Travel guide Novigrad
So close yet so far – Arrival at your holiday home in Istria
Novigrad in Istria is closer than you think, with a direct distance of only 350 kilometers from Munich to Novigrad. If you travel by road, you have the choice. You can enter Croatia via Austria and Slovenia or take the route through Italy. From the border, drive on the E571 to the Nova Vas exit, and from there continue to your accommodation. If you fly to Croatia, you can travel to your holiday home via the Pula
airport, which is served from Frankfurt and Munich. You can continue your journey with a rental car, which will take you to your holiday apartment via E571 in about an hour.
Sunshine galore – the weather during your vacation
The weather in Novigrad is perfect for all sun worshippers. In summer, you can expect ten hours of sunshine a day. Average temperatures are around 25°C in June. July and August boast 28°C. The Adriatic Sea has 24°C in these months. Even if you travel to Istria in the winter, you can enjoy pleasant temperatures above freezing.
Ancient walls, vibrant city
The historic city has a rich cultural heritage. After all, the town was already settled in ancient times. The Greeks and Romans were here, and for a long time, the city was under the rule of Venice. You'll find attractions at every corner of the city. Of particular interest are the remains of the old city wall. In the past, the entire island was surrounded by fortified walls. Large parts of them have been preserved to this day. The site is complemented by two round towers from the Renaissance. An older tower is located near the former city gate. Novigrad's old town exudes plenty of charm. The city's attractions also include the Parish Church of St. Pelagius. Worth seeing are the church building and the crypt below. This is the only one in Istria and one of the few in Croatia. Another interesting religious building is the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The St. Agatha Church impresses primarily with its three-aisled structure and gabled roof. You should also make a detour from your accommodation to the city of Poreč
. The town is one of the most important coastal cities on Istria's west coast. The bishop's building with the Euphrasian Basilica is remarkable. The ensemble is under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Modern art and ancient stones
The first address for art lovers is the Lapidarium Museum. The modern building itself is a sight to behold. Inside, the most important collection of stone monuments in Croatia is exhibited. Moreover, the house is a cultural venue for exhibitions and concerts. Maritime and naval warfare is the focus of the Austro-Hungarian Marine Gallery and Museum. The patrician family Rigo once had a Baroque city villa built. It now houses a gallery for modern art. Mainly works of young, talented artists are shown. But also works by significant artists can be seen. More art to your liking? Here you go: In Pula, you'll find the Museum of Modern Art Istria. The city of Rovinj is also worth a visit. The House of Batana tells the story of the region's typical wooden fishing boats.
Novigrad – a vast gourmet temple
Novigrad used to be a fishing village. And so seafood remains a big draw for gourmets to this day. Be sure to try the scallops. Another specialty of the region is Adriatic sashimi, the Mediterranean variation of sushi. The locally produced olive oil is well-known and highly sought-after. There are also other Istrian specialties, such as fresh truffles, local pasta with spicy sauce, or Boškarin beef. In Novigrad, you will find a selection of excellent restaurants that masterfully prepare these delicacies for you. An Istrian wine, like Malvasia or Tera, complements the culinary delights. Do you want to have the taste of the Istria region at home on your tongue? Then you should visit the town of Buje
. Here you will find numerous winemakers known for their fine wines. If you want to cook in the kitchen of your budget holiday apartment, you can stock up on regional products at low prices in and around Novigrad. Whether you eat at your accommodation or in a restaurant, locals and vacationers meet at the harbor in the evening and end the day in a small bar.
Sea and pool – bathing fun in Istria
The water of the Adriatic in Istria is considered the cleanest in the entire Mediterranean. The picturesque place and the idyllic beaches invite you to a beach vacation in Novigrad
. The entrance to the water is shallow, so the little ones can safely gather their first experiences with the element water. Several beaches around Novigrad not only offer water sports but are additionally equipped with other attractions. Particularly popular is Karpinjan beach. The water in the bay impresses with its turquoise color, while the beach itself boasts an idyllic location. There is a nice beach bar, as well as a basketball, soccer, and handball field. A popular destination for the whole family is the Istralandia Aquapark. The water park is located a bit inland of Istria and can be reached by shuttle bus. The park's highlight is its numerous water slides. Your children can let off steam in the 1,000-square-meter children's pool. A visit to Brijuni National Park is also an adventure. You can reach the island from Fažana
on an excursion boat. Be amazed by the flora and fauna of the archipelago. Looking for the ultimate thrill on your vacation? You can get it at Zip-line Pazin Jama. On the four routes across the valley, you can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h. Or start a panoramic flight from the sports airport in Vrsar. The aircraft exhibition, where you can sit in the pilot seat yourself, is also worth seeing. Your private holiday home is the ideal starting point for your adventures. The apartments are located in quiet surroundings, and the sea is never far. In many holiday apartments, you can see the Mediterranean from the balcony. The holiday homes are comfortably furnished. TV and Wi-Fi are standard equipment in most holiday apartments. And since the outdoors is the most beautiful part of Istria, many holiday homes have a garden. Budget holiday homes with a pool are also available. Does your family include a dog? Then come for a vacation with your dog in Novigrad
. Croatians are very relaxed when it comes to pets. In many private holiday apartments, your dog is welcome. Two beaches in Novigrad are designated as dog beaches. You can find additional official dog beaches in Rovinj and Umag
. Dogs are tolerated on many wild beaches. Good to know: For entry, you need an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination. The pet must be marked with a microchip. You should consult with your veterinarian about protection against Mediterranean diseases.
Feasting through the seasons
A colorful event schedule runs through the annual cycle of Novigrad. Many festivals are dedicated to culinary delights: From April to October, various Istrian specialties are highlighted during the Gourmet Festival Gnam Gnam Fest. There are also seasonal festivals for gourmets and gourmands, such as the days of turbot, the scallop festival, or the days of squid. No need to worry about extra pounds if you participate in the Istria Granfondo Family & Gourmet tour. The gourmet cycling tour is family-friendly and suitable for children from ten years of age. The city's main festival is the Feast of Saint Pelagius with culture, entertainment, and sports events. Art lovers are drawn to the street artist festival or the photo exhibition Foto Ex Tempore on the peninsula. In Novigrad, you'll get a musical treat, such as at the Blues Festival or the Parkfest. During these events, the parks are transformed into large stages presenting music, theater, and performances.