Novigrad Photos: Journey Through Photos

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.

Novigrad photos

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 harbour

View to the town of Novigrad from the harbor

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 Photos: Fishing boats

Fishing boats in the harbor

Novigrad Photos: Boat's Bow

Bows of the boats in the harbor

Novigrad Photos: Harbour

Harbor

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.

NNovigrad Town Walls

High tide reaching town's fortification walls

Novigrad Photos: Town Gate

One of the many town gates

Novigrad: Charming old town

Old town is enclosed within massive 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.

Novigrad Streets

Street in the old town

Novigrad Photos: Colorful houses

Colorful houses

Novigrad Photos: Church with a tower bell

Church with a tower bell

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.

Venetian Loggia in Novigrad

Venetian Loggia

The sea can get rough here. There are few long protective piers in the town.

Novigrad protective pier

Novigrad protective pier

Rough sea in Novigrad

Rough sea in Novigrad

Enterance to Novigrad Marina

Entrance to marina

Vitriol Bar with its superb seafront terrace is my favorite place for an aperitif. Following photo will tell you why.

Vitriol Bar

Superb seafront terrace

Finally two photos of Novigrad beaches. Both of them are located north of the old town.

Novigrad Beach

Beach Karpinjan in Novigrad

 

Novigrad Photos: a beach in Novigrad

Novigrad Photos: a beach in Novigrad

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks, Jennifer. Next time you are around, let us know and we can have a glass of wine together. Or even visit few wineries together. That would be great!

  1. Erin
    Erin says:

    *whistles* Would you look at those views! I could certainly enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the scenery here. Feel like I had a mini-vacation just enjoying this blog post. By the way, I also enjoy Quebec ;P

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  2. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Novigrad just looks stunning! I am so jealous of this type of scenery as it just does not exist here in Australia, well at least the town scenery. We are not short of water and boats :)

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks for stopping by Sharon. You are right that this is kind of old world charm. However, Australian scenery, although different, is hard to beat :-)

    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks, Sam! Yes, it is a small fishing town, so I am not surprised that you haven’t heard about it before. Glad to introduce Novigrad to you, though :-).

  3. Chris Boothman
    Chris Boothman says:

    I really have to commend you for the quality of your pictures! Every photo post you put together have a series of great images that encourage folks to visit the region. Novigrad is clearly one of those smaller towns in Croatia that is less recognized around the world but with such a beautiful marina and the colorful houses, I am sure that people will start flocking there to explore for themselves!

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  4. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    SJ @ Chasing the Donkey says:

    Man, we decided to skip this place last week. What a mistake, I had no idea it was so darn pretty. Even prettier than Rovinj! Drugi put!

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Lol, SJ! I used to bring here all the friends who were visiting us, and Vera’s question always was: Why to Novigrad? Until she took the time to explore it. Now it’s her favorite town in Istria too.

  5. mon ika
    mon ika says:

    Nice place where you guys are at, warmer than Quebec right? :-) Bonjour alors! :P
    I noticed the E coast of Istria looks similar to all these beauties, am I right? Nice photographs, Cheers!

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks, Monika! East coast of Istria has actually IMO a bit more dramatic scenery. Higher mountains, nicer pebble beaches… However, boat coasts are nice in its own way. Thanks again for stopping by.

    • mon ika
      mon ika says:

      I needed to check on the map quickly Novigrad when I was seeing your lovely post.
      I must share: there are little places on the E coast with very similar imagery than these you show! I totally thought they were the ones not far from Opatija (little villages)…. Cheers :D

  6. Samantha @mytanfeet
    Samantha @mytanfeet says:

    Gorgeous photos as always! Looks like a nice place to visit. From my understanding, because there are lots of boats with black flags out in the Gulf where I live is that the black flags are for the birds. I could be wrong but that’s what someone had explained to me.

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      That must be an explanation, Samantha! Thanks! It is certainly not for a fashion reasons :-), ’cause they look messy. Although still cute in their own way.

  7. Gabor Kovacs
    Gabor Kovacs says:

    Novigrad, another a small town in Croatia with such interesting history (much part of it connected to Hungary), they were able to defend the city from the Turkish army. I love reading about these places you write about. Colorful photos, they just make you want to be there. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks, Gabor! I think you are referring to another Novigrad – also a seaside town but near Zadar (this one is in Istria, close to Slovenia & Italy). We keep using the same names for different towns – don’t know why, I guess just to confuse everybody :-)

    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks, Istria Outside My Window! Oh, Vitriol is a great little place. It’s been closed for the first time for almost two months and my life just wasn’t the same. Pathetic?! Seriously, aperitif by the sea is all I need to be happy :-) (ok, they also serve you a bowl of crisps, and olives)

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