Umag

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Umag (Italian: Umago) is a town in Istria on the Adriatic coast of Croatia.

Panorama of Umag

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Umag is a picturesque small Mediterranean town. Its harbour is the Croatian gate to Europe, the first tourist destination you come across on arrival to the northern part of the Adriatic coast. Umag has excellent road and air connections with all large towns in the world (at only 50 nautical miles from the famous Venice!). It is located in an attractive bay with one of the most prestigious ACI marinas awarded the Blue Flag.

Its natural beauties, the history and tradition of the old town and of the surrounding Istrian area, a warm Mediterranean climate with an abundance of sunshine during most months of the year and high quality hotels, campsites, apartments and bungalows make Umag an ideal vacation place for the whole family. The history of the town is exceptionally interesting: a favourite during acient times of the Roman aristocracy, who adopted it for their summer residence, the town has preserved parts of the town walls and defence towers as well as Renaissance and Baroque houses and churches - the most famous among them being the parish church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and the church of St. Peregrine.

Umag/Umago is a widely known for the international ATP tennis tournament, which has been successfully organized since 1990.

The town, like many others in the region, is officially bilingual with plenty of street signs in Italian (which is also spoken by a significant part of the population).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Trieste-Ronchi dei Legionari International Airport (45 km)
  • The airport at Pula/Pola (65 km)

By train[edit]

  • The rail station at Pazin/Pisino (35)
  • Rail Station Buzet/Pinguente (40)

By car[edit]

  • From the North:

Ljubljana - Kopar - Border Kaštel/Plovanija (Castelvenere/Plovania) - Umag/Umago

  • From the East:

Zagreb - Rijeka/Fiume - tunnel Učka-Buzet (galleria Monte Maggiore-Pisino) - Buje/Buie - Umag/Umago

  • From the South:

Pula/Pola - Vodnjan/Dignano - Bale/Valle d'Istria - Sv. Lovrec/San Lorenzo del Pasenatico - Poreč/Parenzo - Novigrad/Cittànuova d'Istria - Umag/Umago

Alternative route: Pola - Dignano - Valle d'Istria - San Lorenzo - Baderna/Monpaderno - Vižinada/Visinada - Buie - Umago

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Umag - the old town
  • Old town of Umag/Umago

Due to the town's stormy history, the buildings from the Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages were completely destroyed. The present historical core has inherited the urban structure of the Middle Ages. There are numerous reminders of that era: wall remains, Venetian villas and above all, picturesque narrow streets. The one that is best preserved is also the oldest one – the west tower now housing the Museum, keeper of a valuable collection of archaeological artefacts found on the site of the town.

  • Church of St. Peregrine

Not far from the town - on the Rosazzo promontory - there is a small, very old Church of St. Peregrine. It was built by the inhabitants of Umago to mark the spot where the saint was executed during the Diocletian era.

  • Lighthouse in Savudrija/Salvore

The oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic coast, built in 1818; it's 36 m high with the light visible from the distance of 32 kilometres. The construction of the lighthouse is connected with a love story of Count Metternich, who although married, fell in love with a local girl and had the lighthouse built to her honour.

  • Sipar Promontory

Between Savudrija/Salvore and Umago, during low tides a small 200 m long and 50 m wide promontory and a pile of stones rise from the sea: these are the only remains of the ancient castle of Sipar which date back from the 5th century. The town of Siparis existed here during the Roman era, a proof of this being the foundations of villas and houses, mosaics, marble, ceramic, urns and coins found in this location, all dating from the era of Constantine and Valerius. Sipar was totally plundered and destroyed in 876 by the Neretvian pirates led by the Ban Domagoj and never regained its previous significance.

  • Villa Tiola

A real paradise for divers! This luxury villa had its own Roman spa, water cistern, huge dwelling quarters lavishly decorated with mosaics on the floor and frescos on the walls. The remains of a pier measuring 30 metres in length and 6 metres wide are located in the sea near the villa, while the remains of an enormous construction can also be recognized, most likely a pool of another Roman villa.

