Novigrad-Cittanova, Croatia

Novigrad-Cittanova Novigrad, once a fishing town, has become one of the most agreeable seaside resort on the northwestern Istrian coast.

S
ituated 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.

E
TERNAL NEW CITY


Des
pite 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.


T
he 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.

ISLAND=PENINSULA


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.

TIMELESS CHARM

A
lthough 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.

C
ITY WALLS


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).

T
he 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.

ACCOMMODATION


Hotels


T
he 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.


Private accommodation

A
great choice of private rooms and apartments in and around the center.


Campsites


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.

MARINA NAUTICA


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.


T
he 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.

+385 (0)52 600 480

www.nauticahotels.com


GOURMET DESTINATION


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.


BEACHES


M
ostly composed of rocky and cemented beaches, the indented Novigrad coastline also offers a couple of pebble ones.


TOWN
BEACH”


Among locals, one of the most popular swimming spots (cemented sunbathing platforms) is situated along Novigrad town walls.







 







TOURIST INFORMATIONS


Tourist office Novigrad

Mandrac 29a

52 466 Novigrad


www.novigrad-cittanova.hr

+00 385 (0) 52/ 757-075



 
 
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