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Villas for rent in Žminj

In the heart of Istria, the small town of Žminj stands on a high plateau, a location that is considered to be the historical intersection of all roads in the region. If you look into the distance, you can very easily see the tower of the parish church of Archangel Michael; the landmark and symbol of the Istria County rises above the rooftops of Žminj.

Today, Žminj is a holiday destination, one that can be actively explored. Idyllic cycling and hiking trails invite you to explore the picturesque landscape of this part of Croatia. You should also visit the village of Savičenta where you can admire the stone Venetian castle Morosini-Grimani as well as the loggia with open atrium and arcades.

Just a few kilometers away from Žminj, you will find the most beautiful beaches in Istria. For example, you can drive to Rovinj, which can be reached in just half an hour, and you will find many great beaches which you can thoroughly enjoy. In terms of gastronomy, Žminj has a lot to offer too because in the evening you can sit in konoba Žminjka and enjoy a true Mediterranean dinner, for example.

Sounds good, right? All that’s left to do is to book a luxury villa (preferably with a pool), near Žminj. Fortunately, you have Villsy to help you! We have personally selected the very best villas in the area, like Villa SaMa, a beautiful piece of modern architecture, or Villa Mariva. Some of the best holiday homes in central Istria can be found near this beautiful little town, so allow us to tell you more about it.

How to reach Žminj

Since Žminj is very centrally located in Istria, we recommend you travel to this lovely place by car. You can also take a plane to Pula first and then rent a car to get here, which may be a good idea if you’re coming from far away because low-cost companies fly to Pula on regular basis. Besides, Pula is just a half an hour’s drive away from Žminj. Žminj is also well connected with Croatia’s capital city Zagreb, so you can easily get a bus if you land there, too.

If you’re coming in from Slovenia, or even Austria or northern Italy, you’re probably better off coming with a car because Žminj is really not that far away. Once you get here, head straight to your holiday villa and refresh yourselves in its pool!

Žminj sights

There are many things to see in Žminj, some real historical treasures. The bastions dating from the 15th century have been well preserved: four round towers, one wing of the fortress, the outer part of the walls, as well as the public cistern from 1863 can all still be seen here. In the heart of Žminj stands a large baroque, three-winged parish church of St. Mihovil built in 1625.

In addition, there are three other small churches in the town, all of which are decorated with some very interesting frescoes. The one in the Church of the Holy Trinity was painted in 1471, for example. The church dedicated to St. Anthony the Great, which dates back to 1381, is also decorated with frescoes, as is the Church of the Holy Cross.

At the entrance to the town, there is also the Church of St. Bartol, where a big festival is held every last Saturday in the month of August.

A different thing to see while in Žminj is the stalactite cave Festinsko Kraljevstvo, located not far from Žminj itself in the village of Festini. In the almost 60 m long and about 30 m wide cave, you will find curious stalactite formations such as the well-known "magic hat", the "Tower of Babylon" and the "bat fly".

What to do in Žminj 

In Žminj there are various cycling and hiking trails, which will allow you to admire the picturesque nature of Istria. Cycling tours through Remenija or Žminj-Festini, for example, will take you through idyllic landscapes. Along the way, you will find first-class restaurants and konobas where you can stop and enjoy a memorable meal. Hikers can walk through vineyards, olive groves and many lonely structures, such as the church of St. Fusca. If you like it action-packed, you can do an off-road tour with an Enduro bike or a quad, and the zipline in Pazin is quite close, too. Here you can fly at about 60 km/h over a stunning gorge.

After an eventful day, you can fish your own dinner in Žminj! About 15 km north of Žminj runs the Pazinčica River, a perfect area for freshwater fishing. If you want to fish by the sea, you can take a car to Rovinj or Poreč and enjoy a small fishing trip. Those who would rather have their food served without too much trouble can enjoy the culinary variety of restaurants and konobas. We recommend you visit Konoba Krčuli as well as the restaurant Puli Pineta. Grocery stores can also be found in Žminj such as Butiga ULTRA.

You will see that there is a lot of history and tradition around here, so coming back home to a traditional villa will surely appeal to some. Villa Gimino is a perfect example of that, as are Villa Rustica or Casa Nina.

Villas with pool for rent in Žminj

With Villsy.com, you can find the best holiday homes in central Istria with just a click! Check out our offer and find the perfect place to stay - Istrian villas are all incredibly beautiful, so you really can’t go wrong.

We are at your service around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can reach out to us for whatever reason. Our team has personally inspected every single holiday house on the list in order to make sure every accommodation adheres to the highest standards. Therefore, you can rest assured you will have an experience of a lifetime when visiting Žminj and Istria in general. Book a luxury villa now and start planning your vacation!

Villas for rent in Žminj | Visit the heart of Istria

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