Winter tourist offer
The tourist season in Istra is gradually widening to encompass spring and autumn and this is partly due to the content based on traditional customs and autochthonous products offered in the interior part of the Peninsula. The Days of Truffles in northern Istra begin in September and in the following three months nearly every week there are various fairs, festivals and exhibitions about truffles organised.
Aside from tasting of meals with truffles, the biggest and best truffles are selected and judged, while in the Motovun forest a search for truffles is also organised. Wine roads are drawn in a map of Istra so that those interested may become better acquainted with the wine cellars and small konoba (traditional wine cellars) there and they encompass some 85 wine makers. Cellars offering a wide selection of wines with contemporary technology and which have received awards are specially marked, while special village konoba with traditional wine processing have a humbler but also a good selection of wines. To make it easier to find your way around this region there are signposts showing the way to the wine roads leading to the best wine makers all throughout Istrian roads. The main wine festivities however are the international exhibition of wine and wine making equipment Vinistra which is held in Poreč at the end of April.
The Open Door Days of Istrian Country Estates is an action intended to directly acquaint potential owners of future estates with the functioning of such estates. Istrian country estates open their doors for all visitors during one Sunday in November and owners are present and available to answer any questions about their experiences. Usually architects, interior designers, experts in horticultural landscaping and pool construction and culinary experts are also presents. One of the objectives of the Open Door Days is also the promotion of traditional Istrian cuisine, so that in selected rural tourism estates food is offered at very affordable prices.
December in Pula is special because of the Istrian Book Fair which gathers together not only a wide spectrum of publishers, but also authors from the whole world and all titles are sold at discounted prices. Even the Pula handicrafts fair Hand-made Festival is being visited by more and more people every year. The last weeks of the year in Istrian towns, especially Pula, pass by with a festive atmosphere owing to the many entertainment programmes on the eve o Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays. New Year’s Eve celebrations are organised in the main town squares, however hotels also offer interesting packages which combine the countdown to the New Year, celebrations with live music and, for example, use of the wellness centres.
Similar packages are also offered in February for Valentines Day, when the masquerade season also comes into full swing. The most renowned are the Buzet masquerade festivities, however masquerade balls are also organised in all larger places too – on the squares, in hotels and in clubs. Outside the main tourist season the many museums throughout Istra can also be visited, which thanks to the rich history of Istra have plenty to show. During winter, Istrian galleries present numerous exhibitions of paintings and photographs, artist installations are performed. At the April festival titled Pivajući sva smo blaga stekli Buzet plays host to female and male klape (acapello singing groups) from Istra and Kvarner. In May, in the small locality of Roč, the festival Z armoniku v Roč gathers together accordion “triesština” players, while June in Pazin is occupied with the Days of Jules Verne.
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