Things to Do

Our villa is a joy for anyone who loves fresh air, sport, great food, or sampling the atmosphere of an area that remains wonderfully unspoiled. We have listed many of the activities available to you below and if you would like any more information about these, feel free to contact us at any time. We are also able to put you in touch with a team of practitioners and transformational coaches who can organise a retreat at our villa, which could include massage, yoga, cooking, life management and such like, all aimed at renewing health and well-being. If you are interested in this and would like to learn more about ART OF LIFE retreats please click on the link.

If you would like any more information about these, feel free to contact us at any time.


Buzet's clay tennis courts are a short drive away and can be booked in advance. Many guests at our villa have taken lessons from the club professional.


A six-hole course and driving range are tucked away in a valley near Motovun and many shots are hit against a wonderful backdrop of the old Medieval town. Eighteen hole courses can be found on the eco-friendly Veli Brijun island, or on the Italian border near Trieste.


Istria has the largest peninsula in the Adriatic. The coast is a short drive from our villa, and provides opportunities to sail, swim, dive, and sample the very freshest seafood.

Hot Air Ballooning

Each May, Motovun hosts IstriaĆ­s annual hot air balloon festival. This isn't just spectacular to watch, but you have the opportunity to take an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over IstriaĆ­s wonderful countryside. Standing in the basket, hearing the roar of the hot air entering the balloon and watching the ground appear to get smaller and smaller beneath you is an experience that will live with you for ever.


Istria Deluxe villa is self-catering. However, temptation is never more than a few minutes away. The local restaurants are superb. This is the heart of truffle country. It also gets first pick of seafood fished from the Adriatic. We'll put you in touch with cosy, quiet restaurants, tucked away from the road. We can also arrange for a chef to to come and cook for you in your own villa.

Annual Film Festival

With its stone buildings and spectacular, unblemished views, Motovun itself could be a film set. In July every year, the town hosts a film festival. This is a five-day film marathon in which screenings run from 10am until 4am, with evening outdoor screenings and daily shows in theatres. It consists of approximately 70 titles from all over the world, from documentaries to feature films, from shorts to long forms, from guerilla made films to co productions. They all share a liberal, innovative attitude that is as refreshing as the Motovun air. If you miss the Motovun festival, there are a number of other cinematic events, including the Pula festival.


We provide a bicycle for every guest in each villa, so that you can explore the local hills as a group, and work up an appetite for your next huge meal.


Although our villa could not be in more quiet or serene spots, you are just a twenty minute drive from Pula's growing alternative scene which is based in Rojc by Gajeva.


There are endless opportunitites to walk around these wonderful hills. The roads are quiet, paths run around the back of the hills, and there is hardly a corner to turn that does not unveil a majectic view.


Venice is only a two hour trip by boat from the coast. We don't think you'll need us to sell you the attractions of Venice ... but this picture might just whet the appetite.