But let me introduce to you this wonderful town of northwest Istria. You might change your opinion.
If you search tranquility and would like to offer yourself an escape from hustle and bustle, Brtonigla might just be that perfect spot you look for.
Here are all the reasons to make Brtonigla your base during your next visit to Istria.
1. Awesome food
Brtonigla is a home to some of the best restaurants in all Istria. I don’t think there is another place in Istria to offer such a choice of great places to dine out, especially considering the size of the town.
If you are in a mood for a special night out, head straight to fine dining restaurant San Rocco. Run by the same family as San Rocco, Food&Wine Primizia, located in the center of Brtonigla, offers casual dining with great choice of pizzas from wood-burning oven. Astarea, located on the main road, is extremely popular among locals and tourists for its convivial atmosphere, friendly owner, and awesome meat and seafood prepared on a large open fireplace. For a cozy, intimate dining choose the tavern & wine shop Zenon and let the staff take you on an Istrian culinary journey through their dishes. Carnivores will find themselves at ease at nearby tavern Morgan. And if game meat isn’t your cup of tea, just order some homemade pasta, or gnocchi, with truffles, forest mushrooms, or asparagus, and enjoy one of the best views you’ll come across in Istria.
Brtonigla is the only location in Istria where at one place you can find all four types of soil present in Istria (red, white, gray, and black). Thus, wines of Brtonigla are of a high quality, diverse and interesting.
Besides local superstars: white variety Malvazija Istarska and red variety Teran, winemakers of Brtonigla also cultivate international sorts like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
Popular winemakers from the area include: Capo Vina, Ravalico, Cattunar, Veralda, and many others.
3. Scenic roads
When exploring a region, it helps if sights and scenery along the roads are pretty. Whether you explore Brtonigla area by car, bicycle or on foot, you’ll love the scenery. The roads winds deep into vineyards, and olive groves, and pass through lovely villages.
4. Local feel
Unlike the neighboring coastal towns, Brtonigla feels very local. Leave bling-bling of a tourist resorts, and discover the real Istria, meet locals, and experience their way of life. So if you are in a search of true moments, authenticity, and know-how, experience Brtonigla.
Last, but not least, reason to visit Brtonigla is its perfect geographic location. Located in northwest Istria, just 20 minute drive from Slovenian-Croatian border, Brtonigla is easy reachable by car. Set on a hilltop, and surrounded by centuries old vineyards and olive groves, Brtonigla offers relaxed and peaceful environment to benefit from. And if you would like to feel the pulse of crowds, you don’t need to go far. Brtonigla is only 15 minute drive from the sea, and 10 minute drive from Istralandia, the first waterpark in Istria.