The village of Dajla is most famous for its Benedictine convent, a stunning edifice, which up until recently had a beautiful, albeit not well maintained, garden with a decorative pool in the center. Its appearance today comes from 1839 and the plans made by the architect Jean Le Terrier de Manetot, but its history reaches much further back. In antiquity, it was the site of a Roman estate and in the 5th and 6th century it became a convent, which was taken over by the Benedictine order in the 9th century. The owners and tenants have changed throughout the years, but it has remained equally attractive to visitors. If you continue on the gravel road towards the sea, you will reach a beautiful cape and a wild beach several kilometers long, on which swim suits are optional. From Dajla you can continue towards Novigrad, and take an hour-long beautiful walk along a well-maintained footpath along the sea front. If you head towards Umag, also along the sea, you will get to Karigador.
A lit and maintained footpath from Dajla do Karigador will pass by the beautiful camp CampingIN Park Umag, which can also serve as a destination for a one-day field trip. It has four stars and numerous facilities, from the two large pools, an adrenaline park, to the beautiful beaches and its own 3-kilometer-long path along the sea front. This year, my better half and I took part in a few very intense games of air hockey! And we kept going back for day-long entertainment. Karigador itself has a pier where occasionally two fishing boats will come in, and it is precisely this pier that served as the location of a feast with local products, music and fish specialties this year.
After visiting Savudrija and the 29-meter-tall lighthouse – the oldest and tallest such edifice in Croatia – continue a bit further down the local road, if possible on a bicycle, towards Kanegra. It is located right on the Slovenian-Croatian border and from it you will have a view of Piran and Portorož. The view is not the true gem here, however; instead it is the beautiful beach in the nature camp CampingIN Kanegra FKK Umag (which has four stars) – one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The crystal clear sea and the natural shade of the pine forest are a true hidden paradise. Even for me, and I have been spending my summers in this part of Istria for thirty years.