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Funtana
Funtana, once a modest village of fishermen, has become one of the most famous resorts in Istria. With a carefully preserved appearance of a small Mediterranean town, with a fertile sunny land where quality wine and olive varieties are grown, the most indented coast of the Istrian peninsula, fragrant pine forests that hovers over the beautiful bays and a rich gastronomic offer, Funtana carries with merit a high recognition as the most touristic small place on the Adriatic. It was named after the rich water resources a long time ago, which even today refresh this truly beautiful area. The seduction of Funtana and the richness of its resources attracted even the ancient Romans who built their villas here, celebrating this beautiful place. By garlands, wreaths of leaves and fruits that hang on the horns of ox skulls, we discover that, in the ancient times, Funtana was a wealthy place.

The fishing tradition still exists today, as the sea that washes its shores is very rich in fish. On the tables of Funtana, there are unique genuine flavors and original ways of preparing seafood, homemade pasta and forest tastes which are accompanied by excellent wines, especially Malvasia and Teran. The residents of Funtana are known for their diligence and hospitality, giving special attention to each visitor as a welcoming friend.

History
According to some findings, the territory of Funtana was inhabited in the late Neolithic age and its shores have been inhabited 4000 years before the new era. The Roman period brought prosperity and development to Funtana. Apart from the found remains of villas, baths, saltpans and various objects from that period, there are still visible remains of centuriation, marked with stone walls. The Middle Ages brought feudalism and in the records is written that Funtana was independent. After, Funtana became property of the Ostrogoths, Byzantines and then of the Carolingian order and then passed into the hands of the bishop of Poreč. Funtana was for the first time explicitly mentioned in 1331 as Fontana Georgiana. The city at the time was important because of the water, salt works, agriculture, fisheries and a few quarries present here. In the 15th and 16th century, many inhabitants of Funtana and surrounding areas lost their lives due to malaria.

The end of the 16th century for the former residents indicates time of war, famine and new masters. The famous castle and the parish church were built by Bernardo Borisi, the lord of Funtana, in the early 17th century and remained under the rule of the family until 1869, regardless of the new political events on the Istrian soil. In the 17th and 18th century, a large number of people from Albania and Montenegro moved here and quickly adopted the local language and customs. The 19th century was recorded as a very difficult period. Due to the collapse of the vine production and a bad connection with central Istria, the residents of Funtana suffered from famine, so there wasn’t a family that did not have to deal with fishing to feed its family. The arrival of the Italian government is a very difficult time, when Funtana tolerated fascist repression. After the Second World War, Funtana joined former Yugoslavia and finally the Republic of Croatia in 1991.


Recommendations
The parish church of St Bernard – from 1621, with a bell tower that stands 34 meters high, tombstone of earl Borisi and valuable picture of the Virgin and Child with Saints

Kaštel
- a renaissance castle with Baroque windows built in 1610 by the Earls of Borisi

The church of Saint Lucia
- built in 1740

The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy - Romanesque church from the 11th century, containing tombs from the 17th and 18th century

Church of Our Lady of Mount Caramel
- built in 1631, restored in 1907

Events
Labor Day Festival - Folk Festival - 01.06.

Fisherman's Festival
- Folk Festival - 11.06.

Coral groups
- music event - 29.06.

The Istrian night
- entertaining program - 20.07.

Sea and guitars, church St.Bernard
- musical evening - 27.07.

Jazz & Latin night, the square of St.Bernard
- musical evening - 17.08.

Feast of St.Bernard, Rotonda
- folk fest 21.08.

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