Buzet is situated in the very north of the Istria Inland, near the border with Slovenia. Its historic core – the Old Town, dates from the Middle Ages and it lies on a hilltop above a fertile valley of the longest Istrian river – the Mirna.
Today, Buzet is widely known as the 'City of Truffles' since the forests along the Mirna River are especially rich in this treasured tuber. Istrian truffles are very appreciated in the gastronomic world and together with prosciutto and the famed high quality olive oil, are the most requested autochthonous products of Istria. Each year city of Buzet organizes in September and October The Truffle Days. The visitors can see, taste and buy truffles, products of truffles, and home-made products.
On the second weekend in September the large Folk Festival and Fair also take place in Buzet, in its Old Town, with a special attraction – a giant omelette (commonly known as 'fritada' or 'fritaja') with over 2 000 eggs and 10 kilograms of truffles prepared in a huge pan. This event officially marks the beginning of Truffle Days in Istria.
During April and May there are The Days of Asparagus when you can taste delicious asparagus meals in the restaurants and taverns in the Buzet area.
In July Buzet is host and co-organiser for the meeting of drivers and friends of classic cars including the Oldtimer Race. The Classic Car Days take place in the Old Town of Buzet with the great panorama view of the Mirna River valley.
Festival of Istrian Brandies in Hum – the smallest town in the world (14 km from Buzet) - the traditional annual review of Istrian brandy takes place the last Sunday in October. By buying a tasting glass, all visitors can taste various kinds of home-made brandies, like mistletoe brandy (commonly known as 'biska'), honey brandy (medovica), etc.
In the surroundings of Buzet there are some very well preserved medieval towns rich in history. One of them is Roč which was founded in ancient history. Another one is Hum, the smallest town in the world, mentioned for the first time in 1102.
Did you know that due to the high employment, as well as a whole series of economic stimulus, Buzet is for last two years on Forbes' list of the top 20 Croatian towns to live and do business.