1. Motovun
    © Tourism Board MotovunMotovun
  2. Labin
    © Tourism Board LabinLabin
  3. Gračišće
    © Tourism Board GračišćeGračišće
  4. Završje
    © Tourism Board IstriaZavršje
  5. Svetvinčenat
    © Tourism Board SvetvinčenatSvetvinčenat
  6. Bale
    © Tourism Board BaleBale
  7. Boljun
    © Central Istria Tourism BoardBoljun
  8. Buje
    © Igor ZirojevićBuje
  9. Oprtalj
    © Tourism Board IstriaOprtalj
  10. Grožnjan
    © Tourism Board IstriaGrožnjan
  11. Žminj
    © Tourism Board RovinjŽminj
  12. Momjan
    © Fraxinus CroatMomjan
  13. Buzet
    © Tourism Board IstriaBuzet

In pictures: 13 beautiful hilltop towns in Istria

Discover the most beautiful hilltop towns in Istria


Croatia has anything you could want from a beach holiday – culture, sun and sea. But turn inland, and you’ll be surprised at just how beautiful upcountry Croatia can be. Medieval stone villages rise from the hilltops, overlooking patchworks of farms, vineyards and olive groves. Pedal a bicycle through the Istrian peninsula and you’ll discover clusters of stone houses huddling above billowing fields – some encircled by ancient defensive walls. Take a look at this gallery to see some of our favourites.

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