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  • Jakovlja

    26.07.2019 - 27.07.2019

    Kanfanar

    Folk festival and Istrian cattle fair


    Folk festival and Istrian cattle fair

    Today a folk festivity, once a fair on St. Jacob's Day, Jakovlja truly has a long tradition. With the aim of preserving Istrian folk heritage, the local fair ground in Kanfanar becomes the venue for the traditional fair of Istrian oxen that takes place on Jakovlja. The Istrian ox descends from the extinct primeval ox that was once prevalent in Istria. This ox of pure breed is believed to be the largest mammal in Europe and one of the most beautiful in the whole world. It is well known as a meek animal that has always been the most important farm animal in Istria. Boškarini graze and browse on almost everything on this soil, so thanks to them forests and pastureland once looked like parks.

    The parade of Istrian oxen is the most entertaining part of St. Jacob’s Day in Kanfanar. The long tradition of celebrating St. Jacob’s Day begins with a rare parade of oxen, accompanied by a brass band and majorettes. Some of the oxen draw old farm waggons, carrying folk singers and dancers, wine barrels and ploughs. The nostalgic scene of past times and customs passes through Kanfanar to the site where the cattle are weighed, with the heaviest animal winning first prize. An ox-ploughing competition takes places on a nearby field for the best score in obedience. The merry parade then heads back to the fairgrounds, where a jury examines each head of cattle in the beauty category. Finally, winners in all three categories are announced. Adding to the fun of the parade, folk music and dance are a variety of daylong activities, such as bicycling, a bocce ball tournament, a clay pigeon shooting contest and a selection of gastronomic specialties.

    Info:

    TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3, Kanfanar
    info@istria-kanfanar.com

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  • Fužijada

    27.07.2019

    Kanfanar-Canfanaro, Trg (Square)

    Gastronomic event

    Trg (Square)

    Gastronomic event

    Since the beginning of the 20th century, when Grandma Luca accidentally knead fuzi because she wanted to surprise her dear guest with an unusual homemade pasta, Istrian cuisine is not the same. Discover the story behind the most famous Istrian pasta, get your senses captivated with flavors and tastes of local homemade cuisine and dare to join the adventure of finding the golden fuz.

    Info:

    TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3, Kanfanar
    info@istria-kanfanar.com

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  • Recreational bicycle race Jakovlja

    27.07.2019

    Kanfanar (Canfanaro)

    Recreational bicycle race


    Recreational bicycle race

    The people of Kanfanar devote special attention to their youngest inhabitants and friends. This is why they organise their famous children's cycling recreational race to celebrate the traditional Jakovlja folk festival.

    The organiser, Axa Cycling Club, has adapted the trail for the youngest participants so that it is just 10 km long with an insignificant altitude difference of 30 m. The race passes on an asphalt road, and young cyclists start and finish their adventures in Kanfanar passing through Marići as well.

    Enrolments can be made through our e-mail address grafika@pu.t-com.hr or just before the start of the race, which is scheduled for the end of July.

    Info:

    Općina Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3, Kanfanar +385 (0)52 825 244
    info@visitkanfanar.hr

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  • Dvigrad Storytelling Tour

    08.08.2019

    Kanfanar


    Explore Dvigrad under the guidance of a friar and meet the amazing Captain Morgan who will reveal the secrets of history of this former medieval city. The friar, as the only inhabitant of Dvigrad, will tell you about the population, history, legends, families and cultural heritage of Dvigrad.

    An interpreting walk will revive the medieval town and take you on a journey through the time that ends in the basilica where the pirate Henry Morgan will appear and tell the story of the hidden treasure in Istria. Awaken emotions through fabulous storytelling and meet Dvigrad in a different way.

    Reservations: info@visitkanfanar.hr

    Info:

    TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3 +385 (0)52 825244 +385 (0)52 825244
    info@istria-kanfanar.com

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  • Dvigrad Storytelling Tour

    22.08.2019

    Kanfanar


    Explore Dvigrad under the guidance of a friar and meet the amazing Captain Morgan who will reveal the secrets of history of this former medieval city. The friar, as the only inhabitant of Dvigrad, will tell you about the population, history, legends, families and cultural heritage of Dvigrad.

    An interpreting walk will revive the medieval town and take you on a journey through the time that ends in the basilica where the pirate Henry Morgan will appear and tell the story of the hidden treasure in Istria. Awaken emotions through fabulous storytelling and meet Dvigrad in a different way.

    Reservations: info@visitkanfanar.hr

    Info:

    TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3 +385 (0)52 825244 +385 (0)52 825244
    info@istria-kanfanar.com

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  • Zakantajmo istrijanske kante

    14.09.2019

    Barat (Kanfanar-Canfanaro)

    Musical event

    19:00 h


    Musical event

    One of the most valuable things of Istrian cultural heritage is a specific folk song singing style, so-called “singing at thin and thick”. As such, the two part narrow intervals of Istrian and Croatian coast are included in the UNESCO representative list of intangible cultural heritage, which has become one of the 13 intangible Croatian assets protected by this organisation. In order to preserve the traditional Istrian folk singing, people can visit the manifestation “Sing the Traditional Istrian songs” in September in Barat, where this specific and unique type of folk singing is heard.

    The authentic Istria has been created from generation to generation, with family gatherings around a fire place. To experience this, one should come and see the Kantadurs of Barat, where singing verses were taught by grandparents underneath the open sky, at the bottom of the Saint Peter in Chains church.

    Info:

    TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3, Kanfanar T. +385 (0)52 825244
    info@istria-kanfanar.com

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  • Dvigrad Festival

    14.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

    Dvigrad-Duecastelli, Kanfanar-Canfanaro, Bazilika svete Sofije, Crkva sv. Silvestra

    Early music festival

    Bazilika svete Sofije, Crkva sv. Silvestra

    Early music festival

    In the early Middle Ages two towns existed here, of which only one, Dvigrad-Duecastelli, was populated throughout the entire medieval period, until the 17th century. Its exciting history started with a Roman settlement and continued with various owners in the middle ages. In the middle of the 17th century Istria was hit by black plague and malaria so the last three families left Dvigrad in 1714. The town with two rings of walls, several ramparts and remains of the early Christian church of St Sophia will be, just for short, awaken again with sounds of this early music festival.

    Info:

    TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3, Kanfanar
    info@istria-kanfanar.com

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  • MTB bicycle ride Kanfanar

    28.09.2019

    Kanfanar-Canfanaro

    Recreational cycling tour


    Recreational cycling tour

    An indispensable part of the Kanfanar Municipality Day is also a recreational cycling race specially organised to celebrate the local ceremony.

    The trail is quite long, up to 30 km, and is largely ridden on macadam roads.

    Info:

    BK AXA, TZ Kanfanar
    Trg Marka Zelka 3, Kanfanar
    info@visitkanfanar.hr

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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
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  • 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.

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