Although they may be more famous as tennis or cycling destinations, both Umag and Novigrad are ideal not only for tournaments like the Istria Winter Cup, but also as training grounds for upcoming seasons and football tournaments. Northwestern Istria is often chosen for a thorough preparation by the great football teams because it provides full infrastructure – from football fields as well as jogging and cycling tracks by the sea to wellness centers ideal for recuperation.
Umag is a renown wellness center and offers all a sports team might need: a half-sized Olympic swimming pool, hydro massage baths, saunas and massage rooms for sports players, heated seawater pools, Jacuzzis, fitness centers and similar.
Also, both towns, considering all the sports activities taking place there all year round, offer top experts in various fields. All of this so the preparations may be as good as possible. Nearby towns, such as Buje and Brtonigla, offer top cuisine that can be enjoyed as much as the local wellness offer. But this is the most important detail: Istria averages around 2400 hours of sunlight per year and the average temperature is 18 degrees Centigrade in a mild Mediterranean climate. Nine out of nineteen football fields in the region are built according to FIFA standards and are no more than ten minutes’ drive distance from each other.
Among many other teams, Umag was the venue for football preparations by the Manchester City junior team and it’s interesting to note that this part of Istria has the largest number of registered football players to every 100 residents!