If you are in Istria, don’t forget to visit the lovely coastal city of Umag which lies at the western end of Croatia. Its history dates back to Ancient Roman times as proven by the fascinating ruins of old Roman villas occupied by the wealthy nobles of that era. Nearby towards the north of this city, you will also find Sipar which has defensive features to protect against attacks by the Neretva pirates terrorizing the coastal communities in this region. The worst attack was in the 9th century which resulted in terrible casualties and destruction of the settlement of Sipar. In comparison, Umag’s naturally protected location kept it safe from piracy as it is joined to the mainland by a slim channel. However, the Genoese navy launched a massive attack ruining the city’s precious archives in 1390. There were many outbreaks of fatal illnesses within this city which caused major decline in its population in the old days. It has been ruled by the Byzantines, Lombards and Francs. In 1269, it swore loyalty to Venice under immense pressure. When Venetian Republic fell, Umag was taken over by the French and later, the Austrians and Italians. Finally, it was declared to be a part of Croatia in 1954 and given the status of a city in 1997. Due to its interesting history, Umag is a major tourist attraction in the country. the locals are largely dependent on agriculture and specialize in wine making.
Vacation rentals in Umag
Search the website of CuddlyNest to discover amazing deals on the best vacation rentals in Umag, Croatia. You may adjust the search filters for rental type, room type and more to find the ideal location for your trip. The apartments, villas and houses in Umag have been built all over the city allowing you to pick one that is closest to the attractions that you wish to visit. Each vacation rental in Umag has a number of convenient facilities that suit modern standards of living to provide maximum comfort to visitors.
Tourist attractions in Umag
Those who are looking to enjoy the beaches around the city, there are excellent options where you may take your entire family for a fun-filled day playing in the sand. There are historical landmarks and museums that will help you understand what the people have been through in the past and their true identity. You may also visit the local parks that offer a number of great activities to participate in.
ACI Marina Umag
If you explore the opposite area of the old part of the city that maintains its traditions and architecture from multiple eras, you will come to ACI Marina Umag. This place combines the beauty of the sea and the charm of this exciting city. This promenade is perfect for spending an amazing day with your group or even on your own. When you get tired from strolling around, take a rest on one the benches. You can rent a bike to feel the fresh coastal winds caress you as you cycle along the bike trails. There is a play area for children and exercise equipment for the public too. Have a meal at one of the great restaurants at the promenade while you enjoy music and the spectacular views.
Stella Martis beach
If you cannot resist the pull of the gorgeous sea, pack a picnic and go to Stella Martis beach. It is specifically geared towards people who come with their families especially those who have little children. The beach itself is clean with a low percentage of rocky texture. There are not a lot of large waves at Stella Martis so it is perfect for walking on the sand and playing in the water. Since there are no big waves, this is the ideal beach for having friendly sports matches. Check out the local bars for tasty cocktails you can drink while viewing the waves. Have a meal with your family and friends at one of the restaurants in the area and try the delicious delicacies of Umag.
Museum of Umag
As mentioned before, the old town present within this coastal city holds several treasures which people who like history will have a blast exploring. The Museum of Umag is situated at the top of the peninsula the old town occupies. There is a 14th century medieval tower here which is called the Bishop’s Tower. Thought to be the oldest building in the city, this defensive tower is where you will find the museum. It opened in 1976 displaying stone artifacts and there are some art exhibitions here as well. Gaining popularity 20 years later when it acquired the private collection of Cigui-Fachin, the Museum of Umag thrived under the direction of archaeologist Narcisa Bolšec Ferri. It remains a major research facility to this day open to the public for amazing exhibitions, lectures and workshops. Walking in you will see the art exhibitions on the first floor besides those related history and archaeology. The permanent displays are present on the second floor including items from the famous old families.
Adventure Park Jangalooz
There is not a single boring moment in this city when you have modern and old tourist hotspots to visit. If you are interested in activities like rock climbing or have children, don’t forget to check out Adventure Park Jangalooz. It is a completely secure area where you can freely enjoy with your family. When the weather is good and you wish to get some fun exercise this is ideal place to be. Their rock climbing program has a couple of difficulty levels so you may challenge yourself or compete with your friends. There are also jumping towers for adrenaline junkies so get ready to use up all your excess energy at Adventure Park Jangalooz.
Plan ahead I order to confirm the tourist attractions that you will be visiting in the city. There are many great vacation rentals in Umag around these spots that you may view on CuddlyNest’s website.