Northern Coastal Istria
The coastal regions of Northwestern Istria have a culture that draws from Italy and Croatia within a region dominated by a temperate Mediterranean climate. Traditionally a vacation spot for guests from Austria, Germany and the U.K., the word is getting out about this paradise on the Adriatic.
Savudrija represents a convergence of leisure activities and interesting history. Archaeological finds throughout the region indicate that the area had settlers as early as the Neolithic period. The facilities the Romans built to dock and disembark ships are also still standing among many other structural nods to the once-great empire.
Umag has a distinctly Mediterranean feel, due in part to the vast olive groves and vineyards where wine is produced; this is the heart of Istrian wine country with fertile soil and arable conditions. There are also bumper crops of tomatoes, another agricultural hallmark of the region, each season. Finally, Umag is the sporting capital of Istria given that it has a rich tennis culture - it has hosted an ATP tournament for many years. Novigrad features medieval stylings and Venetian architectural touches within its borders; its narrow streets wind through the downtown area among fortified walls and towers. It's a place of deep relaxation, great comfort and wonderful cuisine, and it all adds up to a welcoming and pleasurable experience.
The mixture of cultures, interests and geographies, all located in a coastal region, make Northern Coastal Istria a stimulating haven for travelers.
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