Monday, April 15 2024

In the southernmost part of the Istrian Peninsula, one can find the medieval settlement of Barban. This fortified town is surrounded by more than 73 villages.

The views in the area are awe inspiring with rich and lush green rolling hills, deep canyons and sparkling blue rivers and streams all over the countryside.

The history of Barban can be dated back to the 13th century. It was during this time period that Barban was under the control of the Counts of Gorica. When most of Istria fell under the control of the Habsburg family in 1374, so too did Barban.

In the great war between Venice and Austria, the area which is now Barban was completely devastated. Later, the Loredan would purchase Barban in 1535 where its control remained until 1869.

Barban then fell under Italian control until the Congress of Vienna transferred control over the region to Austria. Austria would continue to rule Barban as well as most of Istria until after the end of the first world war.

As a result of the constant changes in control over the centuries, Barban has developed a rich history. There are as number of ruins located throughout the surrounding hillsides that are just waiting for you to explore.

The oldest buildings that still stand today however, only date back to the start of the 18th century. Most of the older buildings have been destroyed as a result of the many wars that have occurred in the area that surrounds present day Barban.

You will find many different local vineyards, some of the finest tasting wine in all of Istria and an amazing assortment of local cuisine in the many taverns and restraints that are located within Barban and the surrounding villages. The warm and welcoming hospitality of the locals just makes visiting the area even better.


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