• The Great War in the Adriatic

    21.09.2017 - 31.12.2018

    Novigrad-Cittanova, Brtonigla-Verteneglio, Gallerion & muzej


    Gallerion & muzej


    The exhibition "The Great War in the Adriatic", usually located at the Gallerion Museum in Cittanova, now also present in the halls of the Brtonigla Museum.

    At the official headquarters of the Gallerion Museum, he exhibited the exhibition about the birth and development of the Austro-Hungarian Navy until the beginning of the First World War, while in the Brtonigla Town Museum with 180 photographic panels and numerous original finds, for the first time in history will be presented in chronological order the naval war in the Adriatic Sea.

    It could have all ended up diff erently. The tourist season of 1914 had been the best until then. Economy was bursting.

    Everyone expected an improvement in the living standards of the lowest social classes in the Monarchy. Instead, the worst possible option, the war, was chosen. The character of the confl ict is well described by its name – the Great War. It lasted four years and left behind 17 million dead and more than 20 million injured without reaching any of the goals set. It happened what nobody among those who had begun it expected. Four big empires have collapsed; the German, the Astro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Turkish. They dissolved into a number of new national states. Some of them were unsustainable geopolitical entities such as newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, predecessor of recently dissolved Yugoslavia that also ended its existence with a war.

    This exhibition aims to present, for the fi rst time in Europe, the Great War at sea in all its aspects. Through this exhibition we are trying to faithfully convey to the public this immanent tragedy through 300 panels and 300 naval models as well as with numerous original objects and documents. The exhibition will be set up at three locations in Cittanova and Brtonigla.

    Naval operations in the Mediterranean and in the Adriatic, despite the preponderance of the Triple Entente fl eet, have been conducted almost until the end of the confl ict. The Adriatic coast remained free of confl ict and has been spared from military invasion until the entry of the Italian troops after the armistice. Through the whole war, the Imperial and Royal Navy provided, in spite of all the diff iculties, including the disobedience and rebellion of sailors due to the poor living conditions, social abandonment and national disengagement, a reliable defence of the coast and off ered support to own forces at the South Eastern and on South Western theatre of war. After the dissolution of the Empire, its Navy virtually disappeared, while its fellow citizens become citizens of new state entities.

    Eventually, these geopolitical, unhappy and unjust divisions of nations, new frontiers and new spheres of interest, led to a new, even greater tragedy: the Second World War.

    The tradition of the Austro-Hungarian navy has been in some forms preserved in a newly formed Navy of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats then passed on through successor Yugoslavia and then eventually to its successor states. While the golden years of the Austrian presence at the sea ended in 1918, its exceptionally rich heritage has survived to this day and can be observed in various ports and port buildings, in high quality shipbuilding, maritime training, nomenclature (especially in the navy), tourism and cultural heritage (e.g. the fortification system in Pula). Ports such as Trieste, Pula and Rijeka have developed during the Austria-Hungarian period, and much of modern coastal infrastructure was built during that time. Numerous Adriatic lighthouses, these guardians and caretakers of the seaside, sailors’ friends along our coasts and islands, are particularly solemn and mystical witnesses of that era of great captains, sailors and ships, as well as of the glorious navy.

    Taking into account all these circumstances, our desire and our main aim is to set up an International Naval Museum to present and preserve this rich heritage. We believe that only multinational and multi-ethnic representation and interpretation of the past events can provide solid foundation on which we can build our future.


    Mlinska 1, Novigrad +385 (0)98 254 279

  • Days of seashells

    14.02.2018 - 20.03.2018

    Umag-Umago, Novigrad-Cittanova, Buje-Buie, Brtonigla-Verteneglio

    Themed gastronomic offer in regional restaurants

    Themed gastronomic offer in regional restaurants

    Gurmands will have an opportunity to savour delicious sea morsels at the Days of seashells.

    Restaurants will offer imaginative menus at favourable prices! The culinary delicacies will be paired with premium local wines and olive oils this region is renowned for far and wide.

    Istrian shells - scallops, mussels, sea truffles, Noah’s arks, queen scallops and oysters have a special flavour owing to clean sea. They are brought to the plate both wild-grown and cultivated. The shell cultivation tradition can be traced back to antiquity and scallops are most frequently harvested from the waters off the west coast of Istria, in the vicinity of a fresh water source, primarily at the estuary of the river of Mirna, known for premium samples.

    Find out what’s on the specially prepared menus and at which restaurants top chefs are going to create new gourmet experiences for your palate!

  • Choco & Wine Fest

    17.02.2018 - 18.02.2018

    Brtonigla-Verteneglio, Trg

    6th chocolate & wine festival


    6th chocolate & wine festival

    Passionate chocolate lovers always on the quest for more in the sweet world of chocolate tastes and flavours are invited to the Choco & Wine fest in Brtonigla, revealing the new trends of pairing chocolate with wine to its visitors.

    The festival will be held on Saturday, 17th and Sunday 18th February 2018.
    On that day, you will be able to enjoy a menu that will, in a special way, blend chocolate and wine.

