Between December 1, 2015 and January 10, 2016 you can visit the fantastic Days of the Adriatic Squid. You will have a chance to try this winter delicacy in restaurants and taverns all over Northwest Istria in a range of courses at attractive prices. Add to this the local olive oil and wines, and you will see why winter (also the hunting season for the Adriatic squid) is the right moment to come visit this these parts.
Other than these gastronomic recommendations, at around the same time (between December 4, 2015 and January 1, 2016) in Umag you can visit the UMAGic Holidays where you can treat yourself to lovely fritule (fritters) and mulled wine, or buy presents at the charming stalls with local crafts. Every day you will have a chance to see a different event. On Tuesday, December 22 you can be there for the welcome to Santa Claus, on the following day you can watch 3D mapping, and on Thursday, 24 December, in addition to the local craft and autochtonous products fair, you should not miss out on a chance to see the rich program of the Manufacture of Dreams, where you can take part in the lampion release, visit the Istrian cuisine food corner, creative workshop for kids, and much more.
The program of UMAGic Holidays will continue in the days to come. Those who love running and all those who like recreational activities can run the Umag Christmas Race on Saturday, December 26, while on January 1, 2016 you can take part in the tenth annual traditional bike ride. The bike ride will start on the Umag town square and end in the tourist settlement Kanegra, where a traditional toast and cakes will await you. On New Year’s Eve you can see the band Trio Gušti while enjoying mulled wine, prosciutto, cheese, olive oil and other Istrian specialties.
All of Northwest Istria eagerly looks forward to the festivities. On December 12 and 13 in Brtonigla you can visit the Christmas fair, where you will find local craft, wines, rakija, honey and other autochtonous products. The little ones will be thrilled to see Santa Claus, while you will certainly look forward to the cake-making competition. During the last month of the year, you can also take part in December in Buje, a rich cultural and artistic program with a number of seasonal plays for children and adults. On Sunday, December 22, you can see the Christmas concert with a number of performers at the Church of St. Mary of Mercy.
You can also visit the Christmas fair in Novigrad between December 18 and 21, in the tent on the town square. The creative wreath-making workshop, the Christmas pageant, and a play performed by Dajla, the local cultural and arts association, are just some of the featured events. I would definitely recommend you get to know this Mediterranean town in its holiday edition during the Christmas fair.
If you like to stay active in the colder part of the year, come to Grožnjan for the Christmas bike ride which starts at the main town square at noon exactly. Its 30-kilometer track will make an excellent finish for this cycling year.