Seaside Umag is known for its Roman and medieval relics, its age-old wellness tourism, and for being the host of Croatia’s international tennis tournament. Or explore Novigrad, a peaceful and welcoming walled town set around a lovely marina where the River Mirna meets the Adriatic Sea. A pretty hill-top town, Buje is one of the most famous wine and olive producing areas in Istria and is surrounded by grapevines and olive groves.
Umag has become world-famous since it began hosting the ATP Croatia Open tennis tournament in 1990, but there is a lot more to the town than just tennis. The quaint old town was built on the foundations of Roman ruins on a small peninsula which used to be an island. Walking through the narrow streets you can still see remains of town walls, a gate and a draw bridge, along with four medieval churches. St Peregrine was built in 1401, the church of St Roche was built in 1507, and the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is from the Baroque era. Wellness tourism and health has been a feature of the town since Roman times. Many of the hotels and resorts have extensive wellness centres and spas, swimming pools and fitness centres, with regular wellness events throughout the year. For a cultural experience visit Umag at the end of July in time for the festival of Ancient Sepomaia Viva. This is when locals celebrate their Roman heritage with costumes, food and dancing.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday, Umag has two lovely beaches - Katoro and Polynesia - which have a mixture of pebbles, rocks and sand with facilities for sports, food and children. At Katoro you can also explore a Roman archaeological site where the remains of ancient seaside villas have been found. Polynesia beach is often popular with naturists. You can also make use of the extensive sports facilities in Umag, including (you guessed it) tennis courts.