This locale in the Istria region of Croatia lies on a small peninsula on Croatia’s west coast. It is a popular place for holiday accommodation for tourists looking to explore the touristic riches of Istria. Among the enticing offerings this destination offers holidaymakers are a variety of water sports and many historical sites as well as museums where more historical artefacts can be found. Compared to other popular Istrian cities such as Rovinj and Porec, Novigrad is more laid back and less crowded, ensuring holidaymakers a relaxed experience as they enjoy their holiday homes. HomeAway promises visitors lavish holiday apartments in Novigrad City, most of which are not far from the sea. Some are even situated right on the waterfront.
-Museums: The K.u.K Marine Museum is found in Novigrad City and holidaymakers staying here should take time to visit this fascinating museum, which is actually ancient warehouse in the city’s old town. Here they will find artefacts that depict the city’s long history as a fishing and seafaring town. Items such as old nautical instruments and charts are displayed there.
-Old Town: There is a peculiar feel of travelling back in time as one walks along the medieval walls that line the narrow streets of Novigrad’s old town. The many houses there built in Venetian Gothic style and the town loggia add to this medieval air.
-Food and drink: Visitors can feast on great sea food and fish in eateries such as the Marina Restaurant. Not only do they offer smashing fish-based delicacies, their dessert options are tantalising. There are also a good number of ‘konobas’ or taverns not far from the holiday apartments in Novigrad City where visitors can savour Istrian cuisine helped down with excellent wine.
-Water sports: Those looking for a bit of adventure during their holiday can take a canoe safari in the waters of the Adriatic Sea. But those who would rather just relax can watch local fisherman go about their business at the harbour and the seagulls that are plenteous there. There are many beaches where visitors and their kids can swim safely.
-Cultural events: Towards the end of April and at the beginning of June locals and visitors are treated to an open air gourmet festival called the Gnam Gnam Festival. It is held at the Novigrad harbour and visitors who go there can look forward to feasting on delicacies prepared by local restaurants. Local wine and olive oil producers also bring their wares for sale there.
Novigrad enjoys superb Mediterranean weather which means that it is warm for most of the year. From May temperatures are above 20°C and don’t abate until October when temperatures drop into the teens. Holidaymakers book holiday homes in Novigrad City mostly between May and August, when summer is at its peak. At this time of year the average highs are about 29°C and rainfall is scarce. But even when winter arrives in November, temperatures averages generally remain above 10°C.
This resort town is 125 miles from Croatia’s main international airport, Pleso Airport. This facility receives direct flights from all over Europe and cities as far as Osaka and Doha. Visitors can hire cars from one of several car rental firms on arrival at the passenger terminal. Most visitors to Novigrad and other Istrian destinations prefer to fly into Venice in Italy and then take a boat to their destination. Others opt to fly to Slovenia’s Portoroz Airport, which, sitting 11 miles away, is probably the closest international airport to Novigrad.