Istria is a prosperous, beautiful archeological, and historical destination, but if you want to experience it fully – explore its small, hidden gems. One of them is Vižinada, a picturesque Istrian place that attracts with its beauty, nature, activities, and historical sights.
According to the oldest records, this small Istrian town is more than 1000 years old. It is located 17 km northeast of Poreč and has often been used as a backdrop for historical films and series precisely because of its historical and romantic atmosphere.
Among the oldest sights, there is the ancient church of St. Marija from the 11th century, two wells from 1722, and the glorious narrow-gauge railway Parenzana, which has been revitalized in recent years. When visiting Vižinada you should not miss one of the most beautiful views in Istria, which extends to the Parenzana trail and river Mirna valley.
Today, the Parenzana railway is a signpost for travel through Istria, mostly through untouched and beautiful nature, and in Vižinada particularly through the Mirna river valley. Beautiful spring or summer days in this Istrian gem are ideal for walking or cycling, and getting to know all the natural beauties of this area.
If you find yourself in Istria at the end of September, you can also take part in the Parenzana recreational marathon, whose starting point is the center of Vižinada. Every year, this event gathers numerous cyclists of all ages who enjoy the 43-kilometer marathon. Along with sightseeing Vižinada, you pass through Karojba, Motovun, Istarske Toplice, Livade, and Ponte Porton. In the same month, the MTB Parenzana bike race is also held for those more experienced.
In addition to historical sights that you could explore through the day, Vižinada is surrounded by numerous olive groves and vineyards. Along with them, there are taverns that today perfectly combine tradition and originality. The municipality of Vižinada is one of the most wine-growing regions of Croatia with more than a million planted vines, whose winemakers have won numerous medals and awards for their wines for many years. In addition to Malvasia and Teran, Vižinada winemakers also produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gray, Muscat, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Festivals dedicated to wine, olive oil, and Istrian desserts speak the most about the excellence of olive growers, winemakers, and chefs of Vižinada.
Photo credit: www.vintagetravel.co.uk