What brings me to Krasica is my love of the tradition of olive oil production. True, a while has passed since I last took part in the olive picking with my family, but I have never lost my affection for this divine product. What does Krasica have to do with olive oil? A lot! This village, located between Grožnjan and Buje, is famous for its olive oil production. All of Krasica lives and breathes olive oil and sharing the knowledge of the trade of its production. Most importantly, it is the host to one of the oldest olive oil fairs in Croatia, the Oleum Olivarium, a renowned international affair as well. Krasica is surrounded by lovely hills covered in olive trees and grapevine, which gently descend to the valley of the river Mirna and all the way to the sea. If you happen to come across this village, what you will see first is a line of trees along the road – olive trees, of course!
When I think of Momjan, the first thing that comes to my mind is the view of the old Momjan Castle. But what really draws me to this village near Buje is its cuisine; home-made, local cuisine. Regardless of which corner of Northwest Istria I might be in at the moment, I can always get in my car and head, for example, to the taverns Rino or Stari podrum. The tastes and the aromas of authentic Istrian cuisine, which have been nurtured here for years are hard to resist, and easy to keep coming back to. The area of Momjan hides two more gems, two excellent wineries, each unique in its own way. A few minutes drive from Stari podrum you will find the Kozlović Winery, for which I have nothing but words of praise. I love it because every time I go there, I learn something new, and I taste something new as well. A bottle of Santa Lucia that I took home with me on one occasion is long gone, while the bottle of Violeta Kozlović awaits a special occasion. Kabola Winery is a place where I can see myself spending the entire day, with a glass of the Momjan Muscat. There is something so soothing about the view of the nearby vineyards…
On the very border with Slovenia, next to the Dragonja border crossing, you will find Kaštel towering over it. I have to admit that I have yet to visit this village in the interior of Northwest Istria, but I plan to do it the very next time I get a chance. Why? First and foremost because of the stunning views! As the acquaintances whom I share my experiences and impressions about this corner of Istria tell me, from the hill where Kaštel is located, you can enjoy the views of the coast next to Savudrija, the river Dragonja as it flows into the Adriatic Sea on the border between Croatia and Slovenia, and Portorož on the coast of Slovenia. These are reasons enough for me to come and visit this hill village the next time I am in Northwest Istria.