A picturesque place on the southeastern Istrian hills situated on the road between Pula and Labin, which was built in the Middle Ages. Barban is full of cultural attractions as well as of an intangible cultural heritage within which the most famous is the knight's game, Trka na prstenac (an equestrian competition in which various horsemen riding at full gallop aim their lances at a hanging metal ring). Besides its rich history, this area conceals a number of other curiosities.
Olive oil, the alpha and omega of Mediterranean cuisine, got its own festival in Barban in 2009.
Olive growers exclusively from the area of Barban take part in this event and besides the tasting of extra virgin olive oils, workshops on the theme of olive growing are also organised.
The November Festival in Barban is worth a visit not only for the exhibition of souvenirs and the interesting usable items made of olive wood, but also for the works of artists who find the olive an endless source of inspiration.
Općina Barban, TZ Barban, Poljoprivredna udruga Agronova
23rd Pula festival of books and authors
The largest book fair in Croatia, and an important literary event in Istria, takes place in the Secession-style building in Pula and, in addition to Croatian publishing, it promotes regional European publishing efforts. Apart from the sale of books at reduced prices, the Fair stages a range of other events: promotions of recent titles, meetings with authors 'Breakfast with authors', concerts, stage and video presentations, exhibitions - thus becoming a true book festival.
"December in Pula" brings to the citizens of Pula and their guests as many as 200 events at 50 locations. Even this year, the rich programme of the traditional event "December in Pula - Dicembre in città" offers to the people of Pula and the growing number of visitors a multitude of cultural and entertainment events, programmes and concerts.
Pula and its guests are going to welcome the new 2018 at the Forum Square with Prljavo kazalište, accompanied by The Night Express and DJ Plexi.
The event is always a special treat for the youngest with more than 85 programmes. The town promenade transformed into a "Magic Forest" will host numerous programmes for children. Even Santa Claus will move to Pula for this purpose and place his temporary home in the promenade's central part. He will be accompanied by Mrs Claus and the Elves. A multitude of entertainment, dancing and singing programmes will take place every day, making the holiday season in the centre of Pula the most entertaining park in December.
This year's novelty is the ice-skating park at the Kralj Tomislav Square, where ice skaters will be able to welcome the "Little New Year" at noon, accompanied by the Gelato sisters band.
"December in Pula" will last for as long as 32 days, during which everyone will be able to find something for themselves. More about the programme and the schedule of events can be found at e www.prosinacupuli.hr.
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Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016 and 2017
10 Best European
Wine Destinations 2016
10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015
World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015
Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014
Best Wine Regions for Winter and Spring Travel 2014
Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.