In the heart of green central Istria, underneath the medieval town of Sovinjak there is a small village, Pračana with the beautiful Garibaldi holiday house just perfect for all pure and untouched nature fans. If you want to wake up with the sound of birds chirping or pick asparagus, mushrooms and herbs in the spring, this place is just made for you. Magnificent landscapes and green rolling hills dotted with medieval towns such as Buzet, Roč, Hum, Draguć, Vrh, Sovinjak, Oprtalj, Zrenj, Grožnjan or Motovun are located within the 10 to 15 km radius and offer hidden treasures for you to discover and explore.
Bikers, adventurers and hikers can visit wine and olive oil paths nearby where you can savour the beauty and calmness of the area as well as taste the rich flavour of local wines and olive oils.
Health resort and recreation wellness centre Istarske toplice spa, has been known as a source of healing thermal waters since ancient times and is located only 8 km away.
Golf lovers will enjoy their passion on the ground below the town of Motovun at the distance of only ten kilometres. In case you wish to sunbathe and swim in the sparkling Adriatic Sea, the nearest beach is only 25 minutes' distance away.
Travelling about and discovering central Istria is an unforgettable experience and those who have once stayed there will surely want to come back to this green, hilly paradise. Every village here has its uniqueness, each town its particular restaurants and taverns where you can enjoy various Istrian specialties such as prosciutto, asparagus, olive oil and wine. On top of everything, you can taste the world famous Istrian white and black truffle, the habitat of which is in this very area.
Garibaldi holiday house was built in 1905 by our ancestors. However, it was completely renovated in 2010. Adapted to the needs of a modern traveller, the house provides accommodation for 6 - 8 people. The house was rebuilt with natural materials such as stone and wood which gives the home a special atmosphere. There are 3 double bedrooms with the possibility of using 2 extra beds, 3 bathrooms and a toilet, a spacious living room with the fireplace, a dining room and a fitted kitchen. Furthermore, it has a large covered terrace with a barbecue. Guests can enjoy a private swimming pool which is placed in the courtyard. The house is surrounded by 3000 m2 of private land that is available to the guests and there is also a private parking space.
September and October are very intersting months to visit the fascinating town of Buzet. It is during this time of the year that the town of Buzet celebrates its rich history of folklore and food. The old town - embraced by protective city walls - steps back in time and old handicraft masters, blacksmiths, peasants with donkeys, soldiers, brass bands, musicians with accordions, bakers and many other forgotten artisans take over. The celebrations of “Subotina” last for the whole weekend (the second weekend of September) and the party goes on till late in the night.
October is locally known as the “truffle season” and many events in Buzet and surrounding areas are dedicated to these “magic mushrooms”. You can experience truffle hunting with the professional truffle hunter who is going to show you how to find truffles with the help of the well-trained dogs. The best way of ending the story about truffles would be to order a meal in one of the ''Tartufo vero'' restaurants and buying some in the truffle shops.
Left on 08/24/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
From the moment we arrived and were met by Branko and antonia we knew we had made a good choice. The house is beautiful, with a wonderful location and top class features. The views across fig trees to medieval hilltop towns are spectacular. You cantell the way the hosts look after the house and their guests this is a special place to them and we can't recommend it highly enough.
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