West gate - from outside

Exploring Istria: the bronze age town of Monkodonja

There are over 300 Bronze Age hillforts around Istria, of which Monkodonja is one of the most impressive. Not simply for the glorious location  and the massive defensive walls, but the careful interpretive boards that really help you to visualise what it was like when it was inhabited. Monkodonja means Quince Mountain in the local…

Temples and workshops

Exploring Istria: back in time to Nesactium

From the top of Istria, we now headed back in time to try and find a glimpse of the Histri, the iron-age tribe after which Istria is named. Displaced by the Romans in 177 BC, their last stand was at the hill-fort of Nesactium (or Vizače in the Istrian dialect). The site takes a bit…

Top of Učka

Exploring Istria: on top of Mt Učka

Where better to start a visit to Istria than standing on its highest peak, from where you can pretty much see all of the peninsula laid out before you. On a clear day, all the way to the Italian coast!  The coastal range of Učka (1396 m = 4580 ft) is the stunning backdrop for…