Croatia welcomes back, and Motovun, a small medieval town up on the hill, is getting closer.
And it’s up there.
There is a saying that the flying castle in Miyazaki Hayao’s fantastic animation “Laputa: Castle in the sky” was inspired by this town.
Couldn’t find any verifiable information on that, but the town is very genuine and cute in medieval fashion and worth visiting, anyways.
The sewer system is co-financed by EU pre-accession program.. And it’s the entrance to Motovun when turn left here.
The narrow vehicle path is for citizens and transport vehicles only, guarded by this rising bollard.
So UP is parked at the entrance of the town, right in front of cemetery.
The cemetery was beautiful with colorful flowers, overlooking the old town over the wall.
Very medieval feeling cobblestone paths are lil slippery when wet.
And how come there so many Renault 4 GTLs here?
I like this classic, a rival to Citroen 2CV back in those days, though.
After yet another car barrier,
The City gate opens up with even more medieval look and feel.
Venetian Lions shows the long history associated with Venetian influence from as early as the 9th century until the Istria peninsula had become part of the Habsburg Monarchy, later Austrian Empire, in 1797.
Parish Church of St. Stephen was built in the 17th Century.
There are a couple of small B&Bs and one hotel, Hotel Kastel, in the village.
The area surrounding Motovun is famous for Truffles – black and white.
The city walls are still solid and ready for strolling down with nice and cute views looking down.
Veli Joze, Big Joe, the good gentle giant from the local folktales is still here in a statue made with straws.
Another Venetian winged lion on display.
Motovun looks more impressive from afar. Would’ve been much better if the weather was right.
And if you’re interested in indie films, be sure to check out Motovun Film Festival, annually taking place here;