The Smallest Town in the World
- Hum: It may be small, but it has a huge history to share. Explore Hum's narrow streets and stone buildings and see houses actually built into the massive walls.
- Snack and free time: Take a break in the tavern and do a little exploring on your own. (Extra points for spotting a local – there are barely 20 in town.)
- Mountain drive and scenic lookout: After a teeny town, you'll be ready for big vistas of the mountainous countryside, Kvarber Gulf, and the islands of Cres and Losin.
About This Opatija Tour
Hum's story begins with a little irony. A local legend tells of giants who built the towns in central Istria's Mirna River valley. The stones these huge fellows left behind were used to build what is now the smallest town in the world.
As you enter town, look for the inscriptions on the sturdy 11th-century gate. (We'll translate – they're welcoming you.) That strange lettering is Glagolitic, the script revered as the earliest form of written Croatian. It arrived with Saints Cyril and Methodius, 9th-century Greek brothers who wanted to translate the Bible and make it more accessible. Examples of this beautiful script around town make Hum a cultural treasure.
Once inside the gate, you may have the unreal feeling you've entered a perfectly designed movie set for a medieval romance. Everything's on a small scale and so beautifully preserved. Yet, as you explore, you'll discover Hum has everything a romantic location needs – captivating cobblestone streets, homes, a church, and, of course, a tavern.
But it's all real. The signs of life are everywhere as you wander within Hum's cozy walls – laundry drying in the breeze, a local selling olive oil, a cat sleeping lazily on a windowsill. Bells chime from the tower and candles cast a glow on the 12-century frescoes in the Church of St. Jerome. In the kanoba (tavern) where we'll stop for a snack, you'll find this little town even has its own famous local brandy. Hum is a small wonder.
And you thought mistletoe was just for kissing
Hum is famous for more than being the world's smallest town. It's also celebrated for biska, a homemade brandy spiced with mistletoe and herbs. The concoction is based on a 2,000-year-old recipe, and earns this little place the title of "Town of Biska." But to this day, that recipe remains a big secret.
Please make your way to the Main bus station in Opatija (Velog Joze 1) to meet your tour representative with the logo sign.
Enjoy scenic views during the 2-hour-long coach ride. Shopping is available independently in the town of Opatija, upon the conclusion of the tour, if desired.
Expect to walk for about .75 miles, over cobblestones/gravel, and climb some steps. If your mobility is limited, you may find it too challenging to keep up with the group and enjoy yourself. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour, Food & Wine
Beverages - Glass of Grape Brandy, Water
Snack - Local Favorites
English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Under 18 years old? Sorry you won't be able to sample wine on this tour. Bring photo ID as proof of age if asked.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the GoTo Crew in advance for any accommodation, if possible.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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