Kotli - hidden gem with untouched nature
In recent years, the region of Istria in Croatia has been gaining in popularity among tourists from every corner of the globe. Known and adored for its outstanding olive oil, wine and truffles, Istria now holds a reputable position on the global gastronomic map, but no matter how much time one has spent exploring the charming peninsula, there’s always a hidden gem or two to discover and explore.

Kotli village is one such gem, a beauty of a rural settlement that retained its authentic look to this day. Located in central Istria on the river Mirna, Kotli was once known as the economic centre of the Hum area, owing to its skilled millers and tailors.

The village is nowadays a protected rural complex housing an incredible array of preserved historical heritage. Water mills have been out of use since 1964 but remain on site, greeting the visitors who are eager to explore this picturesque location.

Take a look at Kotli’s waterfalls and stone houses in the beautiful video below, filmed by Croatian photographer Goran Šafarek: