Motovun is a picturesque Istrian town, located on top of a little hill (270 m). It dominates the valley of the river Mirna, the famed Motovun woods and the surrounding vineyards. Motovun is the famous site of the Veli Joze legend. Legends say that Istria used to be populated by many giants who were cultivated land, tamed wild beasts and did other difficult chores. The town of Motovun also has such a patron who was so huge that could rich the spire of the city bell tower with his hand. His name was Veli Joze. He built the town, the strong fortress walls and the canals… The town hands down the story of the valor of the legendary giant hero from generation to generation.
Motovun is also a renowned example of a well-preserved medieval Istrian town with a lot of Venetians remains. In more recent days, it has become the home of the MotovunFilmFestival and the meeting place of writers, visual artists and history lovers.