Oprtalj, Istria & Kvarner Riviera

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A unique opportunity to purchase a fully renovated traditional stone house located in one of the most spectacular medieval hilltop towns in Central Istria.


Located in the centre of the historic hilltop town of Oprtalj this 3 bedroom townhouse is a complete reconstruction of a ruined building using the original stone and built to the same design incorporating traditional architectural features.

The house on two floors has a total internal floor area of 105 square metres. The ground floor comprises a large open plan area incorporating a kitchen, dining area and spacious sitting room. In addition there is a downstairs cloakroom and storage area.

Upstairs there are three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, one bathroom being ensuite to the principal bedroom.

The house is located in a central position with views across the town’s main square to the 16th century church. The walled garden incorporates a large covered loggia (29 square metres) and a small swimming pool making the property ideal for outdoor living.


Impression of the house and courtyard when complete:

Courtyard House

The two storey house is on the right. The single storey structure on the left is the large covered loggia.

Single Storey Two Storey House

The courtyard is enclosed by walls and will be landscaped containing a small pool and areas for sunbathing.

Back View Corner View



Oprtalj (known as Portole in Italian) is located on the crest of a hill at 378m (1240 feet) and from this high vantage point offers stunning views across the Istrian peninsula stretching coast to coast from Mount Ucka (above Rijeka ) in the east to the Adriatic coast in the west.

Oprtalj Church and Square

The site was occupied in prehistoric times and was a Roman military post. The present town was established during the medieval period and part of the original fortifications are now incorporated into houses built into the town walls. From 1420 to 1797 the town was controlled by the Venetian Republic. The parish church, set on the town square was built in the early 16th century with baroque features added in the 17th century. Oprtalj has kept its town walls and its medieval lay-out of narrow streets, tiny squares and arched passages. On visiting Oprtalj the overwhelming sensation is one of quiet and tranquillity coupled with a direct association with its medieval past. Local facilities include a bistro, a restaurant, a local shop/general store and a post office. There are a number of excellent restaurants within a short drive.

The Town Loggia
View From The Town Loggia
View From The Town Loggia

Food and Wine

The area around Oprtalj is one of the principal areas in Europe for finding truffles and the local restaurants specialise in providing dishes incorporating truffles. One of the most highly regarded restaurants in Istria, Gigante, is just 10 minutes drive down the hill to Livade. The annual truffle festival is also centred on Livade. Within a 15 minute drive from Oprtalj there is a wide selection of first class restaurants.

Excellent wines are produced in the area and well marked wine routes lead you through charming countryside to wineries where you can sample some of the best Croatian wines.


Central Istria is studded with hilltop towns many of which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Close to Oprtalj and of particular note is Motovun, at 277 metres and perched on a conical hilltop, the town has well preserved fortifications and elegant 16th and 17th century architecture. Mortovun is a popular tourist destination and features an annual film festival. Also of interest is Groznjan, an ancient medieval settlement now restored as a centre for arts and music and featuring art galleries, bars and restaurants.


Oprtalj is 30km from the western Adriatic coast. The popular coastal resorts of Umag, Porec, Novigrad, Vrsar and Rovinj range from 35 minutes to one hour drive time. To the east the elegant resort of Opatija , a popular resort from the days of the Austro Hungarian empire, is 70km distant.

Other places to visit

Further a field Venice is a feasible daytrip as are the spectacular caves at Postoinja in Slovenia. A days outing to go skiing Skiing is possible during the winter months. The closest ski resort is Platak (less than one and a half hours) in the mountains above Rijeka where the ski runs provide spectacular views over the Adriatic and Gulf of Kvarner. A little further inland is the Bjelolasica resort.



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