Located north towards Italy, its compact centre attracting day trippers from over the border, Novigrad can seem like a humble resort town by Istrian standards. It’s 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. Instead of being crammed with tourist businesses, the seaward tip of Novigrad’s Old Town peninsula has a shaded park and a waterside walkway. Still, for a community of fewer than 4,000 people, Novigrad finds room for a surprising number of decent bars, hotels and restaurants. The more modern part of town stretches less than 1 kilometre east, to the bus station and a small hotel complex.
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Things to do in Novigrad
Novigrad was called Cittanova by the Venetians, who graced the town with most of its elegant historical sights. The Venetian-style campanile beside St Pelagius, a Baroque 18th-century church built on the foundations of a medieval basilica, rises over the modest network of streets. Here in the main square, Veliki trg, and the main street of Velika ulica, stands a landmark Venetian loggia, containing the Town Hall. North of town at Karpinjan, near the new marina, is the Rigo Palace, built in 1760. As well as new exhibitions, it has a permanent display of historic items.
Novigrad hotel and accommodation guide
Novigrad offers some outstanding accommodation options, with the recently relaunched four-star Maestral leading the pack as far is the large-size resort hotels are concerned. Offering high standards in a more intimate setting are the marina-side Hotel Nautica, and the family-run Cittar – one of the best mid-range hotels you’ll find in Croatia, let alone Istria.
Where to eat and drink in Novigrad...
Novigrad restaurant guide
Novigrad restaurant culture is surprising top-class. Most noteworthy is Damir i Ornella, although Konoba Čok, Marina and Pepenero are of a high standard too. There are others on Rivarella with a sea-view terrace and a reliable kitchen for popular standards. Several of them are year-round.