Visit Umag – the Croatian door to Europe. Umag (or Umago in Italian) is the sportiest city on the coast famous for the annual Croatia Open Umag – the country´s oldest and most famous tennis tournament. But, discover a lot more in this delightful city!
Meet the City
Umag is a coastal town in Istria. It is also the westernmost place in Croatia. Due to that, it is often called the Croatian door to Europe. It is famous for tourism, tennis tournament, agriculture, olive and wine growing. It´s history dates back to to Roman times. The old town is surrounded by the remains of its 13th to 18th century walls. Back in the days, Italians made up the majority of the population. Today, that figure is around 18%, but the town is still billingual. This picturesque town will give you more than you expect: amazing Mediterranean cuisine, beautiful sun and sea and an unforgettable holiday.
Umag is a city that offers various activities for various types of people. It has preserved the Medieval architecture which you can see in the city walls, Venetian villas, streets… Enjoy the views while walking through the Old Town. The oldest and the best preserved building is certainly the Museum of the City. It is located in the city centre and it´s housed in the 14th century Bishop´s Tower which was once used as a fortress to defend Umag from seafront attacks. Don´t miss this opportunity to learn about town´s amazing history.
Of course, if you´re there during summer, go to ATP tennis tournament: Croatia Open Umag. It is held every year in July, in a seashell-shaped stadium named after Goran Ivanisevic – one of the most famous tennis players.
If you go a little bit outside of Umag, you can visit the oldest lighthouse in Croatia. It was built in 1818 and there is a legend about its construction. Metternich, an Austrian count, fell in love with a Croatian lady at a Viennese ball so he had this lighthouse built only for her. However, she got ill and never got to see it, so the count decided to never again visit the lighthouse.
Furthermore, if you are interested in art – explore it in centuries old churches. You can find the church of the Assumption of Mary in the city centre, the Church of St. Roche right at the entrance of Umag´s old town, and the Parish Church of Annunciation on the town´s central square. You can see wooden ceilings, oil paintings, marble altars, relics and much more.
Sky above, sand below…
Here, you will find some of the beaches with the highest sea quality (proved by the Blue Flags). Some of the most famous beaches are: Katoro, Aurora, Kanegra and Laguna Stella Maris. Katoro Beach is located 2 km from Umag. It is rocky and a bit pebbly. Laguna Stella Maris Beach is a pebbly beach located 3 km from Umag. It is surrounded with pine trees where you can find shade. You will find various contents on the beach: sports activities, tennis and volleyball courts, aquagan, several bars and restaurants. Everything you need for a perfect day at the beach.
Since tourism here developed rapidly, you will find a lot of great hotels, perfect for families and couples, with three or four stars. If it´s rainy enjoy a good wellness day, and if you saw already everything in the city take a short boat trip to the surroundings. You can also have day trips to Pula, Rovinj, Medulin or some other nice Istrian towns, or to Brijuni National Park.
What you definitely shouldn´t miss is Istrian cuisine: Istrian truffle (definitely a MUST!), homemade pasta and superb Istrian wines. Yummy! Enjoy your holiday and thank us later.