Novigrad is situated on a small peninsula on the western coast of Croatia more specifically in Istria County. Upon entering the town itself what strikes you is the serene environment which is largely contributed by the fact that approximately only 3,000 people of the total 5,000 reside in the town. Croats make a majority of the inhabitants while Istrian Italians also make a considerable percentage of the population. Novigrad has retained its medieval structure and layout, with narrow, winding streets and small shops. The medieval fortification is also well preserved with the town wall, its battlements and two round towers still standing strong.
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Evidence of the rich Novigrad history and culture is well preserved all-round the town, some as clear as the wall surrounding the city while some subtle and need to be looked for. A good example of where to look is the Lapidarium Museum, Novigrad’s Romanesque crypt or the Gallerion Austro-Hungarian Navy museum. The availability of ideal conditions has led to booming vineyard cultivation, this in turn offers an opportunity for tourists to indulge in drinking arguably amongst the very best wines.
The various festivals organized throughout the year offer a unique chance for interacting with the culture and native residents of the town. One of the most notable festival is the Gnam Gnam Festival held throughout the year to acknowledge Novigrad’s culinary credentials, what makes it truly unique is the fact that it occurs in series with every series focusing on a specific ingredient. Do not forget to visit the Antenal-Mirna ornithological reserve and have a go at birdwatching in the middle of breath-taking natural scenery. Regardless of your interests whether you are passionate about sports, cultural events, concerts, parties for children or the night life this fishing town is the place to be.