FUNTANA – MOTOVUN – BERAM – PAZIN – FUNTANA (100 km)
Let’s go to the Istrian hinterlands. There are some thirty kilometres to Motovun via Poreč, and Višnjan (famous for its Observatory), keep it straight and careful across the crossing Pula-Trieste, and in Karojba turn to the left.
Motovun is magnificently lifting on a lonely hill. The river Mirna floats lazy under the hill. In the famous Motovun wood a special mushroom-like plant is growing – the truffle. This fortified town in the heart of Istria is really impressive. You can enter it walking along the stone paved road through the gothic town gate straight to the large town square on which a parish church of St. Stephen and a fort-like bell tower stands.
Back to Karojba and then left to Beram via Kičer on the regional road Poreč-Pazin. Five kilometres before Pazin there is a sign pointing left to Beram. The road is steep, but it is worthwhile.
The graveyard is hiding a church of St. Mary on Skriljine with gorgeous frescoes painted by Vincent from Kastav in 1474. There are 46 different fresco themes, and the most beautiful among them are Deputation of The Kings, The wheel of Fortune and the Dance of the Dead.
Pazin is situated right in the centre of Istria, placed on the encounter line of the Grey, Red and White Istria. In the Pazin castle there is a unique collection of church bells, but its natural beauty is the Pazin Cave, Fojba, to which the only Istrian subterranean river Pazinčica flows.