Novigrad is really one of my favorite towns in Istria. I hope that these photos will bring you a taste of this charming Istrian town. It's the smallest seaside town on the west coast of Istria. But there are few reasons why I like Novigrad so much.I love to have an aperitif at wine bar Vitriol (right at the seafront, always busy, and covered terrace open almost all year around). You can find me often there, sipping a glass of local white wine while enjoying the sunset. Novigrad features some of the best seafood restaurants in the entire Istria. Bigger is not always better: being smaller than the neighboring towns, Novigrad features less big hotels, and is less crowded during the summer. I have a weakness for walled towns (I'm from Quebec after all).
Here is my photo journey through Novigrad, Istria.
The very first thing you will notice in Novigrad is its fishing harbor. This is a lovely place with fishing boats, fishermen, fishing nets, and lots of sea gulls.
Fishing boats here have lots of black flags hanging on the boats. I still don't know what's their purpose. (If you do, please let me know in the comments below)
Novigrad town walls are beautiful. Some houses are even part of the fortification walls with the windows looking toward the sea. Take a stroll around old town's fortification walls.
Old town Novigrad reminds of many Italian fishing towns. Its pastel colored houses, tiny streets and passages, give a timeless charm to this Istrian town.
Old Venetian loggia, overlooking the sea and Lanterna peninsula, is the only Venetian loggia found in any Istrian coastal town. Venetian loggia are mostly found inland.
The sea can get rough here. There are few long protective piers in the town.
Vitriol Bar with its superb seafront terrace is my favorite place for an aperitif. Following photo will tell you why.
Finally two photos of Novigrad beaches. Both of them are located north of the old town.