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Hotels[edit]

  • Hotel Meliá Coral, [1]. The first 5 stars hotel in Istria.  edit
  • Hotel Sol Umag, [2]. Elegance, details, style, relaxation...  edit
  • Hotel Sol Garden Istra, [3]. The sport & family hotel with an impressive water park.  edit
  • Hotel Sol Aurora - All Inclusive, [4]. Impressive natural surroundings and the interior provides the warmest Mediterranean atmosphere.  edit
  • Hotel Sipar, [5]. Waking up with a view of the open sea and to the sound of waves.  edit
  • Guest house - Komfor Adriatic, [6]. An unforgettable view of the whole town of Umag and its surroundings.  edit
  • Rooms for rent Moj Mir, [7]. The place where you can be yourself, sheltered from the rest of the world.  edit


Resorts[edit]

  • Meliá Istrian Villas, [8]. The cape stretching far into the open sea, where the green arches the clearness of the sea and the sun warms the beaches hidden from the rest of the world.  edit
  • Sol Amfora, [9]. Sol Amfora apartments are in the centre of the Stella Maris Resort, a breathtaking seaside destination in Umag.  edit
  • Sol Stella, [10]. The most beautiful croatian beach  edit
  • Polynesia, [11]. The resort is bathed in sun and crystal-clear sea, with a long beach at the very promontory.  edit
  • Kanegra, [12]. Entertainment, games, contests, cocktails, DJ music all day long, dancing till dawn in a new discotheque...  edit
  • Savudrija, [13]. The tourist resort is located near the oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic Coast from 1818, the history of which hides a tragic love story of Count Metternich of Austria.  edit

Campsites[edit]

  • Campsite Park Umag, [14]. Campsite Park Umag is one of the largest Mediterranean campsites.  edit
  • Campsite Finida, [15]. Peaceful, intimate atmosphere and secluded bays, providing a real experience of nature.  edit
  • Campsite Stella Maris, [16]. Modern campsite for families and individuals who enjoy active holidays and nature.  edit
  • Campsite Pineta, [17]. Protected from everyday noise, in the atmosphere of a picturesque fishermen’s village.  edit
  • Kanegra FKK, [18]. This naturist campsite offers natural holiday experience.  edit

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Get out[edit]

  • Arena in Pula

The Roman amphitheatre is located in the city centre. It was built in 1st century BC and took its present form a century later when it could seat about 20,000 spectators. It served for gladiator fights that took place in it until 5th century.

  • Brijuni Islands - national park (Parco Nazionale di Brioni)
  • The Cretaceous Park with fossilized dinosaur footprints, Byzantine castrum and the remains of Roman villas, archaeological and natural-science collection, the exhibition “Josip Broz Tito on Brijuni”, the Mausoleum of the Kupelwieser family are only some of the sights you should not miss. And while walking along the islands you will be accompanied by numerous tame bird species, deer, mouflons and other big game.
  • Euphrasian Basilica (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage)

In the town of Poreč/Parenzo, there is one of the most beautiful early Byzantine churches in Europe called Euphrasian Basilica after the bishop, who had this marvellous three-nave church built over the site of an older church. Of special interest are the impressive mosaics over the apse of precious stones and mother-of-pearl.

  • The walls at Motovun/Montona

The walls surrounding this small medieval hilltop town present an invaluable cultural and historical heritage of Istria. The very well preserved old town core is surrounded by impressive defence walls.

  • Hum – the smallest town in the world

According to the Guinness Book of Records, with its 23 inhabitants, Hum is the smallest town in the world. It is situated in the central part of Istria and famous for the Alley of the Glagolitic priests – a unique memorial to the old Croatian Glagolitic script.

  • Lim Channel (Canale di Leme)

It is a geo-morphological phenomenon with overgrown canyon cliffs rising up to 150 m above sea level. With its narrow, 11 km long inlet it represents one of the most beautiful landscapes in Istria.

  • Nature Park Učka (Parco naturale del Monte Maggiore)

The Učka/Monte Maggiore and its highest peak (Vojak, at 1401 m) offer breathtaking 360° panoramic view over the Istrian peninsula, norther Adriatic islands, Gorski Kotar mountains, Venice, the Italian Alps...



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