Almost every town holds folk, music, wine, and/or art festivals throughout the year.
|Barban – where regular markets and music festivals are held in the town square. It has also recently revived the ancient festival of Prstinac (the Ring), where horse riding competitors in traditional costume attempt to spear metal rings with their lances.|
|Motovun – which hosts a range of film and art festivals. There are Roman walls encircling the old town with stunning views of Istria, especially the Mirna valley, which every budding photographer will wish to capture. When visiting Motovun also take time to visit neighbouring Oprtalj and Livade - for the fabulous Istrian truffles. |
Istarske Toplice, famous for its spa baths, is also nearby.
|There are many fine churches and monasteries well worth a visit including -|
Beram just 5 kms from Pazin with its medieval chapel of St Mary’s. The interior of the chapel is decorated with amazing frescoes painted by Vincent of Kastav in 1474. The different panels show sequences from the life of Mary and Christ, the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem, the Last Supper, and figures of individual saints and symbolic scenes.
|Sv Peter u Sumi near Zminj whose central feature is the Pauline monastery. The nucleus of the complex is the cloister, enclosed by the two-story monastery building and the Church of St. Peter and Paul.|
|Pula – a variety of concerts, films festivals and plays are held in the amphitheatre throughout the summer.|
In addition, there are a wide range of museums, art galleries,