Hidden in the northern part of Istria between Pazin and Buzet lies the picturesque village of Kotli. Due to its isolation, the village of Kotli has kept its rural 19th century look. Long time ago, the river Mirna made indentations in the limestone, after which this settlement got its name.
What makes Kotli particularly special are river rapids, waterfalls and pools. Waterfalls and turquoise pools create a must visit natural phenomenon site, especially when it rains as this place turns into a real natural spa oasis. This magical place is ideal for swimming, but keep in mind that during the summer, due to the drought, the pools dry up. Although the village was abandoned 40 years ago, there are many tourists visiting this natural phenomenon.
When the village was still settled, there were 60 mills in function making it an economically prosperous region, but there is only one still working today. Eventually, the village was abandoned in the 60s by the last remaining families in pursuit of a better life.
When visiting make sure not to miss the tavern “Kotlic” which offers a fantastic view of the turquoise pools and top Istrian specialties. It is the only restaurant you’ll find there and it will provide a good refreshment after a swim in the river.
Be aware that the village is reached by a narrow road and you may need hiking shoes to get to the waterfalls, but this is exactly what makes it a hidden Istrian gem.
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