They don’t cram them in at family-run Damir &Ornella. Six tables are ranged around a cosy, bare-brick interior, a comfortable setting for fish and shrimp specialities. This truly is from sea to plate, and most of what they create – and each dish is a mini-creation in its own right – is raw. Annually acknowledged as one of the finest dining destinations on the coast, Damir & Ornella is manned by the father and daughter of the same name, happy to take bookings rather than disappoint. Signposted on focal Velika ulica, it’s set down a narrow sidestreet near the seafront.
Located north towards Italy, its compact centre attracting daytrippers from over the border, Novigrad is neither as posh as Rovinj nor as packed as Poreč, but that’s precisely why this can be a charming location for a relaxing time by the sea. The seaward tip of its Old Town peninsula has a shaded park and a waterside walkway, behind which Novigrad finds room for a surprising number of decent bars, hotels and restaurants. A contemporary marina hints at a buoyant local economy.
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