The tall belfry (the second highest in Istria) adjoining the Church of St. Servulus, can be seen from miles around and standing on the high point of this hilltop town is a striking landmark. It is possible to climb the tower which dates to the 15th century from where the view extends across four countries, Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Croatia. On a clear day it is also possible to see the Italian coastline on the opposite side of the Adriatic. The belfry offers one of the finest views in all of Istria.

Hilltop town of Buje
Hilltop town of Buje

Buje old town is charming but it is very much a regional centre and not just a tourist destination. Buje has a couple of supermarkets, a pharmacy and medical centre. In the old town among the cafes and restaurants are shops selling local wines, olive oils and truffle products. The local tourist office on the High Street provides information on Istria and the Buje area.

From Buje it is a short drive to the coast at Umag or Novigrad or inland to other picturesque hilltop towns in central Istria such as Motovun and Groznjan. Buje is in the heart of one of the best wine growing areas and there are signed wine routes which can be followed.


Novigrad (or Cittanova in Italian) is a charming coastal town from the Venetian era. It has an attractive harbour crowded with local fishing boats and an old town surrounded by fortifications and on the outer side (away from the harbour) a lungamare (promenade) providing a pleasant walk along the coast and an ideal place to sunbathe and swim. The main streets of the town, from which cars are excluded, is crammed with cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries. Nearby a new marina makes it a good base for boating on this coastline. Navigare Restaurant in the marina is a stylish spot for lunch or dinner.


If you are staying near Novigrad and go into the town for shopping or a coffee take your swimming kit and you can walk through to the outside of the town walls and take a refreshing dip.

Other towns on the west coast of Istria such as Rovinj, Porec and Vrsar are within easy reach. Most of the towns on this coast are communities first established in the Roman era or earlier but the dominant influence that can be seen today is Venetian. Most of the major coastal towns were under the control of the Venetian Republic during the medieval period. A short drive inland from Novigrad takes you to the most scenic part of central Istria with its stunning hilltop town such as Motovun and Groznjan. Here too is the heart of Istria's truffle region and hence many fine restaurants. Wine routes will guide you to the best wineries where wine tasting and guided tours are available.

Getting there

Novigrad is 70 kilometres from Pula airport (50 minute drive) and 100km form Trieste airport in Italy (90 minutes drive time).


The town of Umag has Roman origins and from 1248 it fell under the control of the Venetians. The old town reflects the Venetian influence and there are still Roman monuments to see. Today Umag is one of the most important tourist centres in Istria with many hotels and tourist developments along the seafront. Umag has excellent sports facilities. The Croatian ATP Open Tennis championship is held there every year in July.

Seaside town of Umag
Seaside town of Umag

With over 60 tennis courts in the town and professional tennis coaching available from the Goran Ivanisevic pro centre at the Umag Tennis Academy it is an ideal location for keen tennis players or families who wish to incorporate tennis coaching for their children into the holiday. Bike hire and bike trails are also available. Cyclists have some 500km of mountain and road trails to enjoy including the picturesque Parenzana route over an old railway line from Viznada to the Slovenian border. Nearby Savudrija is home to one of Croatia's few golf courses. The course adjoins the Kampinski hotel.

Our Villas in Buje

Villa Bliss
Villa Bliss A luxury air-conditioned five bedroom, four bathroom, new villa in traditional Istrian style, in a gated rural development near some charming Istrian towns and villages. Large garden and heated pool. Internet available. Fabulous countryside views. 20min from the beach. Excellent golf course 40min drive.

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