Recreation enthusiasts will come into their own at the beginning of summer when the the Istralandia Run & Slide race is happening. It is 5 km run through the Istralandia Aquapark and the surrounding area, and the goal involves going down the slide of six tracks. This is something I would love to experience! Fans of two wheels will certainly enjoy the traditional bicycle race Marušići and San Rocco. The central sports event of the season is certainly the tennis tournament Croatia Open Umag, which has its the 28th edition this year. The end of summer will be marked with the Istria Wine Run marathon, combining running and good wine!
The preseason starts in Novigrad, with An Evening of Jacobs’ Scallops, a culinary event that makes the mouth water if you are lover of shellfish and seafood. And I am! Novigrad is preparing another traditional treat for August: the Festival of St. Pelagius, which mixes a cultural and an entertainment program with a rich gastronomic offer at the stands along the inner harbor. We will bid goodbye to summer with Gnam-Gnam Fest: Sardelafest during which the Novigrad restaurants will abound with blue fish delicacies. I already have an appetite, how about you?
Do you like theater? If you do, put the Golden Lion in Umag Festival in your calendar. Numerous theatrical groups from Croatia and the region will take part in it. Lovers of good music and urban culture should not miss the Novigrad Parkfest, nor the Jazz Corner. Film buffs like me will certainly be interested in a cinematic experience under the stars and in the films from the Motovun Festival at the Novigrad New Cinema. There will be no shortage of interesting content at the ARTeriIJA festival.