Buzet is located in the north of Istria near the border with Slovenia, and the old medieval town is situated on a hill above the very fertile valley of the largest Istrian river Mirna, while the newer part of the town is called Fountain, develops at the foot of the hill. Today, Buzet is best known as the “truffle town” because of the divine tuber whose best “hunting grounds” in Istria are located right in the forests along the Mirna valley.
Buzet, together with its surroundings, known as Buzet area, covers 165 km2 and has about 6000 inhabitants. The Buzet area is located in the northernmost inland part of Istria, between three major city centers: Rijeka, Trieste and Pula.
Buzet, together with the surrounding area covers 165 km2 with around 6,000 inhabitants. Area of Buzet is located in the most northern part of Istrian inland, in the middle of three major urban centers: Rijeka, Trieste and Pula. The old town of Buzet is located at 150 m high hill above the fertile valley of the Mirna River, while the newer part of the city called Fontana, develops at the base of the hill.
The specificity of Buzet is its dialect. In Croatia there are 3 main dialects, Stokavski , Kajkavski and Chakavski. It is interesting that the whole region of Istria has chakavski dialect, except Buzet and its area which have kajkavski.
Buzet is well known for its beer production: "Favorit" made in Buzet brewery (BUP). At the southern side of Buzet there is St. Ivan water spring of which purified water started the construction of the Istrian water supply system and therefore also the water distribution for whole Istrian area. Near the place Sovinjak is located Minjera (from the italian word "miniera" - mine), oldest bauxite finding in Europe. In the valley of Mirna River under the Sovinjak in Istria, bauxit was exploated 400 years ago and in the 1808. it was published the first professional review about the bauxit used for production of vitriol and alum.
Buzet is a town in Istria, which is the farthest from the sea, what have not influenced at the touristic development of this area. Due to its specific features the area of Buzet is rich with excursion opportunities and due to that numerous vacationers are visiting this place.
One of the most valuable feature of this place is certainly untouched nature. Its beautiful natural landscapes that blend coastal and mountainous landscape with numerous hills with Mirna river valley. Because of the geografical features of this area unique view is made from the slopes of the hills and considering that on almost every hilltop is located a small village, the holiday houses in these places provide wonderful view. This is one of the main reasons why more and more people decide to invest in holiday houses and villas with swimming pool in these areas. For the same reason occupancy of the holiday houses in Buzet area can be compared with one in places much closer to the sea.