the Old Cellar) below the Kozlović winery is “the place”.
If after all these activities there is still strength in you for a walk, besides the ever beautiful Motovun, visit Grožnjan, the city of artists and gallerists. You will enjoy its gentle murmur and treat your eyes with beautiful works of art. The city itself belongs to the group of the most beautiful Istrian walled hilltop towns, and its inhabitants zealously decorate the streets that are filled with ﬂowers.