Holiday homes and apartments in Umag and Novigrad area
The area of Umag, Buje and Novigrad is the entrance to Istria for all tourists coming from the direction of Slovenia and Italy, i.e. Western Europe. A rich variety can be found in this microregion, from gentle shores with nice beaches, the vineyard-overgrown areas of Brtonigla and the outskirts of Novigrad, to the hilly areas of Buje and Grožnjan full of forests and olive trees.
The holiday tradition in the Umag area dates back to ancient villas which were the beginning of today's wellness tourism, one of the backbones of the town's tourism offer. Umag is also well-known for its ATP Tournament held at the Stella Maris stadium for over two decades with performances of many famous tennis players. Many bike paths for recreational cycling are stretched throughout Umag's outskirts both inland and right beside the sea, and if you want to take a break from your bike and freshen up, there are many taverns, restaurants and wine routes where you can taste the true flavours of this area.
On the most western bay of Istria the small fishing settlement Savudrija can be found, famous for the oldest Adriatic lighthouse, built in 1818 and 16 meters tall. Savudrija's fishing history is evident in the inhabitants' unique way of mooring their boats which are highly raised on special wooden stands.
If you are an enthusiast of the calmness and casualness of a small fishing settlement, then you can find near Umag, Novigrad, a typical fishing town with a nice old town surrounded by medieval walls. A walk down the Lungomare promenade and the narrow town streets to the sound of the waves and the breeze in the pine trees gives Novigrad's tourists a unique relaxed feeling.
East of Novigrad to the inland is Brtonigla, a small settlement of rich wine-growing tradition with the best-known ones today being the representatives of the families Visintin (Verada), Catunar and Ravalico, who produce not only high-quality wine, but also excellent extra virgin olive oil. It is also possible to taste and buy their products in their taverns (with prior notice). The forests and Mediterranean maquis are rich in wild animals, making this area a favourite destination of hunting tourism enthusiasts.
Near Brtonigla to the inland is Buje, which is also known for wine and olive growing. This small picturesque town situated on top of a hill with a nice medieval town and rich culinary offer in its surrounding area (Momjan and Grožnjan), making it ideal for a day trip to Istria's inland.