Motovun Forest and Istarske toplice

Indigenous alluvial hardwood forest. A very valuable region with respect to natural science, economics (truffles), cultural history (St. Mark’s Forest) and tourist.

Motovun Forest stretches along the valley of the River Mirna and is the best-known site for finding truffles, subterranean fungi, which are claimed to have aphrodisiac qualities. It is the habitat of the largest and most prized of all truffles – the white truffle. The Istrian white truffle is known for its unique taste and exquisite aroma owing to specific local climatic conditions.

Nearby are the thermal springs of Istarske toplice, a spa rich in healing spring waters.


Entrance tickets: free entrance
Opening hours: non-stop

Public Institution Natura Histrica
JU-EP Natura Histrica
Riva 8, HR-52100 Pula-Pola
T. +385 (0)52 351 520


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.