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Moscenicka Draga / Mošćenička Draga
Where mountains and sea are one, where the lush green colour changes into a deep blue and the mighty gorges transform into
gentle pebbles, there is the territory of Mošćenica. Former Liburnija, home of the ancient navigators Liburns, is still
breathing in the rhythm of the sea and the past times. Every place has a distinctive charm, which will remain in your memory
for a long time. Mošćenička draga boasts beautiful beaches, old romantic villas and rich historical core. Mošćenice,
medieval town full of charm, is famous for its medieval architecture, but also for the single entrance into the city because
on all the other sides the gorges precipitate deep into the sea. Brseč offers a time machine to the old days, walking through
the narrow stone streets, the proud edifices, ancient castle and old churches. The old stone villages in the hinterland offer
fairy-tale atmosphere. Some have been abandoned for a long time and some still tell a story about the old Illyrian gods, as
does the old village Trebišće. This is a village deprived of sun, still in the shadow because of the eternal God of
Thunder, God Perun, at that time the supreme god whose name the hill Perun still bears today.
The area was inhabited in prehistoric times. In many places there are still visible remnants of old villages, forts, both on shore and on the hills. The peculiarity of all villages is that, because of the characteristic terrain, they were built exclusively on the slopes or along the edge of the field in order to allow for as much arable land as possible. The territory is known as Liburnija according to the population of Liburni, excellent farmers and specially skilled sailors from this region whose speed boats were well known all around. After the arrival of the Romans, after many skirmishes, the Liburni population were defeated by the Romans. The Romans, impressed by their boats, inserted them in their war fleet and called them Liburnians. The Roman rule brought the expansion and improvement of existing settlements and construction of new towns. In the 7th century, the Croats came to this territory and one hundred years later became part of Croatia. In early 12th century, after the fall of the Croatian state, Liburnija became part of the German Empire. In the 15th century, the territory belonged to the family of the Habsburgs under which it remained until the 17th century when the territory was passed on to the Jesuits from Rijeka. The year 1848 brings the end of feudalism and makes way for new modern times. After the short French rule, the territory became a part of Hungary Austrian Empire during whose reign the revival of this region began. The Italian government, like in other parts of Istria, brought a difficult period that lasted until the liberation in 1945, when the territory became an integral part of the former Yugoslavia and finally a part of Croatia in 1991.
Carnival - a traditional carnival, 19.02.-21.02.
Ready to feel some adrenaline? Try something fun and new – visit the best adventure park in Istria – Glavani Park. All those who are brave enough, (or feel like they want to be brave ), regardless of their age, will enjoy themselves swinging about amongst the trees.
Get to Croatia by flying to Venice. Venezia Lines departs daily from Venice to all major resorts in Istria. Day trip tickets available to Venice, to make your Istrian holiday even more memorable.
Istra Inspirit is a series of events that revive history, Istrian myths and legends at authentic locations. Take an opportunity to experience extraordinary magical adventures possible only in Istria!
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