Istrian Truffle hunt

Delight in seeking delight in Istrian forests!

The mystic forests that surround the Istrian hilltop village of Motovun are home to the treasures of the Istrian cuisine, the black and the white truffle! Gourmands flock to Istra for the specialties that use the powerful and distinct flavors of the truffle in everything from cheeses to chocolate, pastas and honey. Their flavor and aroma rank high on any epicurean bucket list, but hunting for truffles will add a dash of thrill and the prospect of triumphantly finding your own lunch! With certain black truffle varieties growing year round, making truffle hunting possible in all seasons, the Secret Dalmatia Exclusive Private Truffle-Hunting Tour will bring you a culinary adventure like no other you have experienced.

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Duration:   half day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Istria

available all year round

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Grating truffles
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Truffle fritaja
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Motovun in Spring
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Motovun Hilltop Town

Tour description


Croatian cuisine is based on fresh local produce and seasonal availability, and many restaurant chefs pick herbs and vegetables just before preparation, but there is surely no experience quite like hunting truffles for dinner! Try your hand at foraging with the Kotiga family and their specially trained truffle-hunting dogs in the beautiful forests and nature of Istria. If not to find the treasure, it is the unique chance to enjoy time engaging with the locals in the pretty surroundings of the famous truffle-filled Istrian forests!

The theory of truffle hunting and the stories behind delicacies produced of various truffles that grow in the area can be as entertaining as the hunt itself and are surely necessary to put things into perspective before embarking into the forests.  

You will then join the Kotiga family and their specially trained dogs, and head downhill through the steep forests to try your luck with the valuable black and precious white truffles. After all, this is the region where the largest white truffle in the world was discovered! Your efforts and earned appetite will be rewarded by a hearty lunch prepared exclusively for Secret Dalmatia guests, with a tasting of local truffle delicacies including different types of cheese, truffle honey, pâté and even truffle biscuits.

Dress sporty for the experience, and best wear sports shoes and long pants, as you will spend ample time in the forest.

Suggestion: Combine our exclusive truffle hunting tour with a tour of magical hilltop towns of Istria. Nighttime truffle hunting also available!

Private tour and on request only.

Not suitable for guests with mobility issues due to ample is walking in hilly terrain.

Please wear sports shoes and long pants suitable for time in the forest.

Don’t forget your camera!


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The truffle, or tartufi as they call it in Croatia, is a unique underground mushroom with potato-like shape, and is considered the highlight of Istrian cuisine. Known for the highest quality of truffles - especially the white truffle, the Istrian variety often rivals those of Alba and Piedmont regions in Italy. The fine white truffle is the most valued, and grows from September until January and is best enjoyed freshly shaved over pasta, meat or fish. The 1.31 kg white truffle found in the forest around Motovun in 1999 was the world’s heaviest truffle in the world for a while, but the current title holder from Umbria, discovered in 2014, makes its seem small with its 1.890kg.

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12:29 AM


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Istrian Truffle hunt

Istrian Truffle hunt

Delight in seeking delight in Istrian forests!