Travelling along the East coast of Istra by Rijeka - Pula road, you come upon beautiful and unique sightseeings of the island of Cres and Kvarner Bay. The scenery may include ferryboats taking cars and passengers across the bay to Porozina on the island of Cres. St. Catherine’s church, located in Baći, marks the border point with the community of Mošćenićka Draga.To fully experience the beauty of this area, make a stop at Point Mašnjak (Pax Tecum) and enjoy the view from the sightseeing plateau near the restaurant.
A few kilometers away, you will find Plomin, a small town overlooking the Plomin Bay, the town with deep roots in the past. In Roman times Flanona was inhabited and prosperous. The town proudly keeps partially preserved city wall from 13th century, and fortifications built later, between 14th and 17th ct. Do not miss visiting this town and enjoy the views it offers. The Parish church of Blessed Virgin Mary of the late Gothic period, is situated near the town. This church is also known as St. George Junior, from 1474, with carved golden altar from 17th ct. Its treasure is best illustrated by artistic wood carvings, liturgical silverware, other artifacts made of silver or gold plated as well as by the late Gothic fresco depicting our Lady of Sustenance by Albert of Constanz on the Boden Lake. On the town border, overlooking the Plomin Bay, 11th century Church of Saint George Senior is located. Southern wall of the church contains one of the jewels of Croatian culture in this area, a carving from 11th - 13th century, with Glagolitic inscription. End of May is the season for Istrian bluebell (Campanula Istriaca Feer), an endemic species with beautiful purple-blue bell shaped flowers. This flower can be found on church walls, on fronts and balconies of its buildings, by the windows and gates of this town, turning the walls into hanging gardens.
Travelling from Plomin down to Plomin Port (a small fishing village), you will find remains of about twenty watermills. In 19th century they were used to produce flour and to wash wool. Once upon a time Plomin Port was an important seaport, roviding main link between the islands of Cres and Lošinj, and mainland. Two thermal power stations are located nearby.
Continuing a few kilometers north, and passing Vozilići, on the road for Pazin, you will find Kršan, a small town which is the seat of the same community. You can reach the old town on foot or by car. The first mention of this castle is in 1274. Its name dates back in 15th century, when it became the property of the nobles Kerstlein de Pisino. In the middle of 19th century, an important artifact was found hidden within the walls. It is a transcript of “Istarski razvod”, a medieval legal document which regulated various property issues of that time. In the 17th century, a two-nave parish church of Saint Anthony was built. Also, a noteworthy sacral object with Glagolitic inscriptions, is located in the church of St. Jacob, situated near the town cometery. On the floor of of the same church there are gravestones from 15th,16th and 17th centuries, with the gravestone of Julius of Kršan from 1415 . which includes coat of arms of former Kršan owners .
On the foothill of Mount Učka, you may find the castle of Kožljak, which dates back to 1102. Today there are just remains of the fortress and ruins of St. Hadrian’s church. This castle used to be near the lake that was dried in 1932. These slopes of Mount Učka are registered as a protected national park. Since 1996, Kršan’s Heritage Society, “Ivan Fonović Zlatela” has been promoting original Istrian dance and music.
Ancient fresco paintings are also preserved in churches in Jasenovik (church of Saint Quirinus) and Nova Vas (Holy Spirit church). On the outskirts of the Ćepić field, there is a locality with the same name. The ancient Paulin monastery, built in 1287, is the oldest in Istra. In the year 1782 its priests left for Novi Vinodolski and Crikvenica. After that, the monastery kept changing its owners, but is still preserved today, together with the well in the middle of its yard.
Potpićan is the most recently constructed town in Istra, near the coal-mine, which is now closed. The Pastoral center “Good Shepherd” is a monument of recent past.
Šušnjevica is a small place located on the road between Učka tunnel and Vozilići. Its heritage is unique due to presence of Istro-Romanians, Eiribirians, or Vlachs who managed to preserve their unique dialect. Not far from here, ancient Brgud attracts para-gliding fans.
Brdo is a village located on the hill between Šušnjevica and Ćepić. Its parish dates back to 11th century.The church of St.George was constructed in 1622, and renovated at the end of 19th century. Main altar carries statues of Saint Michael, Saint George, Saint Peter and Paul. Church tower is 35 meters tall.The nearby church of Saint Helen was renovated in 1895.
You can visit all these places using well-marked bike-routes. Kršan area offers hunting tourism as well.
After the tour, you can conclude your visit by lunch or dinner in one of our restaurants offering local specialties such as: meat and seafood dishes, asparagus, truffles, ”krafi” (local pasta variety) etc. Lodging is available in one of households offering rooms, apartments and village accommodation.