The towns of Umag and Novigrad lie on the northwestern coast of Croatia’s Istria peninsula, near the Italian border. Croatia’s pleasant climate and unspoiled scenery has made the country one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, and it is easy to understand why when you visit the Umag Novigrad area. Sun kissed beaches, picturesque forests and luxurious accommodation are just some of the things that make the Umag Novigrad area of Croatia an ideal destination for Mediterranean family holidays.
The bustling town of Umag is perfect for active tourists looking for a holiday filled with sport and recreational activities. The location of the town on the Adriatic Sea means that there are plenty of water sports including scuba diving, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, yachting and fishing. Other recreational activities in the scenic area around Umag include horse riding, cycling, hiking, tennis and even mini golf. The town is also home to the Croatian Open ATP tennis tournament. The Umag tourist office has helpful maps of the region that will help you get around.
Novigrad is a small town situated with a sheltered harbour and surrounded by farmland and forest. It’s a lovely town to explore by foot and also has plenty of recreational activities to keep you busy during your Novigrad holiday. If you are looking for some excitement you can go hunting in the Mirna valley nearby.
There are lively festivals in throughout the year including a Jazz Festival (in August), the festival celebrating the patron saint of Novigrad – St. Pelagius (August), as well as Fisherman’s Evenings in the summer where guests can taste fresh seafood and local dishes and listen to traditional Croatian music.
The Brijuni Islands are located off the coast and make a lovely day trip for those staying in Umag or Novigrad self-catering accommodation. Tourists can enjoy the islands untouched nature, a safari park and zoo, as well as various archeological sites. Other islands nearby that are worth a visit are the islands of the Medulin archipelago including Ceja, Levan and BodulaÅ¡.
The city of Pula lies on the south of the Istria peninsula. Here you can see beautifully preserved Roman structures and Renaissance buildings as well as enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic at Bijeca beach.
The towns of Umag and Novigrad have a Mediterranean climate. Winters are pleasant and mild, and summers dry and hot with temperatures reaching 30°C. The cool ocean breezes mean that whatever time of year you rent an Umag or Novigrad villa you are sure to enjoy pleasant weather.
Visitors renting Umag or Novigrad holiday accommodation can either fly directly to the Croatian city of Pula, which lies on the southern tip of the Istria Peninsular, or visitors can fly in the Italian city of Trieste, which is only 40km away. Thomsonfly, Ryanair and Croatia Airlines are just some of the airlines that offer flights from various airports in the UK to Pula and Trieste. From there you can take a bus or hire a car and drive to your apartment in Umag or Novigrad.