Merisce, Istria & Kvarner Riviera

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This village house and barn was renovated and substantially reconstructed to form a luxury villa built in traditional style and incorporating original features. The villa has stunning views from an excellent vantage point on a high ridge. The property together with an adjoining unrenovated building of similar size is for sale. .




Merisce is one of those rare places where a sense of peace and tranquility prevails. The village of some 45 houses is set along a ridge 250 metres above sea level and provides breathtaking views in all directions. The road through the village becomes a farm track and footpath leading to a delightful chapel. There is no through traffic.

The principal town of the area, Buje, is only six kilometres away and is easily reached via a scenic rural road. Buje provides for all shopping and other services, and is itself a charming historic town.

Eating Out

This region of Istria is studded with excellent restaurants of the highest quality as well as bars and café serving simpler fare.

The town of Momjan, and the landmark ruined tower of its 13th century castle, provide a picturesque view to the east.

Momjan - 13th Century Tower
Momjan -13th Century Tower

Momjan which boasts excellent restaurants, a shop and a post office is only a few minutes drive away. Similar distance is the village of Kremenje and the highly regarded Restaurant Marino. These local restaurants offer many dishes based on truffles, the surrounding area being one of the principal truffle regions in Europe. 10 to 15 minutes drive takes you to other mediaeval hilltop towns.

Of particular interest are Groznjan, an ancient medieval settlement now restored as a centre for arts and music; Oprtalj, a fortified town with a 16th century church and spectacular views over the surrounding countryside; and Motovun, the most commercially developed of the hilltop towns which has a wider range of shops and cafes.


Excellent wines are produced in the area and well marked wine routes lead you through beautiful countryside to wineries where you can sample some of the best Croatian wines. Notable is the Kosolovic winery only 3 minutes drive from Merisce.

The principal town of the area, Buje, is no more than 6 kilometres from Merisce, and provides for all shopping and other sevices.

The Adriatic coast clearly visible from Merisce's vantage point is some 10 kilometres distant at its closest point. The popular coastal resorts of Umag and Novigrad are approximately 20 km distant. The fortification and walls around the medieval old town of Novigrad are well preserved and a walk through the narrow streets is as rewarding as a swim in the clear waters outside the town walls. Umag also has a charming old town reflecting the architecture and culture of the Venetians who controlled this town during the middle ages. Venice itself is a feasible daytrip from Merisce - less than 3 hours drive. Other towns on the Istrian coast of particular interest are Porec, Vrsar and Rovinj.



Umag is also an important sports centre, particularly for tennis, hosting the Croatian ATP tennis championships every July. Motuvun hosts an annual international film festival and Groznjan is the focus of regular musicial events. The region's Roman and Venetian heritage is well displayed in its rich architecture.



Pula Airport

Ryanair flies from London Stansted, Brussels and Frankfurt. Thomson fly to Pula from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. Germanwings fly direct to Pula from Cologne and Berlin. Croatia Airlines flies to Pula with connections via Zagreb and direct from London and some European destinations. There are direct flights to Pula by low cost operators from many European cities including, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Oslo Stockholm, Prague, Madrid and Barcelona. Intersky fly from Fredrichshafen. Check the Pula airport website for the full flight schedule

Rijeka Airport

Fly to Rijeka airport on the island of Krk. Ryanair flies from London-Stansted and Stockholm. Croatia Airlines flies direct from Heathrow to Rijeka. Rijeka has direct flights from the Baltic states, several German cities, Austria and from Israel. See Rijeka Airport website for a full schedule of inward flights.

via Italy - Trieste, Treviso and Marco Polo, Venice.

Ryanair flies daily to Trieste in north Italy from London-Stansted. There are also flights from Birmingham, Brussels, Dusseldorf and Valencia. Trieste airport is 1 hour drive from the Croatia/Slovenia border.

Slightly further away, but still within reach, there are regular flights by Ryanair from many European cities to Treviso (just north of Venice). Easyjet, British Airways and many other operators fly to Venice (Marco Polo Airport). A couple of days in Venice makes a great two centre holiday. There are more exotic options which will allow you to tour in Italy and Croatia. For example cross by ferry from Ancona in Italy to Zadar or Split.

via Slovenia - Ljubljana

Another option is to fly Easyjet to Ljubljana in Slovenia (1 hour drive from the Croatian border). This route opens up the option of a day or two in the beautiful Slovenian lakes of Bled and Bohinj. Check the Ljubljana airport website