I have to admit I haven’t regretted it one bit, the fact that I got to know this destination in its less famous edition, covered in Christmas decorations and lights and enveloped in the aroma of donuts and mulled wine.
Anyone who thinks Northwestern Istria is lively only in the summer has never visited this corner of Istria in winter nor have they ever experienced Christmas here. Even though it’s not a region with low temperatures, you still might need some warmer clothes to protect you from the wind (you can’t do much about the weather). Your hands will be warmed by cups of warm beverages from the numerous stalls at the many events taking place at this time of year.
Squid as the Taste of Winter
December marks the start of squid season, as well as the start of the Days of the Adriatic Squid event which will be taking place in restaurants all over Northwestern Istria. It’s not an accident that the Adriatic squid is mentioned by name it its title because it’s a way to draw attention to local squid, the quality of which outstrips its cousins. I’d recommend you try the Adriatic squid when it’s “in season”, fresh and prepared in the most imaginative ways, always with the aim of emphasizing its exquisiteness.
Two weeks of UMAGic Holidays are a traditional way of ushering in both Christmas and New Year’s Eve. What sets this event apart is the large number of local people participating, and its relaxed atmosphere where you can hang out, chat and learn interesting tidbits about the locale, as well as discovering the excellent, but less known delicacies to try and places to visit.
The five days long Christmas Fair in Novigrad is an excellent opportunity to buy unique presents for those closest to you and personal souvenirs of your visit to this part of Istria.