Fun on the beach and in the water
When I was a kid, the climax of beach entertainment was playing in the sea, having fun on an air-mattress or, very rarely, sometimes riding a paddleboat. Today it is the water playground featured on almost every city beach – a huge air-mattress, that is, in effect, a small water park for kids. And a real opportunity for me to lie on the beach for a bit. Also, all kinds of snails, crabs, shells and stones on all the beaches of the Northwestern Istria, are all that is required to guarantee entertainment.
Kids will surely like the sand or pebbly beaches of the Stella Maris Resort of Stella Maris, with facilities such as animation. A swimming pool with a pirate boat near the apartments Sol Stella and Sol Amphora is an unforgettable party for children and adults alike. They will also the numerous street events and programs, such as the Night of the Street Wizards, held in Novigrad.
Holidays in the shade
When the sun is high, however, going to the beach should wait. During the midday heat, children can draw and play social games in the shade while I have coffee.
For combining fun with knowledge we go to the Aquarium in Umag, which features 25 swimming pools in which the flora and fauna of the Adriatic Sea are presented. In Umag, the kids can also experience a slightly different perspective of the underwater world by riding in a submarine.
And if the temperatures are really high, as it happens during some summers, a cave is the answer: Mramornica near Brtonigla delights kids with stalagmites high up to 13 meters.
Researching history and nature
Did you know that there was a Squirrel Park in Umag, near the Melia Coral Hotel? Squirrels are a special delight to children and the good thing about this park is that it can be reached from the beach. If your child loves birds more, visit the Antenal-Mirna ornithological reserve near Novigrad, where you can also run, fishing, ride a kayak and ride a bike. And if they prefer swords and knights, Momjan has a fantastic castle!