The feeling is strongest in Buje, a must-visit destination in spring. The approach to the town itself is very interesting because spring brings out the green in the terraced slopes of the surrounding hills full of vineyards and olive gardens. Buje itself is atop a hill, at the very border with Slovenia, and its old town offers a splendid view. During a walk through this charming little town, a visit to the local museum is well worth your time, for its ethnographic collection. The museum is right at the town entrance, across the street from Saint Mary’s Church.
Brtonigla does not lag behind Buje. Although smaller and situated on a lower hill, it also has streets very dear to my heart. The town is renowned for the artists that have found a home here, as well as inspiration – the sculptor Aleksandar Rukavina and the painter Paolo Lakota. Rukavina’s studio is the place to visit, but keep in mind, advanced notice should be given.
Whenever I’m in Umag, I take the opportunity for a walk on the wonderful town square where the church of Mary’s Assumption and Saint Peregrin is located. Many relics and findings bear witness to Umag’s long history and tradition. Apart from the church, you should also see the medieval walls and the town museum inside a preserved medieval defensive tower. I recommend you finish the day with a stroll to the nearby breakwater, 404 meters long and built in 1825.
Novigrad‘s walls also hold a rich history, surrounding the old town center. They are always a good place to go sightseeing, and the path leading directly beneath them is especially interesting in spring, when the scent of the sea is strong and hints at the pleasures to come.