Highlight of my visit to Istria
Dvigrad sits on a hillside, so the very best thing about it is approaching it and seeing the ruins from a distance. When you come closer, you become aware of the holes in the walls, the crumbling stones, and the tangle of greenery engulfing everything, and you are reminded that nothing, even the thickest stone, lasts forever, and that the forces of time and nature are relentless. Imagine this town as a bustling center of medieval trade. You are free to wander the cobbled streets of Dvigrad on your own, which is part of its charm. It has not yet been seized upon by the tourist-marketers. Thus, you can explore and imagine at will. If you don't like history, enjoy the picturesque views of the Draga Valley, framed in crumbling stone. Dvigrad was refreshing and the highlight of my visit to Istria.
Reminder of the past-deserted and different
It is worth the visit whether or not you believe that the community left this abandoned 17th century village because of the plague or some other equally romantic reason. Some bits are tricky to get to and, yes, it's overgrown, but you can wander round the easier bits if you prefer. My son was disappointed that there were no snakes, but I wasn't. As you leave buy some lavender bags....