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Visitor Information -- Every town in Green Istria has its own tourist information center, though some offices in smaller towns have limited hours and are difficult to find. To help visitors get the most out of their trip, the Istria Tourist Board (www.istra.hr; tel. 052/452-797)has produced some exceptional materials. These include attractive publications on farmhouse stays, cultural itineraries, wine roads, olive oil roads, and truffle-hunting opportunities. Many other topics are also covered by the association, whose main office is in Poreč at Pionirska 1.

Getting There -- No matter how you get to Istria—by plane to Pula, by boat to one of the coastal cities, or by bus to Pazin—you will need a car to thoroughly explore the inland area unless you are on a guided excursion.

Getting Around -- Most towns in Inland Istria are small; one of them, Hum, is known as the smallest town in the world. The main attractions in all of Istria’s inland towns can be accessed on foot, although note that many sites are extremely hilly and must be approached by walking over irregular cobblestone streets. To get to Motovun, for example, you have to leave your car at the bottom of a steep street and walk more than a quarter of a mile uphill. Some of the smaller towns are quite remote, so driving your own car is the only practical way to cover the territory between them.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.