History and Heritage

What is now a peninsula, used to be an island once, and the settlement itself was situated at the end of the port of Umag-Umago. The town walls - with the town gate and a draw-bridge were built in the 10th century. They have been partially preserved on the south-western part, next to the Town Museum (which was one of the defence towers with the battlements in the shape of ‘a swallow’s tale’, which can steel be seen from the sea side).

At the entrance to the historic core stands the church of St. Roche, built after the plague epidemics in 1507. In the interior of the church there is a remarkable wooden ceiling painted by oil from 18th century.

The parish church of The Assumption of Virgin Mary and St. Peregrine, the patron saint of the city of Umag-Umago o was built after the design of the architect Filippo Dongeti from Piran. The late baroque façade remained unfinished. On the interior side of the church entrance there is an immured depiction of St. Peregrine from 14th century. The fresco on the church ceiling is attributed to Giuseppe Bernardino Bison from Palmanova. On the main altar there are the statues of St. Peregrine and St. Nicefor.

In the church there are various altarpieces and fragments of a wooden triptych from 15th century. The highlight should be on the statue of the Virgin Mary of the Sorrows attributed to some of Vivarini's followers. The church-organ originates from 1776. The Venetian lion on the bell tower was originally found on the city hall destroyed by fire in 1924. By the way, the 33m bell-tower originates from 1651.

The public town cistern from 1677 was renovated in 1780. Behind the Parish Church, there is a metal ball, impressed into the wall, east of the abscissa: historians say that it is a cannon-ball fired by a ship from Genoa in 1810. The ancient houses decorated by lovely byphoras, narrow streets, coats of arms and inscriptions make a recognizable part of Umag-Umago o and can be found on the western side of the town.

In the façade of the house in Epifanio Street No. 3, there is an immured free Christian sarcophagus from the 5th century. On many houses you will notice holed stone girders used for hanging and showing embroidered posters, which protected the interior of the home from sunshine.

Finally, carry on to the break-water. Its construction began in 1825 and it is 404 meters long.

On the St. Pelegrine beach there is the church with same name from 1401 which was built on the place where St. Peregrine endured his martyrdom.


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.