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Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun
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New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Don't blink”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Or you might miss this place. Motovun, for all its fame, is really tiny. It's dramatically situated on top of a steep hill. If you drive to it, you'll either get to park 80% up the hill, or 0% up the hill, from which a little bus will take up up top. We got to park 80% up, and it was still a bit of a hike up to the town proper. Once you're there, there are several really great restaurants, incredibly scenic views from all over town back towards the valleys and forests below, and a nice walk along the walls. And that's it! You've seen it! I expected there to be more to it. But it's still a worthwhile excursion. And you'll still have time afterward to see plenty more of Istria. :)

Visited September 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“THE most touristy of all the hilltop towns”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We spent a day seeing the hilltop villages & went to Buje, Groznajn, Zavrsje, Oprtal, Livarde & Motuvun. I liked Motuvun the least mostly because of the hordes of tourists & it was too touristy for me.

It is a steep uphill climb but we were allowed to take our car up to a certain point. IF you had to walk from the bottom of the town, it would be a long climb up that would take more than one hour. However, parking was $4. From that point, we still had to walk another 15 minutes to the top. There was a lot of tourists when we arrived but fortunately it started to rain (which made the cobblestone steps very slippery). We waited as we could see it was going to stop but most of the tourists left. When they did, it made the town more enjoyable.

However, to me, the town was a tourist trap & I liked Groznjan much better as it was less touristy. Prices were higher here in this village but it did have the best view of all of them. It did have terrific views of the valleys below.

It took around 7 hours total including driving to/from Rovinj to tour all the villages I listed so plan accordingly. With all that touring so we didn't stop to have lunch. It would be better & cheaper to bring a picnic lunch with you.

Note: we had a rental car & you would NOT be able to do this all via public transportation. I would highly suggest you renting a car for Croatia in general as public transport in the smaller cities is not as good as the larger cities.

Visited September 2013
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south florida
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“Really cool!!!!!”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Another walled city...NO...this has areas within the city that can be explored. Visit with the people who actually live there....many of them have little shops in their homes where you can buy stuff. Restaurants, shops, eateries, bars.......everything is there....even Don King...we saw him while visiting. Great place to visit!

Visited November 2012
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Devon, United Kingdom
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“Great views”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Really enjoyed our trip to Motovun, as part of a tour of these hilltop towns. We hired a car and went exploring. Parking was reasonable and there were lots of restaurants. Not a great deal to see in the town, but the views made it worthwhile. Had a good meal in a restaurant part way up the hill with views of the surrounding countryside. Can't remember the name, but have attached a picture. The restaurant had its doors open so you could see the view as you walked past. Came away with lots of photos of the lovely countryside surrounding the town.

Visited May 2013
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Nova Gradiska, Croatia
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“Small but sweet”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Small but cute place to experience breathtaking views and taste great food and wine and on the spot you can buy it. At the top is a beautiful hotel in which you enter and forget everything around you and relax your body and soul in their wellness and spa. If you want to get away this is the perfect place.

Visited August 2013
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