once a fishing town, has become one of the most agreeable seaside
resort on the northwestern Istrian coast. TOURIST
office Novigrad Mandrac
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Situated halfway between Umag and Porec, its riviera stretches from Dajla on the north to the mouth of the Mirna river on the south.
Despite the tourism development and its popularity, Novigrad has kept its intimate charm of a typical fishing town.
ETERNAL NEW CITY
Despite its name of «New City», Novigrad has a very ancient past. Its origins go back to the period of Greek colonization, then to the roman times when it was named Aemonia or Aemona.
The town was first mentioned in written documents with the name of Neapolis (New City) in the late 6th century during the Byzantine period when it was enlarged.
Afterward it was referred as Civitas Nova to eventually become Novigrad or Cittanova.
The old town is nowadays set on a its mini-peninsula. However, originally, Novigrad had risen on an island that made its junction with the continent only in the 18th century.
The peninsula is surrounded by two inlets, the northern one hosts the ACI marina Nautika while the southern shelters a couple of hotels and campsites.
Although dating back to the roman times, Novigrad has only preserved its renaissance architecture on the medieval structure characterized by narrow, winding streets with tiny cobbled squares and passages.
The old town with the pastel colored houses is centered around the square (Veliki trg) where erects a baroque church of St. Pelagija and a Venetian loggia from the 16th century dominating the sea.
A shaded park with umbrella pines on a tip of the peninsula has access to the seaside promenade lined by the pensions and cafés with facades eaten and eroded by salt and sea spray. The lungomare leads to Mandrač, the town harbor full of fishing boats.
Partially preserved city battlements with two round towers, secret passages and town gates surrounding the old town were erected in the 13th century during the Venetian governance.
Nowadays, some houses, hotels and restaurants are built into the remains of the fortification walls with the windows looking toward the sea.
THE OTTOMAN ATTACK
Despite the defense walls protecting if for centuries, in 1687 Novigrad was unable to to withstand an Ottoman attack that left it largely devastated. Most of the medieval buildings were destroyed and the new ones erected inside the fortifications were gradually reshaped in the Venetian Gothic style.
Several buildings and palaces from the 16th and 17th centuries still subsist in the streets leading to the Veliki trg (Big square).
The Rigo Palace built in 1760 with its well preserved baroque facade is the most representative.
Belvedere, the town loggia is also an excellent example of Venetian architecture. This is the only remaining Istrian loggia built along the coast. The others are mostly found in peninsula's inland.
The majority of the big hotels (Maestral and Laguna) are concentrated in the south of the town.
Hotel Nautica is situated in the north of the old town and the Villa Cittar in the city center.
A great choice of private rooms and apartments in and around the center.
Sirena, a big campsite right by the beach is located south of the town.
The Mareda campsite is situated in the north of the old town.
Novigrad is also a yachting destination due to its first-class marina with nearly 400 berths situated in the well protected bay of St. Anton.
The marina's guests can choose to stay in the 4**** Nautica hotel that is a part of the nautical center.
In addition to be easily accessible to vehicles, open all year round, the marina is in close proximity to the old town.
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Novigrad has become one of the best places to eat in Istria featuring first-class seafood restaurants like: Damir & Ornella, Marina, Cok and Pepenero.
Novigrad also hosts monthly gastronomic evenings from April to October.
Mostly composed of rocky and cemented beaches, the indented Novigrad coastline also offers a couple of pebble ones.
Among locals, one of the most popular swimming spots (cemented sunbathing platforms) is situated along Novigrad town walls.
Tourist office Novigrad
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