Great sports events
To start the year off, all football fans will surely be interested in Istria Winter Cup, the international football tournament in Novigrad from January 27th to February 5th. Runners will be roused from winter slumber by the exciting Brtonigla Adventure Trek 2017, an orienteering trail race taking place on February 18th. And if you’re a fan of cycling, we’ve got two treats for you: Trophy Umag, the international team race that will pass through northwest Istria on March 1st, and the international Istrian Spring race, where cyclists from all over the world will compete for World Cup points from March 9th to 12th. If you want to participate instead of just watching, join the Umag Bike on May 7th or the international Istria Granfondo cycling marathon from October 6th to 8th. Fans of tennis will want to clear their calendar for July 14th through 23rd, for the Konzum Croatia Open Umag prestigious tennis tournament with a long tradition.
If you are among those who made a resolution to walk more but also need some motivation to do it, Istria Wine and Walk is the thing for you. A pleasant walk through the beautiful surroundings of Buje will also acquaint you with local winemakers and their unique, quality wine. What’s better than wine? Perhaps a combination of wine and… chocolate?! This exact combination will be celebrated at the Choco & Wine festival in Brtonigla on February 18th and 19th. Soon after, on March 11th and 12th, you can further spoil your palate at the Oleum Olivarum olive oil faire in the lovely town of Krasica.
Northwest Istria loves and cherishes its traditions, but is there anything better than making a new one? This year will mark the first Sea Star Festival, on May 26th and 27th, with about seventy performers taking to the six stages at Umag’s Stella Maris Resort, making the crowd dance.