Where is Umag and how to get there?
Situated on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, Umag is excellently connected regarding the traffic. The nearest airports are in Trieste (Italy), 52 kilometers, and in Pula, 82 kilometers. There are many bus lines from both towns towards Umag, especially during summer. An excellent network of highways and motorways, Istrian Y, will make your trip easy and quick if you choose to come to Umag by car. Also, there is a possibility of renting a car or a transfer from the airport.
Restaurants in Umag
If you are looking to experience good cuisine our recommendation is:
It is a tavern or "konoba" which is a traditional type of Croatian restaurant. The setting is typically rustic with stone walls and wooden furniture. Tavern Rustica offers authentic Istrian dishes: pasta dishes like fuži (a type of pasta typical for Istria), sheep chesse, and various meat dishes. During the truffle season, both white and black truffles are available to make various dishes even better.
This is another tavern or "konoba" with traditional Istrian cuisine. They also offer dishes like truffles (which the Istrian region is famous for), homemade pastas, and olive oil-based dishes. The seafood is also a major highlight. Similar to Tavern Rustica, you can expect rustic and traditional Croatian decor. Such places often have warm, family vibes, and guests might feel like they are dining in someone's home.
It is a family-owned business located near Umag for the past 30 years. It is focused on local Istrian cuisine with imaginative homemade dishes from fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu includes delicacies like homemade prosciutto, cheese, ricotta, seafood like cuttlefish and shrimps, as well as boskarin meat and truffles. Tavern Buscina also offers great wines and olive oils.
Weather in Umag
Umag has a Mediterranean climate which is characterized by warm summers and mild winters, typical of the coast of Croatia.
Beaches in Umag
Umag, located on the northwestern coast of the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia, has several beautiful beaches. Some of the most popular beaches in Umag include:
- Kanegra Beach: A beach with crystal-clear waters and surrounded by greenery. It is one of the most popular spots in Umag that has a mix of pebbles and finer gravel, which gives it a sandy feel, especially in the shallow areas.
- Savudrija Beach: Known for its Savudrija lighthouse, this beach offers a mix of rocks and pebbles.
- Laguna Stella Maris: Located near the Stella Maris resort, it's a well-maintained pebble beach popular among families.
- Katoro Beach: A mix of rocky and paved areas, this beach includes many amenities and water sports.
- ACI Marina Beach: It is located near the town center. This is a paved beach which is ideal for sunbathing and enjoying the view.
What to do in Umag?
In Umag, many attractions are waiting for you.
Umag town walls
Begin your sightseeing with the historic Umag town walls, built in the 10th century as a defense system against invaders.
Umag town museum
Do not miss the Umag town museum, located in the Bishop's tower - a former fortress against sea attacks. This museum showcases different exhibits, including coins and amphoras from the surrounding region.
Church of St. Roche
Also, consider stopping by the Church of St. Roche, located close to the main square in the Old Town. Constructed in the 16th century after the plagues. Its ceiling amazes visitors with the oil-painted artwork.
Day trips from Umag
Enter the Adriatic's oldest lighthouse in the picturesque town of Savudrija, near Umag. Enhance your experience with a boat trip to this top destination.
Boat trips from Umag
Explore Istria's amazing sea life. Whether it is boat excursions or scuba diving, discover underwater treasures from ancient wrecks to sea life.
The hinterland of Umag is also interesting for a day trip. There you will find numerous charming small towns and villages such as Motovun and Buje. Also, visiting one of many family-run farms and tasting excellent authentic cuisine and local wines is a great way to spend a day. You can explore it by bike as well and there are numerous cycling trails around Umag.
Western Coast of Istria
Finally, we recommend day trips through Istria's western coast, with fascinating towns. From your base in Umag, set out on day excursions to vivid towns like Pula, Porec, and Rovinj.
Additionally, the picturesque Brijuni islands stand out as one of the best day trip destinations in Istria.
Events in Umag
Umag ATP tennis tournament Croatia Open
ATP tennis tournament Croatia Open
The Croatia Open, also known as the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, is a men's tennis tournament that takes place in Umag. It is one of the oldest ATP tennis tournaments in Croatia and it takes place at the ITC Stella Maris.
Traditionally, the Croatia Open is held in mid-July every summer. We recommend a visit since it is not just a tournament but also a Party and gourmet event that includes concerts, shows, and events accompanied by excellent local food and drinks.