Driving to Istria from the north, the first stop is Umag, a small town with 45 km of coastline and interesting hinterland, it synthesizes the peculiarity of the entire region.
Discovered by the ancient Romans who made it a summer residence, Umag has a glorious past witnessed by many Venetian houses in the historic core of the city, as walls and towers of old churches and Baroque and Renessaince buildings.
The crystal and pure sea gives the city a timeless charm. To explore the many cultural attractions in town, you can start from the historic center with the walls and the movable bridge of the tenth century, partially preserved, St. Rocco Church of the eleventh century with frescoed ceiling, the museum with artifacts dating back to Roman times and numerous exhibitions in art galleries, including the famous Marin Gallery.
After exploring the old town, while admiring monuments and historical artifacts, you can dive into a gourmet break, savoring the excellent fresh fish dishes, in seafood restaurants or choose one of the many cafes, pastry and ice cream shops that populate the center in the waterfront.
You will find many souvenir shops selling local specialities and local crafts to bring home a Istrian “flavoured” souvenir.
If you like sports, you can explore the area by bike along the many cycle paths or go on a boat or catamaran trip, to discover the different beaches or enjoy all the water sports in summer time.
In the evening you can let yourself be temped by the luck at the Casino Elite or enjoy the entertainment of one of the many summer events and shows organized in the city center. Between curiosity there is the visit to the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic sea in the nearby Savudrija.
Umag offers something special in every season thanks to the many events organized throughout the year, from the ATP Open Tennis Tournament, to the Gourmet Festival, from the Days dedicated to Tomato, to to the Wellness Festival, just to name a few.
There is something for all tastes!
Novigrad has kept the irresistible charm of the quiet fishing village, although it became a popular tourist resort. It retains a recognizable almost intimate atmosphere, characteristic of small towns that border the Mediterranean sea. Architectural gem full of historical monuments, rich in cultural heritage, natural beauties and excellent cuisine, Novigrad is considered one of the most fascinating destinations on the Istrian coast.
The city walls have protected the rich history of the city and its precious cultural heritage of tradition and culture. The visit of the historical center includes the bell tower, the city symbol, St Pelagius and St Maximus Church dating back 1893, where the only early Romanesque crypt in Istria is preserved, the Lapidarium Museum with the collection of stone monuments and the ciborium of the VIII century, the walls with the towers and the ancient gateaway to the city, the Austro-Hungarian Navy Museum and the Rigo Art Gallery.
Lovers of foor and wine specialities must be tempeted to try raw fish, everyday fresh, seafood paired with Istrian wines, from the many specialties of meet and vegetables at “zero km”.
Nightlife offers countless opportunities for entertainment and fun with views of the most beautiful sunsets on the coast.
Nearby there are several possible excursions like the one to Istralandia water park, a visit to the bird reserve Antenal-Quiet, the discovery of the wine roads and olive oil tastings or the exploration of the bike or quad area.
The many events that are organized, by-Gnam Gnam festival at the International Festival of street artists, ex-tempore painting competition or sporting events, make it even more interesting to visit this Istrian town, the buzzing and lively all year .