On the road from Marčana to the cove of Duga uvla, turn towards Mutvoran. There you will come across the ruins of a rormer Histrian fort and the leater Roman settlement. Mutvoran is today only a village with a few inhabitants, but the ruins of the prehistoric and medieval walls, and the parish chuish church of St. Mary Magdalene with its extraordinarily valuable works of art, attest to the area’s more glorius past.
Rakalj is the birthplace of the famous Istrian writer and economist Mijo Mirković. The house in which he was born now hosts an etnographic collection. In the past, Rakalj was famous for the production of traditional Istrian pottery. Stari Raklaj is located on a hill above the promontory of St. Nicholas in the Bay of Raša. This was a prehistoric fort, ancient fortification and medieval castle; today we can see the well-preserved church of St.Agnes. Local legends tell of the connection between this saint, pirate ships, storms at the sea and sunken treasure. Whether there is some truth in them, we cannot tell, but one thing is certian: here you will be welcomed by beautiful nature and magnificent views of the surrounding areas.
Krnica is located on the elevation above the sea and surrounded by beautiful forests, pastures and vineyards. Krnica is the only village in Istria with its own port. A 2.5-km-long road running through the pine forest will take you to the Krnica Port where you will see a fishing village with wooden boats, nets and stone houses. The beaches are rocky and there are small coves scattered along the entire Krnica channel offering the pleasure of untouched nature and the crystal clear sea.
Krnica is an ideal place for vacation. In spring you can pick wild asparagus, aromatic and healing herbs here, whereas in the fall you can pick mushrooms, grapes, olives, enjoy the landscape or simply take a walk. Watching the sunrise at the Krnica Port, you can welcome the fishing boats surrounded by flocks of seagulls and buy the freshly caught fish.
ST. AGNES VANTAGE POINT
The site where the church of St. Agnes in Stari Rakalj is located represents one of the most attractive vantage points in Istria, offering magnificent views of the Bay of Raša, the Labin area, and the Kvarner bay. The site can be reached from Rakalj in the direction of the St. Nicholas promontory (locally known as Sv. Mikuja). Follow the path that leads through the typical Mediterranean macchia shrubland past ancient dry-stone walls. After approximatley 2 kilometres, the path will bring you underneath the hill on which this unique vantage point is located. Climb up the hill, stop for a while, take a look around you, smell the intoxicating fragnance of wild-growing plants, and enjoy these unforgettable views!
Today the cove of Blaz is just another unspoilt piece of Istria’s coastline, whereas in the Roman era it represented an important harbour on the maritime route connecting Pula and Trsat (today part of Rijeka). It is said that five watermills were once active here right by the sea, which is rather rare. The remaints of some of these mills are visible even today. People from remote parts of Istria used to come here to collect the high-quality water that6 springs up here.Another legend has it that the crown of Tomislav, the 10th century king of Croatia, was hidden in this cove. However, unlike in the past, this cove is today abandonaded and well away from any important events.
Today a picturesque cove with small fishing harbour, Budava was once the harbour of the Histrian fort of Vizače and the Roman settelment of Nesactium. Because of its enchantingly beautiful nature, it has be made a protected landscape.