The Istrian peninsula is crammed with picturesque walled old towns on the sea but few are as fetching as Novigrad. The core of the old town lies on a limestone peninsula that was once an island. Medieval walls topped with restored crenellated towers run along the port and the historic core is replete with 15th to 18th-century houses and palaces. Novigrad is similar to Rovinj but less visited.
A architectural highlight of Novigrad is the baroque Rigo Palace with a beautifully sculpted facade. The tip of the island is devoted to a park shaded with parasol pines and there's a lungomare--seaside promenade--that runs along the coast to the Novigrad marina, one of the most sheltered in the Adriatic.
There is a delightful beach club to stretch out and relax on a lounge chair. Try Beach Club Macumba, a humble, unpretentious hangout.
Getting to Novigrad
If you're driving down from Slovenia, it would be hard to avoid Novigrad (see Novigrad on a map). It's an easy drive and good day trip from the Istrian towns Umag, Porec or Rovinj and there are a number of daily buses as well.
Accommodation in Novigrad
Four-star hotels in Novigrad
Hotel Nautica--high design on the marina
Camping Lanterna near Novigrad is one of Croatia's best.
Tourist Information in Novigrad
The tourist office (tel 052-757 075) is at Porporella 1.