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10 things NOT to do in Istria

10. Don’t buy extra virgin olive oil in the supermarket!

Istrian Olive Oil

Istrian Olive Oil

You are in one of the world’s best olive oil regions. Buying olive oil in a supermarket instead of visiting some of the excellent and super-friendly local olive oil producers is pretty reckless. Yes, it’s cheaper in a supermarket. But nothing is as valuable as your health. On our tours, we tell you what they make commercial supermarket olive oil from. Actually, book our tour only when you are ready for the truth! You know Morpheus from the Matrix? When he offers two different pills to Neo? Click the BLUE PILL and you’ll wake up back home and continue buying all the stuff you were buying before. If you click the RED PILL we will show the truth. But remember! We offer the truth, nothing more…

9. Do not mention the Croatian Government!

Istrians are liberal left-wingers. They praise the victory over Fascism in World War 2, they believe that Croatia should be a secular country and gay is ok. Everything that the Croatian Government is neglecting in public. You are in Istria, not in Croatia!

8. Don’t go to the big wineries!

Istria noTourist Wine Tour

Istria noTourist Wine Tour

There are some clans that rule in Istria, of course. Wine Makers, for example, are organized in regions. The most propagated wine region in Istria is the north and west coast. Here you’ll find the richest wineries. They are in every travel catalog, in each tourist board map, even in the supermarkets, sometimes also in your apartment toilettes as well. Yes, they are great, they have pompous and charmingly decorated vineyards but there is more to Istrian Wine than visiting the „biggest“ wineries. You’ll be served just like the other 100 people waiting in line at the same fancy „Wine Bar“ just as you.

Drive land inwards, ask the locals, train your instinct, close your TripAdvisor App and you’ll find all these little magical moments at some random small wineries built with stones and wood. You’ll find tiny wine cellars with the real taste of Istria. Organic wines, Teran, Malvazija, Orange Wines, Sparkling, Muscato,…

If you don’t have a car or you simply don’t have the time to find those places, you always can book our noTourist Wine Tour and meet the local winemakers without the fancy touch.

7. Don’t yell and scream around Motovun!

Veli Joze Motovun

Veli Joze Motovun

There is a giant called „Veli Jože“ (Engl. Big Joe) who lives in the Motovun Forest and he’ll get you if you make problems. He is seen as many times as the Monster of Loch Ness which means never. However, he is alive in the minds of the Istrians. Festivities, sculptures, graffiti, all in honor of Veli Jože who is so big that birds are nesting in his hair, he can ring the bell tower in Motovun with his bare hands, and he uses oak trees like toothpicks. If you know the story about Veli Jože you’ll get a huuuuuge plus from the locals around Motovun. From children to grandparents, they all know the story. The story was published and written by Vladimir Nazor in 1908. There is an English translation available HERE.
Anyways, if you come to Motovun with a stone in your stomach, yelling and disturbing the harmonic peace of the people and the village you’ll get into trouble with Big Joe! You don’t want that!

6. Don’t look in the eyes of an Istrian goat or there is a serious chance that you’ll turn into an Istrian!

Istrian Flag

The Billy Goat is on the Istrian Flag as the main symbol of Istria.

5. Do not visit the Amphitheatre in Pula and do not try the most spectacular brand new high-end PULA VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE TOUR!

Pula Virtual Reality Experience

Pula Virtual Reality Experience

Who wants to walk around the ancient old town of Pula and actually „see“ what the Romans saw 2000 years ago? Who wants to visit this website and check out the hottest travel experience Istria has to offer in 2018?

4. Do not try Teran Wine or you’ll never want something else again!

Istrian Teran

Istrian Teran

Do not try our wild mustang, the Ferrari among the red wines, the heavily smelling bull that blows away even the most dried prosciutto or cheese! It’s a curse!

3. Don’t do that!

Istrian Farmhouse

Istrian Farmhouse

Wait, wait, wait! Did you just….were you thinking about going to a fast food place in the city center? Among all those fantastic farmhouse eateries with young olive oil, locally produced wine, the finest organic meat, and warm baked bread, you wanted to eat out in a mediocre fast food place that looks like everywhere else??? Don’t do that!

2. Do not forget to share all your experiences in Istria!

On Instagram and Facebook because people won’t believe you that you were in the magical world of Truffles, Wine and Olive Oil. Tag us, mention us, spread the word!

1. Do not try to blend in!

Istrian Brandy Rakija

Istrian Brandy Rakija

If you are a German you’re dressed like a German. If you are an American you look like an American. You will never be able to blend in and not be recognized as a tourist UNLESS you drink a „Rakija“ with a local. Rakija is Istrian Brandy. It can be sweet, tough, soft or strong, tasty or horrible. Often, it is drunk before and after a meal. Sipping Rakija with somebody is almost like sipping coffee with somebody. It is about raising the spirits and not about being drunk. However, if you get drunk from Rakija you will experience new levels of happiness.

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