    The Brtonigla Adventure Trekk, a trekking race, attracting over 250 participants from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia every year, will be held in the framework of the festival. This date was purposefully chosen for the race to show that “sports and chocolate go together”.


    TZ Brtonigla
    +385 52 774 307

  • Brtonigla Adventure Trekk



    Trekking race

    Trekking race

    Winter signs have already knocked at our doors. When most of the continents are trapped in the ice and snow, we invite you to the 6. Choco & wine Fest and the 8. Brtonigla Adventure Trekk in the picturesque Istrian town Brtonigla!

    Discover Istrian hidden treasures of untouched nature, enjoy the landscape around the river Mirna, run through the woods, rich vineyard and olive grove, walk up the hills and meet small medieval towns which offer unforgettable views from mountain Učka to the Adriatic Sea!

    Trekking race is a trail run race with elements of orientation. It is very popular in Croatia and Slovenia. The configuration of terrain is as same as for the trail run race, except for the lane that is not market. There are only control points marked on the map. A competitor receives a map with control points and chooses by himself the fastest way to reach them. In principle, orientation is very simple.

    Ultra 50 km
    Challenger 25 km
    Light 11 km

    » Information & registration


    TZ Brtonigla & Trickeri
    T. +385 (0)52 774307

  • Istrian Winter Running League


    Umag-Umago, Riva

    13th winter league season


    13th winter league season

    13th anniversary of the Istrian winter league proves how popular running is in Istria. There are different recreational 6 or 9 kilometre races being held throughout the entire winter, up until March. Make sure not to miss the upcoming exciting adventures.

    Entry fee will amount 120.00 HRK and it’s paid by the purchase of starting number which is valid for all races. There will be trails of different profiles, properly marked, which length ranges from 6 km to about 9 km.

    Istrian Winter Running League 2017/18
    1. round: 05.11.2017. Medulin
    2. round: 19.11.2017. Vodnjan-Dignano
    3. round: 03.12.2017. Pazin
    4. round: 10.12.2017. Pula-Pola
    5. round: 14.01.2018. Sv.Petar u šumi
    6. round: 28.01.2018. Rabac
    7. round: 11.02.2018. Tupljak (Pićan)
    8. round: 25.02.2018. Umag-Umago
    9. round: 04.03.2018. Poreč-Parenzo

  • Umag Trophy



    International cycling race

    International cycling race

    Umag Trophy is a one-day race on the international calendar of the World Cycling Organization UCI (Union Cycliste International), open for all cyclists in categories Men Elite and U-23, that is for UCI Kontinental teams, national teams, regional teams and clubs.
    The race is 160 km long, with 34 participating teams from 15 European countries. Top cyclistsfrom Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Australia, Canada,Nigeria and many other countries are expected.


    BK Meridiana- Kamen Pazin
    +385 52 624 242

  • Days of istrian asparagus

    21.03.2018 - 13.05.2018

    Umag-Umago, Novigrad-Cittanova, Buje-Buie, Brtonigla-Verteneglio

    Gastronomic event dedicated to asparagus

    Gastronomic event dedicated to asparagus

    During March, April and May, the 11th Days of Istrian Asparagus will give true "asparagus lovers" an opportunity to relish in imaginative, delicious and fragrant delicacies made from Istrian wild asparagus, ranging from the renowned "fritaja" (omelettes), soups, homemade pastas and risottos to ingenious combinations with meat and fish and scrumptious desserts.

    Asparagus is one of the most appreciated wild plant varieties growing in Istria, picked from mid March to late April. Since it grows in less accessible places, often protected by thorny bushes, its picking requires eye of a hawk, iron will and not being afraid of an occasional scratch.

    Food, medicine, aphrodisiac....It's no wonder that we dedicated an entire manifestation to this plant.
    Asparagus lovers don't miss the Days of Istrian Asparagus!

    » Days of istrian asparagus

  • 100 miles of Istria

    06.04.2018 - 08.04.2018

    Labin, Buzet, Motovun, Umag

    Ultratrail race

    Ultratrail race

    Numerous sports and active holiday lovers will find enough reasons to come to Istria even in the winter months, but the first days of spring brings the sixth edition of the ultra trail race 100 miles of Istria. From 2016, 100 Miles of Istria is a part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT), a collection of the greatest ultra-trail races around the globe.

    The 100 miles course is the hardest and the most beautiful course, it stretches from the eastern part of Istria, over its highest mountain down to the mainland, and ends on the western part of the peninsula in the city of Umag. Along the route you will experience every possible aspect of trail running - really technical terrain, a little bit of coastering, old medieval towns, deep forests, city centres, old train route, muddy valleys, all spiced up with breath-taking panoramas.

    The first course starts in the 3000 years old town Labin, climbs the Učka mountain and descends in Buzet. The trail leads you afterwards to the smallest town in the world, the town of Hum, then to the medieval pearl Motovun and back to the finish in Umag.

    The second largest course offers you “the climb”, right in the beginning, from the sea level directly to the top of the Učka mountain. Reaching the foot of the mountain peak, the 109 km trail merges with the 100 miles trail until Buzet. From Buzet, the trail leads you towards Oprtalj. Before you reach Umag you will have to climb mountains, cross the stream but you’ll also see the ruins of the Pietrapelosa castle.

