Vrsar, Istria, official web site for tourist informations

Vrsar, Istria, official web site
for tourist information

Casanova Tour

Interactive walk tour with Casanova through romantic Vrsar

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Historical heritage in Vrsar

The name Vrsar (Italian: Orsera) is very old. In Medieval Latin documents the name appeard in different variants: Ursaria, Ursarium, Vrsarium, Orsaria…

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A Rich Culinary Tradition

All fragrances and aromas blend in Vrsar to give a harmonious overture into the characteristic gastronomy of Istria. Sea food, grilled fish and meat delicacies that can be tasted in charming restaurants and authentic konobas (taverns) are just a small part of the rich gourmet experience offered by Vrsar.

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SPORT, NATURE, ACTIVITIES…

There are many sports and activities for you to choose – tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, even bowling and mini golf.

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Natural Wonders

From the shores of the Adriatic to the lowlands and undulating hills in the hinterland, the natural wonders of Vrsar and its surroundings are the source of inspiration for every traveller desiring rest and relaxation.

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FORTIFIED TOWN OF MUKABA

Mukaba is a locality and prehistoric (Bronze Age) fortified town on the northern shore of the Lim Bay. It dates to the period of the 2nd millennium B.C. It is situated on the western edge of the Kontija forest area, and is characterised by the partially preserved and relatively well-visible remains of Bronze Age fortifications and tumuli. It is an almost ideal strategic position with a wide view towards Vrsar (to the west) and Lim Bay (to the south).

Mukaba is a hill on top of which a prehistoric structure with a fortification and tumuli was built. Nowadays, heaps of rocks once used as fortifications can be seen on top of the fortified town and on the slopes of the hill. The largest concentration (heap of stones) was on its highest point. The fortified town probably had two rings of battlements built using the drywall technique. Together with the terrain configuration, they posed a substantial obstacle to any invading enemies. The area was inhabited in the 2nd millennium B.C.

Mukaba was described in 1972 as follows: The upper plateau of the hill is only up to 30 m wide and stretches from the northwest toward the southeast. The northernmost tumulus, it seems, has not been excavated, and a triangulation station was once on it. The other two tumuli have been excavated in the middle. It is not known whether the diggers reached the graves. Near the middle tumulus, a part of the wall that used to encircle the tumulus is clearly visible on the northern side. It is two rows of stones high. The diameter of the tumulus is approximately 15 m, and the height is up to 3 m. It was made only of stones, without any earth whatsoever.

            The focus of the settlement was on the hilltop and on the slopes immediately below the hilltop. The fortified town contains a lookout point with an excellent and very wide view of the Lim Bay, the area of today’s airport, Vrsar, the islands near Vrsar and St Euphemia in Rovinj. In the hinterland, one can see Gradina, Marasi, and the Kontija forest area stretching towards Kloštar. Unfortunately, Mukaba has not been explored. It is partly devastated, even though its prehistoric remains are still very much visible in the landscape. In the Lim Bay below Mukaba, there used to be a loading area for wood and stone up until the middle of the 20th century.