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A sightseeing 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 are "beaches" in Novigrad but don't expect sand; they're concrete!
There is a delightful beach club to stretch out and relax on a lounge chair. Try Beach Club Macumba, a humble, unpretentious hangout.
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.
Four-star hotels in Novigrad
Hotel Nautica--high design on the marina
Camping Lanterna near Novigrad is one of Croatia's best.
The tourist office (tel 052-757 075) is at Porporella 1.
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