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.

What to do in Novigrad?

Visit...

Taste...

  • Raw fish specialties known as Mediterranean Sashimi in the Damir & Ornella restaurant located in the old heart of Novigrad
  • Novigrad seafood dishes complemented with Istrian wines at the Čok restaurant near the harbour
  • Creative dishes using fresh locally sourced ingredients served in the Pepenero restaurant located in the town centre
  • Italian home-made ice cream, pastries and sweets at the Gustolato ice cream parlour on the Veliki trg square
  • Fancy something quick and simple? Novigrad offers plenty of bistros, pizza or fast food places. The delightful wine bars, cafes and ice cream parlours, homely atmosphere and friendliness of its people will enchant you.Find out more in our directory with contact information and addresses of restaurants in Novigrad.

Shop in...

  • 2 biggest supermarkets at the very entrance into the town or in small groceries all over the town
  • Numerous souvenir shops around the town offering hand-made produce and original Istrian specialties
  • Beach accessories, sunglasses, cycling equipment, fashion accessories or jewellery can be bought in specialised shops all over the town.

Stay at...

Nightlife in Novigrad...

  • Make sure you stop by the Coffee & Wine bar Vitriol, have a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the sea and the most beautiful sunset
  • Party at cafes and cocktail bars around town or try the Beach Club Macumba in Mareda, 3 km away from Novigrad
  • Novigrad offers plenty of events throughout the year: from food and music festivals to art and sports events. Find out more at Novigrad's event page.

Around the town...

  • Have fun at the first-class Aquapark Istralandia located just outside Novigrad
  • Visit the Antenal-Mirna ornithological reserve and have a go at birdwatching in the middle of breath-taking nature
  • Explore the numerous cycling paths leading you through some of the most beautiful sceneries in Istria
  • Explore wine and olive oil routes and taste the most precious Istrian produce
  • Set out on a day trip and discover the hidden treasures of small Medieval towns of the Istria's hinterland or go on a boat cruise and visit the well-known towns of the west coast of Istria
  • Or see our suggestions for holidays in Istria off the beaten track

The best time to visit Novigrad...

Are you a sports fan? Fancy some good food and drinks? Do relaxation and escaping the everyday activities sound good to you? In Novigrad you can enjoy the sports activities, gourmet specialties and excellent wellness stress relief programmes or relax on intact beaches throughout the year.

Find out more about the gourmet festivals, sporting, music and other events on Novigrad's events page. Check our accommodation section to find the best place to stay. Find the addresses and phone numbers of service providers you might need at the Novigrad's directory page. Check out the Novigrad weather forecast, create your itinerary and set out towards Istria. Welcome to Novigrad!

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Punto Mare

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