    The third race, 67 kilometres long trail is an excellent start for participants as well as the fourth race which is quite a novelty and is dedicated to beginners in trail running.

    The finish of all the races and the centre of events will be in Umag where Ledo 1 mile children race will be held.

    Welcome to the 6th edition of the ultra trail race ''100 miles of Istria''! 
    » Info:
    » Registration

    Info about the races:
    Red 100 miles
    100 miles (169,5 km) | +6.632 m | -6.911 m
    Start @ Labin, Friday, 16:00

    Blue 109 km
    109,7 km | +4.429 m | -4.432 m
    Start @ Lovran, Friday, 00:00 (midnight)

    Green 67 km
    66,8 km | +2.490 m | -2.550 m
    Start @ Buzet, Saturday, 09:00

    Yellow 41 km
    41,1 km | +1.170 m | -1.320 m
    Start @ Motovun (parking) Saturday, 12:00

  • Eco day

    20.04.2018 - 21.04.2018


    Ecological activities

    Ecological activities

    Earth Day will again be celebrated in Novigrad with the Novigrad Eco Day event.

    Everybody who wishes to do so can join an environmental clean-up campaign that kicks off in the morning at a number of locations throughout the town, from the beaches, promenades and woods to the seabed in the town harbour.

    Once their work is done – a symbolic and concrete contribution to a more beautiful and cleaner Novigrad – all participants of Novigrad Eco Day will continue socialising at an outdoor get-together and open-air luncheon hosted by the event organisers.

    It will also be a day on which we will, if only briefly, reflect on how important it is to care for our environment, how important our relationship with the natural world is and how important our only common home, our planet Earth, is.


    TZ Novigrad-Cittanova, Grad Novigrad
    +385 52 757 705

  • 4th Tour of Croatia



    Stage of the professional cycling race

    Stage of the professional cycling race

    The Tour of Croatia, world professional cycling race passes through the attractive route along the Adriatic coast, through Istria and the Croatian hinterland and covers a total distance of 1200 km. 20 teams and 160 cyclists from various countries around the world take part, who will demonstrate their speed and resistance in five race stages.



    Top Sport Event
    +385 (0)98 425 693

  • Asparagus Festival


    Novigrad-Cittanova, Park novigradske biskupije

    Gastronomic event dedicated to asparagus

    19:00 h

    Park novigradske biskupije

    Gastronomic event dedicated to asparagus

    The Asparagus Festival is the first in a series of gourmet events, part of this year’s Novigrad Gourmet Festival beginning in late April and running through to October. Each of these events focuses on one aspect of the local cuisine – the first event is dedicated to the wild asparagus.

    Novigrad’s Asparagus Festival is a one-day event that will be staged this year on the 27th of April in the great setting of Novigrad's Diocesan Park, located in the historical town core at the feet of the city’s bell tower and under its centuries-old pine trees, just a few steps from the sea. The event offers a real treat for the palate and all the other senses. You’ll have an opportunity to sample some tasty and imaginative meals featuring wild asparagus prepared for you for this occasion only by our experienced chefs – and you'll also have an opportunity to try them with some of the top wines produced by local winemakers.

    A small fair accompanying the event will offer agricultural and other products produced locally by diligent hands – with, of course, a little help from Mother Nature. You'll have an opportunity to sample – and to buy at promotional prices – excellent extra virgin olive oils, cheeses and other dairy products, prosciutto and other cured meat products, homemade noodles, tasty sweets, natural cosmetics and much, much more.

    There will also be an exhibition of handmade original local souvenirs and other handicrafts available for purchase and a music and animation programme with a nice, unobtrusive musical backdrop to the whole event of traditional music and dance.

    The weekend of the Asparagus Festival will also provide an opportunity to sample tasty meals featuring wild asparagus at restaurants, local konoba and other food vendors in and around Novigrad. As festival partners they will offer menus based on asparagus. While the event at Novigrad's Diocesan Park will offer an opportunity to sample asparagus in some diverse and very special culinary arrangements, our gourmet partners will offer many traditional meals based on this excellent ingredient at their food venues, such as the essential scrambled eggs with asparagus, tasty risottos that will often also feature some fresh seafood or a refreshing cream of asparagus soup. All you need to do is chose and enjoy!


    TZ Novigrad
    Mandrač 29a +385 (0)52 757 075

  • Spring Omelette


    Nova Vas-Villanova (Brtonigla-Verteneglio), Konoba Luciana

    Gourmet & fun event dedicated to asparagus

    Konoba Luciana

    Gourmet & fun event dedicated to asparagus

    Event dedicated to a spring delicacy - asparagus, this year organised for the 11th time by the Luciana tavern from Nova Vas. The programme includes a rich wine and gastronomic offer, as well as an offer of local products. The event also brings the tournaments in the card games briškula and trešeta as well as the longest asparagus contest.


    Konoba Luciana
    +385 98 1779 813, +385 (0)52 774 295


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Tourist Board is not responsable for any decision of the organizers to change the terms, participants, programmes and prices or to cancel performances

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

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