1. Warm up with a walk – and some wine – in Novigrad
Technically, it’s still October, but the forecast calls for a sunny weekend in Istria, and so… A nice long walk with gorgeous vistas, coupled with a few nibbles and glasses of wine – sounds like a great way to usher in the new month, right? The popular event Wine & Walk by the Sea will see its 4th instalment this Saturday in Novigrad.
The scenic 10km route will first take you through vineyards and olive groves, and then along the coast, providing a splendid view of the Novigrad city centre. Winemakers and restaurateurs from the area will be showcasing their specialties at six tasting stops along the way, plus a surprise stop halfway through.
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Gourmet delicacies will be presented by local caterers Sergio, Kod Marice, La Taverna, Half 8 and Konoba Nino, with dessert provided by Ošo bakery. Each stop has a wine pairing, courtesy of winemakers Moreno Ivančić, Stancija Fava, Leonardo Palčić, Ghira, Vino P&P – Pervino, and Vina Demark.
The walk begins in the morning at Kastanija beach where participants can register and collect their tasting glass together with a map of the trail. Departures are scheduled every 20 minutes.
When: Saturday, October 30th. Registration 8.30 AM – 12PM
Where: Kastanija beach (start and finish), 3km north of Novigrad
Note: attendance is only possible with a Covid certificate or a negative rapid antigen test result no older than 48 hours. Tickets, pricing and the full schedule available at Colours of Istria.
2. Go out on the town in Pula
Image source: Dođi u grad – Vieni in città
Well… It’s more like, Come to town!, but you sure can amp it up and paint the town red. Jokes aside, the city center in Pula is turning into a massive venue for a plethora of fun activities and events over the next few weekends. Live music, stand-up shows, food & wine, art, film screenings, sports, workshops and many other things await visitors from Thursday to Saturday each week in November.
When: Oct. 28-30, Nov. 4-6, 11-13, 18-19
Where: several locations in Pula, see map
3. Visit the Book Fair(y) in Pula
The book fairy’s coming to town for the second time in 2021! After the belated 2020 edition that took place earlier this year, the beloved literary event is returning to Pula for its regular annual instalment in the second half of November.
The Book Fair(y) in Pula traditionally features more than 300 publishers from Croatia and the region, and is visited by over 60,000 lovers of literature each year. The fair’s program is always built around a central theme, and this time around, it’s Love: during the ten-day event, panels and discussions will be questioning whether the timeless phenomenon still makes the world go round.
Image source: Sanjam knjige
This year, the book fair in Pula breaks its decades-long tradition by changing venues from the Austro-Hungarian palace of Marine-Kasino to the former textile factory Arena Trikotaža. Part of the program will also take place at The Shipyard Pub, located on the same street. Numerous Croatian and international writers will be attending the ten-day event, so make sure to check out the full program once it’s released. If you’re not up for panels and the like, you can simply enjoy strolling around the fair and buy a good book or two.
When: November 19th – 28th
Where: ex. Arena Trikotaža / The Shipyard Pub – St Theodor Passage 1, Pula
4. Explore the flavours of autumn in Brtonigla
Colder months call for hearty meals, and as the temperatures continue to drop, we could all use a nice bowl of pumpkin soup.
Image source: Ruth Georgiev / Unsplash
Luckily, with autumn in full swing, food markets in Istria are bursting with the best seasonal produce the region has to offer. Mushrooms, truffles, pumpkin, chestnuts, quince and pomegranate are on the menu in several restaurants participating in the Flavours of Autumn, a month-long gourmet event in Brtonigla.
Food & Wine Primizia and konobas Astarea, Morgan and Silvano prepared menus featuring delicious filling dishes inspired by the autumn season, paired with Istrian wines and olive oils, and available at promotional prices. Check out the menus here … and don’t wait too long to book a table.
When: Oct 15 – Nov. 21
5. …and keep exploring all flavours of Istria at the Open Days of Agritourism
You didn’t think this list would only have one gourmet item? We’re in Istria, after all – so even if you don’t get a chance to visit Brtonigla in November, culinary temptations await all over the region.
The Open Days of Agritourism will take place over four weekends in November, with twelve agricultural estates participating in the 11th annual instalment of the popular manifestation. Family-run farms will be offering menus based on their own produce and paired with other locally sourced delicacies. It’s a truly authentic experience of traditional Istrian cuisine: grown, raised, harvested, prepared, cooked, baked and served by the hard-working hosts.
Most agricultural estates in Istria also offer accommodation, and there’s plenty to do for a weekend. Kids will enjoy meeting cute farm animals, there are various hiking and cycling trails for the whole family to explore, and after a long day out, there’s always a delicious full plate to get back to.
When: November 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
Where: Agricultural estates Cerovac, Dušani, Giovanna Allegra, Montižel, Ograde, Pineta, Sia, Stara Štala, Štefanić, Ondina, Pod Čripnjom, Stancija Buršić
Booking in advance is recommended. More info available here (Croatian only, more details to follow).