Krsan, Croatia

Krsan Today's Kršan, a settlement and the centre of the municipality bearing the same name, developed close to the old medieval fortified castle in the eastern part of Istria, 15 km north of Labin.

The old Krsan, although located some three hundred meters from the main road is relatively accessible and in the vicinity of the “new” Krsan. This charming place dominated by a defence tower and a church bell attracts the visitors by the remnants of its medieval castle first mentioned in 1274. The frame of the fifteenth century Gothic portal and the well shaft have been preserved in the castle's inside courtyard. A high rectangular bastion tower is also well conserved and the defence walls were remodelled into residential buildings that are almost empty. Nowadays, the old village of Krsan has only a couple of permanent inhabitants.


The Parish Church of St. Anthony the Abbot is built in the 17th century within the town walls. Its current shape as well as most of its furnishings date from the 18th century. Its 22 meters high bell tower erected in 1803 is located on the other side of the street.


The Chapel of St. James situated in the old cemetery has many gravestones installed there between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries. The oldest epitaph written in Latin dates from the 15th century as well as the coat of arms of Krsan's lords of that period.


A very important legal document was found in Krsan in the mid-19th century, the Istarski razvod that means “Istrian Land Boundaries”. It is the second existing copy of a Glagolitic document from the 14th century, a sort of Istrian land register that set the boundaries between the properties in Istria, including individual Istrian rural communes, their feudal lords and the Venetian Republic


Kršan wedding

Once a year, at the end of July, the old sleepy village became alive and full of people due to the ”Krsonski pir” – Krsan’s wedding, a presentation of the old local tradition of marrying characteristic of Kršan and the surrounding area.

The show consists of nine scenes describing through song and dance the customs of the traditional courtship, engagement and wedding of groom Morko and bride Tonina. The last sketch of the wedding ends with the christening of their child Mikula.

Wild plant Festival

In the spring period, Kršan hosts the Wild plant Festival where you can learn about the culinary use of comestible wild plants, their nutritive values as well as their medicinal characteristics and use in aromatherapy and phythotherapy.


Krsan is popular among the cyclists as it is the part of the biking trail “Istarski Razvod” including Labin, Sveti Martin, Šumber and Potpićan. In addition, being interspersed with numerous bicycle-friendly roads it lends itself well to the discovery of its green and mild nature.


Walking enthusiasts can ascend the nearby Plominska Gora and its peak Sisol as well as a little further east, the slopes of Mt. Učka that offer excellent possibilities for hiking, trekking, free climbing, riding, mountain biking, hang gliding and paragliding.


Public hunting area of Krsan, under the direction of the Zec hunting association is at the disposal of the hunters.

LD Zec Krsan Potpićan bb
52333 Potpićan


Accommodation is mainly offered in agritourism farms, villas and country houses.


Tourist office Kršan is opened all year around and covers Kršan and Plomin.

Vozilići 66
52234 Kršan

+385 (0)52 880155

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