Groznjan – the artist abode!
A small quaint town, Groznjan is basically a 14th century Venetian fortress which is now a thriving art colony in Istria. This artist town comes alive during the summer months when students and artists throng the place to attend various music workshops, jazz and other musical concerts.
Groznjan makes for a great day trip from the surrounding towns in Istria. You can easily visit Groznjan from Poreč and Rovinj and does not really need a stay to explore the area. We stopped over in Groznjan on our way to Motovun and loved wandering about the streets, visiting numerous art galleries and enjoying some wine. If you are travelling in summer season, you will enjoy the calm atmosphere here with way less tourists as compared to Rovinj and other cities.
Options to plan your visit
We visited Groznjan on our way to Motuvun. I have listed a few options that you can consider while planning your visit to this town:
During summer season, a number of cultural events are arranged in Groznjan and other cities. Plan to spend an entire day in Groznjan and attend any ongoing event. Check out the events schedule on Official tourist website of Istria.
Combine your visit to Groznjan while visiting other towns like Motovun, Livade. You can easily get to Grožnjan from either Rovinj or Porec depending on where you are staying. We highly recommend combining your visit along with Motuvun which is a must visit in this region.
Check our post on Motuvun to read more and see if you would like to visit it.
Plan to visit Groznjan and Momjan to visit famous wineries in Istria. This makes for a great day trip either from Porec or Rovinj. The route is very scenic as you pass through vineyards and olive plantations.
Read our post on Wine Tasting – Top Wineries and Tours to plan your wine tasting experience. .
Located about 70kms from Rovinj and 40kms from Poreč, the best way to explore these towns is to rent a car and explore at your leisure. You can also hire a taxi from Poreč to Groznjan.
If you plan to commute by bus then opt for ones running from Buzet to Buje, passing through Bijele Zemlje. Then take a taxi to get to Grožnjan. However, bus schedules can vary during non peak seasons so check this prior to planning your trip.
Top things to do in Groznjan
Grožnjan is a small town so you can plan to spend about 2-3 hours here. Wander about the old town and head to the Church of St Vitus, Modest, & Crescentius. It is a large parish style church adorned with a yellow stand stone bell tower that overlooks the town. It was renovated in Baroque style in 17th century. Later, spend some time in the Fonticus gallery. This is the prominent art gallery of Grožnjan and showcases works of various Croatian artists. Head over to Konoba Pintur or Cafe Vero to grab a quick beer or coffee.
Accommodation in Groznjan
There are no hotels in Grožnjan so need to book a Sobe or private accommodation in and around the area prior to your visit. Check out some of the good option here:
A favorite place among tourists is Vila San Vito. It can be booked directly or through any travel sites.