1. Shellfish are at their tastiest at the end of the winter
If you really want to enjoy this gastronomic delight, then you should do it at a time of the year when shellfish are at their tastiest, which is precisely during February and March. These months at the very end of winter were not chosen randomly for this manifestation! I personally adore the scallops from Novigrad, and I can’t be the only one, considering their reputation as one of the tastiest types of shellfish in the world!
2. Imaginative recipes of local chefs
Days of Seashells always present a challenge to chefs in Northwestern Istria as they need to display new combinations of flavors that they have thought up. It is precisely those creative and innovative dishes that have marked my trips to Northwest Istria, while those menus are often the only thing I can talk about when retelling anecdotes from my travels. The next on my wish list are the potato cream with mussels and baked scallops with truffles or broccoli.
3. Reasonable prices
Smaller two-course menus with shellfish and desserts are around 70 kn, while four-course menus with desserts can go up to 250 kn. That is pretty reasonable for the amount of courses of tasty dishes that have never left me unsatisfied. At first sight the portions don’t seem to present too much of a challenge, but after a bit of soup and pljukanci (local type of pasta), risotto and stews, there is more than enough on the plate. I barely have space for the dessert!
4. Getting to know the gastronomy of Northwest Istria
These kinds of events are an excellent opportunity to explore the rich world of gastronomy in different regions. And this does not only include different shellfish, but also an excellent selection of autochtonous wine varieties, superior olive oil and numerous local delicacies and recipes. Days of Seashells may turn out to be just the start of your gastronomic adventure in Northwest Istria.
5. Avoiding the summer tourist hordes
If you like to spend your holidays in peace, the end of February and March are the ideal time to come to Umag, Novigrad, Buje or Brtonigla. Whether you are taking a weekend off or going on a longer trip, this is the right time to experience all the charms of these destinations, their warm hospitality and their excellent gastronomy, while at the same time avoiding the summer (and spring!) tourist hordes.