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Buje

Buje
The Buje Region stretches from the river Mirna to the river Dragonja, which also marks the border line with the Republic of Slovenia. This is an area with wavelike hills covered with vineyards, olive groves and fields sprinkled with oak, cerris and pine woods and Mediterranean meadows with wild thyme and fir trees and a karst belt full of interesting geological pheNamena. Situated on top of a hill at 222 m above sea level, the small town of Buje dominates the surrounding green terrace-like fields. Due to its strategic location it is called «The Watchman of Istria». Buje is surrounded by numerous hills which were settled already during the Bronze Age by various tribes and during the Iron Age the Histrians came to their prehistoric settlements. With the foundation of Roman Reign the region becomes Agro della Cononia di Trieste which was annexed to the region "Venetia et Histria".

During the turbulent time of Barbarian invasions the population found refugee in fortresses built on flat hill tops. The fortified castle of Buje dates from this period, too. In the year 981 the castle of Buje was subdued to the Patriarchate of Aquilea and in 1102 it fell definitely under its reign. In the 13th century Buje was proclaimed a free commune. In 1412 the commune of Buje signs the act of surrender to Venice. Four centuries of Venetian reign set its stamp on the historical centre of Buje starting from the Spiazzo alle Porte, today's Liberty Square, which was once the seat of the town loggia. In the 15th century the church of Mother of God of Mercy was built while its tower was erected in the 17th century. Opposite to these buildings there is the Ethnographic museum standing above the underpass which used to be a back gate of the wall fence. The settlement was protected by a number of defence towers, two of which are still partially preserved - a square and a pentagonal tower used for protection of the West Gate. In the Square of St. Servul, on top of the hill, stands a cathedral, renovated in the 18th century, which contains all elements of a former Romanic church built on foundations of the temple of Jupiter.

A 50 m bell tower was built in the 15th century in the Aquilean style. In front of it there is a flagstaff from 1655. Next to the bell tower stands a noble palace in the Gothic-Venetian style, which was used as the seat of a court for a period of time. From this central square streets paved with stone lead in different directions building a street network of the historical town plan. Since the 18th century the settlement has spread outside the town walls. The new neighbourhoods have become important centres of culture, education, sport, economy and administration.

Due to its special geomorphologic location the Buje Region is an ideal area for different sports activities, either spontaneously in the natural surroundings being for the most part almost intact, or by joining the existing local sports structures. The period from autumn to late spring is particularly well-suited for biking on roads less travelled. Mountain bike fans have at their disposal a number of marked mountain bike trails described and depicted in detail on a separately issued mountain bike map.

Bike riding across hills and valleys is one of best ways of exploring these gorgeous landscapes and panoramas stretching towards the sea. In the area of Momjan which is situated in the upper part of the Buje Region the horse riding fans, accompanied by experienced guides, can experience the pleasure of riding along the well-trodden riding paths.

There is a versatile network of walking trails for excursions and walks in the total length of 130 km. The longest walking trails are from 30 to 40 km long and the short ones from 4 to 5 km. The walking trails are marked and represent an outstanding opportunity for getting acquainted with the most interesting and most beautiful aspects of the whole area like the unique karst phenomena or the ancient hamlets with houses of white Istrian stone or wild plants spreading different colours and fragrances in each season.


The karst landscape with its unexpected caves, abysses and disappearing streams was the inspiration for the development of speleology and foundation of the speleology club in Buje, whose members as experienced and enthusiastic experts in speleology can be guides for the amateurs wishing to try themselves in this sport.

As far as sports facilities are concerned, the first to be mentioned is a new sports hall in the centre of Buje offering possibility for organizing sports events (volleyball, basket ball, hand ball ...) and for the training of sports teams with the accommodation in hotels and private apartments in the surroundings of Buje.

The sports offer includes also two local football grounds and four tennis courts with changing rooms and lightning for sports events by night. Stretching along the coast of Kanegra, amidst of pine woods there is a tourist resort with bungalows, restaurants, various additional services and a sports centre with tennis courts, table tennis, mini golf and mountain bike rental.

There is also a wide choice of water sports: beach canoe, surfboards, windsurfing, motor boats, water scooters, sport fishing and berths for your own boats. Numerous events and spectacles, sports competitions, games and entertainment for children and the amusing event "Nights of Kanegra" make your holidays in the Buje Region pleasant and beautiful.

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