The Savudria Lighthouse – A Symbol of Count Metternich’s Secret Love
I highly recommend Istria’s northernmost point, where a truly romantic tale can be found. The Savudria lighthouse, built in 1818, isn’t only the oldest Croatian and Adriatic lighthouse. It was also a love nest for Count Metternich and his Savudrian mistress. It’s no wonder, really: such sea views and starry skies – whose passions would not be stirred?! Considering Savudria is only nine kilometers from Umag, it’s a trip that might give you a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the town’s several wellness centers.
A Romantic Dinner with Quality Wine and Local Aphrodisiac
If you are among those who believe love comes through the stomach, take your loved one out for dinner in one of the several top class restaurants in the nearby Novigrad. Spice up your dinner with a good Malvasia or Teran wine and some local aphrodisiacs! Order the clams or immerse your senses in the taste of truffles in one of several traditional Istrian gourmet meals. Who knows, perhaps a walk along the beautiful Novigrad shore, with its effervescent sea and dimmed lights, is just what you need to see this as the very place you want to pledge your eternal love to that special someone in!
Buje – Love at its Height
Beautiful locations are plentiful both in Buje and in the surrounding area so be sure to go see them after visiting Novigrad and Savudria. A visit to Buje is a walk up a hill offering an impressive view of the sea but also of the neighboring Momjan, which happens to hide another romantic gem: the Momjan Castle and its charming vista of the Mirna river estuary. In warmer months, the greenery that surrounds it makes turns it into an oasis that is perfect for new lovers.
A Moment of Peace at the San Rocco Hotel
If you’ve decided to spend a romantic weekend with your loved one but you also yearn for relaxation after a week full of obligations, Brtonigla is the best place to go. It is the home of Hotel San Rocco which has been repeatedly named the best small family hotel in Croatia. San Rocco offers a complete experience: comfortable rooms, excellent food from its restaurant as well as relaxing massages in its own wellness center.