Boškarin, the autochthonous Istrian ox with huge horns, has always been the most important farm animal in Istria. It has been used for plowing and pulling carts, whereas the popular expression boškarin originates from the pet name once commonly used for almost all such oxen.

Every year on St. Jacob's Day - Jakovlja, Kanfanar is the venue for the traditional fair where the best boškarin is chosen. At 5 pm they leave the fairground and pass through Kanfanar, heading towards the cattle scales where each boškarin is weighed. In the nearby small valley each ox tries the skill of ploughing with traditional ploughs, with only one ox, in pairs and even two pairs. After ploughing, cattle return to the fairground where the best ox is chosen, as well as winners in certain disciplines.

Stancija Boškarin
Višnjan, Zagrebačka 21
+385 (0)91 527 2683
by appointment


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.