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Istarske toplice

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Between Buzet and Motovun, which almost compete who has more medieval charm, lies a health spa Istarske toplice with massages, saunas and swimming pools, but the climber‘s gaze will drift to the rocks that surround the spa. You should come here, if only to hike around – the paths are great, while the scenery and the view are one of the best.


Drive along the old town of Buzet (on a hill to your left), beside the Mirna river in the direction of Motovun, Novigrad and Buje. Istarske toplice are well sign-posted – the turn is on your right.

For sector Frat turn left a couple meters before, go over the bridge, park and continue on a walking trail , that splits left for Majeri. Walk until a prominent left hairpin bend. When it turns right again take a small path left and uphill towards the crag.
For Hallelujah caves drive through the spa to the right side. Park without blocking anything. The approach starts on the side of the wire fence on the right and goes straight and steeply uphill.


Most crags are sunny, even though you can always find some shade. Hallelujah caves and Frat tend to get wet after rain. Rain in Hallelujah cave is not a problem, which is not the case elsewhere – but you will get soaked while walking there, and the path gets quite slippery. Best times are still spring and autumn and sunny winter days.

Rock Quality

Rock quality in Istarske toplice is good. The bases of all crags are nice and large.

Environmental notes

When it gets warm the snakes may come out. These timid creatures shouldn‘t scare you too much. And, since you are here – why not jump into a healing thermal bath or wrap yourself in mud bandages, after a nice massage.

Recommended accommodations

Apartments Roža

Roč 16, 52425 Roč, Croatia

Stay in Apartments Roža and enjoy in one of the best climbing areas in Istria. Roč is an excellent base for climbing in the crags near this charming village. Just a few minutes away by car to Kompanj, Čiritež, Vela draga, Buzetski kanjon or Kamena vrata. We offer two comfortable fully equipped apartments for max. 7 people. Air conditioning, fireplace, unique wine cellar or open terrace makes it comfortable in any season. Welcome to Roč!

ROUTES (from left to right)

Istarske toplice is a crag that offers all climbing styles. Depending on where you intend to climb. In some routes the bolts can be far apart.

Hallelujah cave
No.1 5c 20m
No.2 5c 20m
P ? 15m
P ? 15m
Lassing Pressing 8a 15m
Schonheitsfehler 8b+ 16m
P ? 17m
Caveman’s playground 8c+ 20m
Sunčana strana 7c+ 18m
Schlangenloch 6b 17m
Serum 6c 17m
10000 6c+ 18m
Kon Tiki 7c 15m
Fragola con panna 6c 15m
Rotbart 6b 15m
Dichte Fichte 7c+ 12m
Il conto unico 7b+ 18m
Waffengenger 7b 16m
Big fish 7a+ 25m
Big Ben 7a+ 20m
Schwarzer Finger 7a 20m
Kolja 6c+ 20m
Die Spinne 6b 22m
Fingerprint 7a 22m
Science friction 7b 22m
Silenzio di Samba 6a+ 18m
Krampus 7a+ 22m
Babaroga 7c 22m
Patata templada 7a 23m
Troia o sposa 7c+ 25m
Stargate 7c+ 25m
Starghey 7c+ 25m
Tris di primi = start in Tanto brazo, finish in Stargate 7c+ 25m
Tanto brazo, poco c… P 25m
Il mago della sega 7b+ 11m
Fatta per Facco 7a+ 25m
Pankeepa 6b+ 25m