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9 things NOT to do in Istria

9. 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…

8. Do not mention the Croatian Government!

Istrians are socialist left-wingers. They praise 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!

7. Small wineries are the new luxury!

Istria noTourist Wine Tour

Istria noTourist Wine Tour

Imagine the owner steps out of the cellar with his vineyard boots still on and together with his dog he welcomes you at the entrance of his winery. Then, he shows you his/her cellar with all the love and commitment which a winemaker has to have in order to make great wines. Isn’t that a true experience? How big is the chance that you meet the winemaker at a huge winery? I find that’s luxury in terms of experience…

Btw, 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.

6. Charm the locals with knowing their famous children’s fairy tale!

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 fairy tale was published and written by Vladimir Nazor in 1908. There is an English translation available HERE.

5. 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

4. Try the local varieties Malvazija and Teran!

Istrian Teran

Istrian Teran

The land of Istria is perfect for growing Merlot. However, the superstars of the vibrant Istrian wine scene are the grape varieties Malvazija (white) and Teran (red). The last couple of decades several winemaker generations are constantly developing their knowledge, experementing with new methods, cutting on the amounts of grapes to get better and better quality after every harvest. The result is a rain of Decanter Awards for Croatian and particularly Istrian wines.

3. What does it mean “organic”?

Istrian Farmhouse

Istrian Farmhouse

In some places in Istria the farm house owners who cook fantastic local dishes don’t know the word “organic” or “biological”. For them it’s the most normal thing to cook with ingredients from their backyard garden or to use meat from their free range farm animals. In the “modern” world people pay a lot of money to be sure that their plate includes fresh ingredients harvested in a fair trade or organic way. Here in Istria they think it’s the cheap food! Funny world…

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 getting drunk. It is your door to the local world…