Picture a handful of traditional Istrian rural stone houses surrounded by rolling hills, farmland and olive groves - and you will have a picture of an Istrian Village.
According to Croatian census, there are over 500 villages in Istria, historically often formed by extended family households settling close by - which is also seen from many of Istrian vilage names such as Babici, Juricani, Radini, Lozari and so on. The average size of a village in Istria is only around 100 people. Some of larger villages could have over three houndred inhabitants , but there are also some villages with only couple of inhabitans - and a few villages that are today completely de-populated and deserted. Interestingly, today a person can even buy the whole Istrian village and a few uninhabited villages can be found on sale via local estate agents.
Istrian villages located on or close to the coast have by now mostly merged with nearby coastal towns, and became in effect towns's suburbs. On the contrast, villages little bit further inland have often remained in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by nature.
North-west Istria is not an exception to the above - there are close to fifty villages in areas around Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla and Buje. Featuring traditional Istrian stone house architecture, surrounded by olive groves, fertile fields and vineyards, and yet often being just 15 minutes drive from the coast - villages of North-west istria offer an interesting alternative for your Istrian holidays and are perfect agrotourism destination.
List of villages in north-western Istria
Villages around Umag
- Crveni Vrh
- Sveta Marija na Krasu
Villages around Novigrad
Villages around Brtonigla
Villages around Buje