Mirna’s flow, in contrast to her name, which means “quiet”, begins with rapid waterfalls in the village of Kotli. Throughout the centuries, these rapid waters of Mirna have created the crevices after which the village of Kotli was named. In this village, long ago, people built and operated mills. Today, the village is abandoned, but the waterfalls of Mirna, which are especially beautiful in the spring, are certainly a reason to visit. Hum, the smallest city in the world, is also hiding here. In addition to Hum and Kotli, you should also visit Motovun, Oprtalj and Grožnjan, medieval towns on the hills surrounding Mirna: all offer wonderful views of its green valley. I certainly recommend drinking your morning coffee on the walls of Motovun and observing the small clouds of fog rising from the river in the morning.
In Buje, a light, cycling path begins and continues down the Mirna river valley for 3 and a half hours of riding. Part of it follows right along the river and the famous Motovun Woods. Then the trail goes through Brtonigla, famous for its top wines. Do not forget that you are riding a bike, so take that tasty sip with you, rather than in you!
Kayaks on Mirna
For lovers of other means of transport, Mirna can also be explored via kayaks. The tour can last up to 4 hours, and kayaks can be rented in places along the river. The river has also been recognized by various professional kayakers in calm waters, who come to do sports preparations in Northwestern Istria.
The Animal World
During a drive by the mouth of Mirna, it is impossible not to notice the diverse animal world. At the place where the river flows into the sea, brackish water is formed, the kind that animals like eels and various shellfish especially love. The latter are the most frequent reason for my visiting this part of Istria, because thanks to Mirna, the water around Novigrad abounds with marvelous seafood, and local restaurants prepare them in the most delicious ways. Such booming life attracts various birds, and sometimes, in the migration season, it is possible to see some pink flamingos here as well. So, take you binoculars and away to Novigrad!