Villa Borgo, Motovun, Istria's Hilltop Towns

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Villa Borgo, Motovun

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Villa Borgo, Motovun, Istria
Set within the hilltop town of Motovun sits Villa Borgo, a ten-room B&B overlooking olive groves and cypress-laden fields of green. Arguably the best located property in the whole of Istria, the three-star B&B is the perfect location for those wanting to behold Istria’s biggest draws: food and wine, plus views galore. 

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Villa Borgo, Motovun, Istria

DESTINATION: ISTRIA 🇭🇷

Istria has become a hot destination for the foodie lot. One of the world’s truffle capitals, it’s home to black truffles along with the more elusive white variety, and every restaurant or tavern (‘konoba’) in town is serving up dishes with the region’s high value export. Wine, while not my favorite, complements the food scene with locally produced Teran and Malvasia dominating the landscape. The region feels a bit like undiscovered Italy, at a value that’s unbeatable.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Villa Borgo, Motovun, Istria

Villa Borgo is unostentatious, a B&B that’s more focused on experiencing the region than it is about the property, and the lovely staff is available to help guide you as you set out to explore the hilltop towns of Istria. Motovun is the defacto capital of Central Istria, the largest hilltop town of the lot, which isn’t saying much considering its tiny size. We stayed in a room overlooking the property’s terrace and the vineyards below. Speaking of the terrace, there’s hardly a better view in Motovun than this prized space. Grab a bottle of wine and snuggle up for sunset.

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Staying true to its B&B status, breakfast is included at Villa Borgo, with a selection of baked goods, yogurts and continental-style offerings. Eggs, cooked to order, are the highlight for many because they include – take a guess! – truffles. Even if you’re not an egg person, there’s hardly a better way to start your day. That’s where dining ends at the hotel though, and rightly so. With a handful of lovely restaurants nearby, having a truffle-laden dinner, like the one served at famous Konoba Menego, is practically a rite of passage.

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THE WANDERLUST EFFECT: HOTEL INSIDER

Number of Rooms: 10
Cost Per Night: €49 – €105
Must-Try Eats & Drinks: Truffle anything – soak it in at a great value!
Hotel Highlights: Take in the sunset over the vineyards and olive groves from the hotel terrace.
Worth the Investment? Yes – exceptional value in the heart of Istria.

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect, formerly The Traveling Scholar. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. She is a former resident of London and San Francisco and now calls the island of Anguilla home. In addition to The Wanderlust Effect, Shannon is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort and is on the Board of Directors of the Omololu International School in Anguilla.