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.


Visnjan is a quiet town about 13km inland from the coastal town of Porec but being on higher ground has panoramic views to the sea. The community has a history extending to ancient times and the local churches have some interesting 16th century frescoes. Local restaurants make the most of the excellent local wines and the produce from the region.

Hilltop town of Visnjan
Hilltop town of Visnjan

Visnjan is well placed to explore both the interior of Istria and the coastal towns.

Spectacular sea view from Visnjan's hilltop square and old well
Spectacular sea view from Visnjan's hilltop square and old well


Porec is one of the principal tourist centres on the Istria coast. The town has a long history. Porec was an important Roman army base in the second century AD (the Roman name was Parentium). Today the old town has elements originating from its Roman and later Venetian history. The most notable building is the Episcopal Complex of the Basilica of Euphrasius dating from the 6th century, an important example of early Byzantine architecture and the earliest example of a triple apsed church in Western Europe.

Porec old town
Porec old town

In the summer Porec is a busy tourist centre with an abundance of restaurants, cafes and hotels around the centre and along the coast, a selection of beaches and a wide range of activities and entertainments for all age groups close at hand. These activities include waterparks, cable water skiing and wake boarding, cycle routes (including level tracks along the sea shore), kayak and jet ski hire, banana boat rides, Dino park (an amusement park for kids with rides and life size model dinosaurs), Barendine cave and the Parenzana electric train.

Getting there : Pula airport is 55 Kilometres (40 minute drive) and Trieste airport in Italy is 126 km (2 hours drive). There is a ferry service from Venice so a holiday in Porec can be combined with a short stay or a day trip to Venice.

Our Villas in Novigrad

Villa Natasha
Villa Natasha A four bedroom, five bathroom luxury air conditioned villa with a heated pool, in a two acre garden, five minute walk to the beach. Gym, fitness, internet. Thirty minutes from a new golf course.
Villa Amarena
Villa Amarena A four bedroom, four bathroom air-conditioned modern new villa with pool and own garden, one of six on a gated estate, 400 metres from the beach. Luxurious, beautifully finished in tones of sand and stone, in a quiet area, but close to all amenities. Wireless internet.
Villa Geraldine
Villa Geraldine Villa Geraldine is a three hundred year old authentic semi-detached Istrian villa located in the village of Vabriga near Novigrad. It consists of a two bedroom apartment and a studio apartment. There is a garden with a private swimming pool. Partial air-con. Private parking. WiFi.
Castle Beach
Castle Beach A luxury seafront, air-conditioned, 4 bedroom. 4 bathroom modern villa, beach location, indoor/outdoor pool, BBQ, terraces, WiFi, wellness area. Golf 15km.

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