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Dvigrad

Abandoned by its inhabitants in the 17th century, this medieval ghost town is now a collection of haunting ruins.

Dvigrad is a beautiful yet eerie collection of ruins from a once thriving medieval town that was deserted more than 350 years ago. Despite its isolated rural location, curious travelers still manage to find the stirring site. Wander around the fascinating old ruins and imagine what this fortress city may have looked like in its prime.

Explore the fortified settlement to see how time has weathered its stone structures. The town first prospered under the Roman Empire and later came under the rule of Venice in the 15th century. Over the next century or two, the Dvigrad townsfolk suffered numerous devastating blows. Bouts of malaria and the plague, as well as deadly conflicts and raids, all took their toll on the town’s residents. Eventually, the town was completely deserted.

Though overgrown with vegetation and crumbling in parts, the city’s basic layout is still recognizable and many of its walls and battlements are still intact. Walk along the dirt paths and see what you can identify. There are no information plaques here so you’ll have to use your imagination. Look for the remains of the town church, St. Sophia’s, as well as other impressive stone walls and defensive towers.

As you stroll through, try to envision the dilapidated town as it once was: a bustling hub of activity and trade. Ascend to the top of the hill to reach the site of the old castle. From here, enjoy astonishing views of the Draga Valley below. 

Be careful as you walk around, as the paths are often obstructed with fallen rocks that have come loose. Reptiles may also be present here. Watch for lizards lounging on the hot stones or non-poisonous snakes slithering through the overgrown weeds and shrubs.

Dvigrad is located near the town of Kanfanar. To get here, head 14 miles (23 kilometers) east from Rovinj and follow the signs for Dvigrad, which is situated down a quiet, remote side road. No public transportation routes lead directly here, so it’s best to drive, walk or cycle. There is no entrance fee.


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Korenici 2, Kanfanar, Istria (county)
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kanfanar, this vacation home is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Dvigrad and within 9 mi (15 km) of Grimani Castle and Church of Annunciation. Loggia and Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Luxurious Detached Villa With Private Pool, Large Garden, Shared Tennis Court and Playground
    Luxurious Detached Villa With Private Pool, Large Garden, Shared Tennis Court and Playground

    Luxurious Detached Villa With Private Pool, Large Garden, Shared Tennis Court and Playground

    Ladici bb, Kanfanar, Istria (county)
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kanfanar, this luxury villa is 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from Dvigrad and within 12 mi (20 km) of Grimani Castle and Church of Annunciation. Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Church of St. Catherine are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Modern House With Pool and Beautiful Landscaped Environment in a Quiet Location
      Modern House With Pool and Beautiful Landscaped Environment in a Quiet Location

      Modern House With Pool and Beautiful Landscaped Environment in a Quiet Location

      Dobravci 12, Kanfanar, Istria (county)
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Kanfanar, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dvigrad, Grimani Castle, and Church of Annunciation. Loggia and Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Villa Ankica
        Villa Ankica

        Villa Ankica

        Dobravci 9, Kanfanar
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Kanfanar, this villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dvigrad, Grimani Castle, and Church of Annunciation. Loggia and Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Apartment Zapad
          Apartment Zapad

          Apartment Zapad

          Jurja Dobrile 11, Kanfanar
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kanfanar, this apartment building is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Dvigrad and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grimani Castle and Church of Annunciation. Church of St. Catherine and Loggia are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Holiday Homes Ana & Maria
            Holiday Homes Ana & Maria

            Holiday Homes Ana & Maria

            Korenici bb, Kanfanar
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kanfanar, this villa is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Dvigrad and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grimani Castle and Church of Annunciation. Church of St. Catherine and Loggia are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Luxurious Detached Villa With Private Pool, Large Garden, Shared Tennis Court and Playground
              Luxurious Detached Villa With Private Pool, Large Garden, Shared Tennis Court and Playground

              Luxurious Detached Villa With Private Pool, Large Garden, Shared Tennis Court and Playground

              Ladici bb, Kanfanar, Istria (county)
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kanfanar, this luxury villa is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Dvigrad and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grimani Castle and Church of Annunciation. Church of St. Catherine and Loggia are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Apartment 1770
                Apartment 1770

                Apartment 1770

                Istarska 8, Kanfanar
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Dvigrad and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grimani Castle and Church of Annunciation. Church of St. Catherine and Loggia are also within 6 mi (10 km).