Squirrel Park in Umag
These inhabitants of Istria may be small in body, but they are no means such in spirit! Umag is home to many squirrels, which makes the city extremely proud. So proud that Umag has decided to draw the attention of visitors to the lively and always interesting animals by placing one of its forests, the one near the hotel Melia Coral, under protection.
The Motovun Forest
Motovun’s forest is home to one of the endemic species of amphibians of this area – the Italian agile frogs. This is a threatened animal species, which one may not disturb during a visit. It is also against the law to remove these timid animals from their habitat. This is a species that prefers to live in humid forest habitats instead of in water. Italian agile frogs have a white stripe starting above their upper lip and ending sharply around their eyes and this strip is how you tell them apart from ordinary forest brown frogs.
For those who have been fascinated by Batman since they were kids, the Mramornica Cave near Brtonigla is the place to go. The cave is one of the most beautiful subterranean sites in Istria and is the best place to get acquainted with that mystical species of the animal world – bats.
The Mouth of Mirna
Passionate birdwatchers will come into their own just a little further from the Motovun Forest, at the mouth of the Mirna river, around which the rich forest has developed. One of the few remaining wetlands in the Adriatic is a permanent home to numerous waterfowl species, but also a temporary stop for some really exotic species. If you are really lucky, it’s not impossible to meet the pink flamingo in the mouth of Mirna!