The settlement of Betiga was named after the original owners of the area, the Bettica family  from Spain that settled in Vodnjan in the Middle Ages having left the Spanish kingdom due to disagreements with its rulers. Members of one branch of the family found a home in this area and bought houses and estates in Vodnjan and the surrounding area.

The settlement was undoubtedly of great importance, which is suggested by remnants of Roman villas and two important churches dedicated to St. Andrew and St. Agnes.