Novigrad

Novigrad

Novigrad, once a peaceful fishing town, over the years has become a compelling touristic destination. Although being so popular among tourists from all around the world, Novigrad has to this day kept its intimate and irresistible charm of a typical quite Mediterranean fishing town.

  • Novigrad, nowadays a picturesque little fishing town, was built on an island near the coast.
  • Well preserved old city walls, that date back to 13th century, represent one of the most interesting symbols of this tourist center.
  • Novigrad - in all the colours of Istria


Novigrad isn’t just a real architectural gem filled with astounding historical sights, rich cultural heritage and preserved natural beauty; Novigrad is also one of the top Istrian gourmet destinations where one can taste many gastronomic extravagance of the Mediterranean food. The Istrian excellent cuisine and its delights will spice up your stay and make your journey so comfortable you will for sure want to return to this charming town again.

The city walls have for centuries embraced and protected Novigrad’s rich history, its culture and valuable traditions. In fact the first written reference to the city goes back to the distant 599 A.D. Novigrad was founded on the grounds of several villages that are known to have existed on this same land in the past- Neapolis in the Seventh century, then Civitas Nova in the Ninth century, and ancient Emona (Aemonia) in the 12th century. All of this states the fact that Novigrad’s background is filled with a rich and very turbulent past.

 

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Punto Mare

On the Hotel Maestral beach, in the vicinity of the centre of the town of Novigrad, discover Punto Mare - a centre for top summer entertainment! An attractive sunbathing area, a modern swimming pool by the sea, refreshing cocktails and tasty snacks are just a part of the newly-opened centre Punto Mare. Daily ...
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Novigrad's Romanesque Crypt

In church architecture, a crypt is a stone chamber beneath a church floor. It was used as a chapel or a room for safekeeping relics. Crypts originated from catacombs, underground tunnels and chambers from the first centuries of the Common Era in which early Christian communities held services and buried their dead. ...
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A Safe Harbour - Mandrač in Novigrad

The nature has always made itself shelters and bulwarks from the stormy winds, high sea waves and the tempests. Such shelters, bays or “mandrač” areas, became places where people stayed, and it served as a shelter to the first settlers who established a small village in this area. Throughout the times, Mandrač in ...
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Lapidarium, a museum for a new age

Established several years ago and managed by a team of young professionals, Lapidarium Museum has helped usher Novigrad into a new millennium that poses novel challenges to towns in presenting their cultural heritage. The building housing the museum is in itself a curiosity. It is designed as two black boxes set in a ...
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Kapešante of Novigrad

True gourmets consider the pilgrim scallop of Novigrad, or kapešante as it is called locally, to be one of the tastiest shellfish in the world, because it grows in the Novigrad marine area where salty seawater mixes with fresh river water. A gourmet festival entitled “Kapešante of Novigrad” is held each year in honour ...
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