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Truffle Hunting, Motovun

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Surrounded by the crystal clear Adriatic sea and untouched nature, dappled by forests and stone landscapes, in the heart of Europe, miraculous and fabulous Istrian peninsula is situated which Romans named Terra Magica.

By the beautiful coast, Istria offers miraculous countryside which is adorned by the hills and medieval fortifications, castles and places with recognizable traditional architecture.

On one of the hills it is settled Motovun, an ancient city and a pearl of Istrian peninsula in whose foot stretches the Motovun forest, surrounded by the local vineyards and olive-groves.

"The Gold from Istria"

The Motovun forest which has been known as a forest vegetation reserve, spreads miles along the Mirna river and it is a habitat of the well-known subterranean mushroom - truffle.

Together with local gastronomy led by autochthonous vine sorts "malvazija" and "teran", superior olive oil, honey and brandy, istrian- ox sauce or home-grown hen sauce, truffle is undoubtedly gastronomic jewel of this climate, which is, due to its specific quality among the most precious in the world.

You should experience truffle hunt adventures walking through the woods (right across the real treasure) following trained dogs which tirelessly seek "The Gold of Istria".

While getting through dense forest by the beautiful landscape of the old Mirna river and waiting for the dog to smell something and what will be in the "hole", gives special charm to the hunt.

After the adventurous hunting after which you will find out all about the truffle hunt, enjoying the untouchable nature we start for the ancient Motovun and to the local cellar where you could taste trufffle dishes and superb vines.

Discover undiscovered and take home one unforgetable memory on truffle hunt - "The Gold of Istria".
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  • Nikola Tarandek has studied as an engineer, but gave up on the profession and taken the truffle hunter, who not only collects and sells truffles, but also guides you through the payment of tourists in the truffle woods. He accompanied truffles looking for dogs with Nero, Floki and Runi. The hunting trip was an excellent introduction to the world of truffles and their discovery. We learned how to train dogs in search of truffles and lots of things from truffles. The whole was a sympathetic, instructive and entertaining. The price for a 6 person 2 hour hike was very reasonable €70. After the excursion we enjoyed a great meal on the recommendation of Nikola at the nearby restaurant Zigante, a 4-course truffle menu cost €50/person. Attention: The woods are pretty curations. At least sneakers on foot!
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  • We arranged with Nikola the day before, I told him that we really like dogs and mushrooms, he told me in advance that he could promise me dogs, but not mushrooms, because even the season is not good, and it's like fishing, a matter of luck. We came the next day, the guy is a pleasant and modest man, giving an amazing explanation, answering every question, we talked about politics and every topic, great experience. At the end we also found mushrooms--the dogs found more right. It is recommended for each of Nicola you are charming
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