view-countries-simple.phtml

Grožnjan - A view from our expert author


Grožnjan, Istria by Istra PhotonetThe beautiful view from Grožnjan out to the coast © Istra Photonet

The self-styled ‘Town of Artists’ is full of little galleries and boutique shops selling art, handmade jewellery, wine and olive oil.

Grožnjan (Italian Grisignana) is, like Motovun, one of the more popular of the Istrian hill towns, helped no doubt by its relative proximity to the northwest coast. It is a pretty little town, with a well-preserved old medieval centre and fine views over the Mirna Valley. Despite having been left largely deserted after the Italian exodus that followed World War II, the municipality of Grožnjan today has a higher proportion of people describing Italian as their first language than anywhere else in Istria. Artists in particular were encouraged to move to the largely depopulated town from the late 1960s onwards, and today the self-styled ‘Town of Artists’ is full of little galleries and boutique shops selling art, handmade jewellery, wine, olive oil, etc. Full being a relative term, of course – Grožnjan, like other Istrian hill towns, is still a fairly sleepy place, and has fewer than 100 inhabitants.

Back to the top

Istria articles

View all

Five reasons to visit Istria

Istria's small size belies its many exceptional attractions and activities. Here are five of our favourites.

Read more...

Istria’s hilltop towns

Istria has characterful hilltop towns and villages, which will be a highlight of any visit to the region.

Read more...

Tasty Istria

One of the best reasons to visit Istria is the region's outstanding cuisine.

Read more...

Related guides and other books

View all