If you do not count yourself among those who wish to spend their vacation only in urban and densely populated areas, one of the possible alternatives for you is an excursion to Hum, a place where you can enjoy in peace, tranquillity and a unique atmosphere.
Hum – the smallest city in the world, situated in the very heart of Istra to this day has a total of 18 inhabitants. The entire city can be toured in, literally, a dozen minutes, but few choose to just rush through it considering that there are numerous points of interest hidden in the city.
Legend has it that Hum is the smallest for the simple reason that it was the last city to be built in the Mirna River valley, and that the least amount of stone was left for its construction. It is one of the few preserved examples of urban development within early medieval walls given that during almost an entire millennium, right up to the present day; almost nothing has been constructed outside of the city walls.
The entire city remained within the original walls; about a hundred metres long and about 35 metres wide, and it is made up of only three parallel rows of houses, two small perpendicular streets and a trapezium-shaped square opening to the main city gates. Hum has maintained its atmosphere because of this, and the well-worn paving stones tell a centuries-old tale.
Hum was one of the best-known centres in which Glagolitic literature was in use. An unique monument has been constructed as a testament to this fact known as the Glagolitic Boulevard.
It also hides numerous other secrets in its history that the people of Hum are eager to share with the guests in walks through these historic walls or when enjoying the excellent fare available at the typical Istrian tavern (konoba) in Hum.
Although by far the best known, Hum is only one in a series of similar acropolis cities in the Istrian interior.