Umag was actually established in a place where the city of Sipar used to stand. Today, that city is mostly underwater, but its remains can be seen during stronger ebb-tide. It is located next to the pier of the same name, four kilometers north of Umag. It is believed that the remains found there date back to the first century BC.
I am especially drawn to the remnants of the walls that used to guard the city from the mainland side because they are a clearly visible trace of human activity at the very beginning of the beach! In this area, it is also possible to find remains of ancient Roman villas in which the nobility of long ago resided on what is now the Umag Riviera. Today, vacation homes stand in the very same places, only slightly different: Apartments Polynesia Blue Laguna and Stella Maris Resort villages, and Sol Aurora and Melia Coral hotels.
The Umag Atlantis is not the only submerged location that ancient history aficionados find interesting. A bit further north, near the town of Zambratija, a prehistoric pile-dwelling which dates back to the distant neolithic was discovered. Scientists assume that the settlement on oak trees was built between 4230 and 3980 BC. Unfortunately, this settlement is completely submerged, located at a depth of 2.5 to 3 meters under the sea and since I’m not a diver, I have not seen it for myself yet. But, if you dive and cultivate affinities for underwater sites, report your impressions!
Life, however, did not only flourish on the coast itself. In the village of Krasica, near the town of Buje, it is possible to see the remains of ancient castles, in which my ancestors – Histri! – lived. They dwelled in that area, and in old forts until the arrival of the Romans, who converted the area into an ager, and the forts that survived them continued to develop into small towns. A happy circumstance that, because otherwise none of the pearls that are truly worth visiting in Northwestern Istria would have come to pass!