Umag Tennis Tournament and the ATP Stadium
Tennis players are definitely among the most popular sports stars and they love coming to Umag to be a part of the most popular professional tennis tournament in the Mediterranean. One of the reasons is the tournament stadium which can be visited all year round while the tournament itself takes place every July.
Savudrija & Romance
The tiny fishing town with a lot of spirit is also home to Adriatic’s oldest lighthouse, the unusual hanging fishing boats and the gorgeous new port built from ancient Roman walls. At dusk, early dawn or late afternoon this magical place will give you a chance to fall in love with the beauty of life itself.
In the green pine woods, just a few kilometers from the center of Umag, you’ll find an oasis of relaxation and fun, a beautiful pebbly beach which will make your family vacation perfect.
A Sip of Wine, a Taste of Bread
You cannot enter nor leave Istria without trying its oil and its wine. This makes two walks almost mandatory. The first one is on Savudria’s farm Jola, the exclusive producer of extra virgin olive oil and the other is in Degrassi vineyards and amazing cellars that, apart from incredible atmosphere and excellent wine, also boasts an entire small museum.
A Wealth of Wellness
The greatest wellness offer in the entire Croatia is a key component of Istria’s magic. The hotels in Umag provide a truly magnificent vacation for body and soul through a unique combination of Istrian tradition and imaginative spa treatments available all year round. Your inner sportsman will be delighted at The Body Holiday at the Sol Garden Istria Hotel while the Sol Umag Hotel will charm you with its Istrian Lavender, Rosemary & Sage Bio-Sauna. The Melia Coral Hotel offers Ayurvedic and Thai wellness rituals and the Kempinksi Hotel charms with its luxury Energy Clinic Carolea Spa.
Kapešante of Novigrad
Memories are tied to taste, as Marcel Proust taught us, which is why it’s impossible to forget Novigrad! The special tastiness of the Novigrad pilgrim scallops, locally called kapešante, comes from the fact that they grow in an area where sea water and water from the Mirna river mix.
The Most Beautiful Sunset
Hitchcock claimed it was Zadar’s, many believe it’s the one visible from the island of Santorini but we all know there can be only one! And that one happens to be in Novigrad!
Coffee by the Sea
The world is full of wondrous places but not every place tasted the same! The combination of masterfully made, high quality coffee and a location with a view straight out of a dream is the reason you can’t come to northwestern Istria without planning to visit one of Novigrad’s several exceptional cafes.
Antenal-Mirna Ornithological Reserve
The distances migratory birds cross every year are no less impressive when we consider the fact they occasionally do land somewhere along the way. These natural way stations have a special atmosphere and not only for birdwatchers. A gentle stroll or bike drive in this region near Novigrad is a true respite for the soul.
The way to the heart is through the stomach, as the saying goes so Istrian cuisine just may be the reason so many people are in love with this wonderful peninsula. Novigrad cherishes its traditional cuisine through the Gnam-gnam Festival consisting of eight gourmet events throughout the year, each dedicated to a special flavor or regional dish.
The Novigrad Walls
Each wall is special because it hides a town’s history. The walls of Novigrad are not only beautiful, but also a valuable source of new interpretations of history. Also, Novigrad has owned its status of a city to the walls since the Middle Ages.
The Delights of San Rocco Hotel and Restaurant
The best boutique hotel in Croatia, named that four years in a row – 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 – will charm you from the first moment and from the first bite, too! Their gourmet restaurant will make you never want to leave the table again. Aside from a great wellness offer, there are also opportunities for truffle hunting and enjoying the peace of a quiet little place that Brtonigla is, making every visit a dream vacation reality.
The Town of Wine
The perfection of Istrian wine is well known but there is only one town of wine! Brtonigla is the only place in the world where there are four types of soil, side by side – terra rossa, chernozem, grey soil and white soil, all of them used to grow different varieties of the famous Istrian Malvasia wine. This is the homeland of Croatia’s most famous winemakers.
Škarline and Mramornica
The mild climate does not mean mild summers, but at Brtonigla refreshment is always near. The lush green canyon of the Škarline stream will enliven your spirits in winter and cool your body in summer. Near Brtonigla lies Mramornica, one of the largest Istrian caves that will enchant you with its stalactites and stalagmites.
A walk in a cave or a nature park is bound to make you hungry. Visiting Brtonigla and not trying at least one dish in one of the many local taverns that offer a plethora of Istrian delicacies such as baked fish, grilled scallops or homemade pasta, would be a sin!
Memorial Gallery “Aleksandar Rukavina”
Life in Istria is full of ancient culture, which is the reason it’s been compared to Tuscany. One of the artists making the ordinary wonderful in Istria was Aleksandar Rukavina, a sculptor who lived and worked in Brtonigla.
Near Brtonigla one can find both the beautiful Adriatic and the romantic Istrian hills. But there is another place nearby which beckons to a special water adventure, with high slides and water castles. The Istralandia Aquapark has all you need for a perfect summer vacation!
Istrian wines are so famous you would think Istrians never, ever drink beer! That is simply not true and the local San Servolo brewery in Buje proves it! So visiting it and trying their San Servolo beer is simply a must!
The Momjan Castle and its defensive turret, located on a rock just beside the hill and town of Momjan, are an invitation for an adventure. Be sure to accept!
Everybody knows of them but finding them is no small task. Since truffles grow about five to thirty centimeters underground and resemble potatoes rather than mushrooms, the hunting of this delicacy with a characteristic scent is a task requiring skill, experience, and professional hunter with a specially trained dog. But you can also simply buy them, in the Zigante store near Buje.
Istrian Gold: Wine
The Buje region is home to the Momjan Muscat but to other wines as well. Make sure you try organic wines and wines from local wineries and don’t forget this is also home of Kozlović vines and the most famous Istrian winemakers in the world, whose reputation was built on the Santa Lucia, a Malvasia wine made from specially selected grapes.