Climbing to Buje

Climbing to Buje was to be the last uphill part of this several-posts-long running adventure. On the roadbook it doesn’t even look like an important hill. But the town is situated at the tophill.

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Fueled enough on previous refreshment point, I can hardly remember any exhaustion at this part of the race. Considering that I was approaching to my 30K or something, it always amaze me how I can find strength to run and sometimes even to speed up. For me, there is no wall, no exhaustion, it actually becomes easier. I even tried an experiment, and I do it now often on a long run.

I am making selfies every 5K to see how my face changes during this time and distance. It is interesting to notice that if I feel bad at the start, I look much better at the end. Vice versa, if I feel good at the start, I look a bit tired at the end. Maybe You could try it yourself sometime. ….


Buje… .is a small city on the tophill, some 10K away from the seaside.

Velvety hills were inhabited in the Bronze Age, the Histri built their prehistoric hill-forts, the Romans founded colonies. And one of the most beautiful views of the green Istria is adorned by the one-time imposing mediaeval castle at the steep uplift of Momjan.

Here, you can also find one of the most famous wine roads in Croatia, with 23 famous wine-makers, and it is also a great pleasure to explore the olive oil roads, where you can discover everything about the production and processing this well-known produce, with appropriate tastings.

At the roads of the typical products of Buje, you will meet the wine connoisseurs, you will learn the secret stories from their taverns, and you will get the chance to meet the hard-working oil makers who call the olive the God’s produce.

What to do in Buje?


  • Parish Church of St Servulus, patron saint of Buje
  • Bell tower dating back to the 15th century next to the Church of St Servulus with a unique view of the Croatian, Slovenian, Italian and Austrian countryside
  • Church of St Mary of Mercy with a bell tower and “fresco” dating back to the 16th century
  • Tower of St Martin, one of the very few existing remains of the Venetian walls
  • Ethnographic museum with handicrafts belonging to the folk culture of the Buje area
  • Exhibitions in the town gallery Orsola
  • Wine roads and olive oil roads of the Buje area


  • The trendiest Istrian cuisine and exquisite local and foreign wines in the Stari Kaštel restaurant located at the top of a hill in the town of Kaštel, near Buje. You will surely be thrilled by the imagination behind the food specialties, the architecture and the romantic view of the salt fields in the Gulf of Piran
  • San Servolo, local Buje beer complementing the grilled dishes and the unique beer scones in the Beer House San Servolo
  • Dish of the day and other ones based on fresh seasonal produce following Istrian recipes in the tavern Stari podrum in Momjan
  • Pasta, prosciutto, bacon and other Istrian delicacies made by the crafty hands in the agrotourism Radešić in Krasica
  • Excellent pizza in the tavern San Leonardo or in pizza places Rondo and Aquarius
  • Find other restaurants, taverns and agrotourism destinations in our directory with contact information and addresses of restaurants in Buje.



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