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Novigrad is a picturesque little town and port situated on the western coast if Istria between Poreč and Pula. The area of today’s Novigrad was inhabited even back in the Antique times. Emona, Emonia, Neapolis, Civitas Nova are the names mentioned in a wider area of today’s Novigrad. The first mention of the name Novigrad in written documents, appears in the year 599. The town first developed on an island which was only connected to land in 18th century, and the time of it’s biggest prosperity was the 8th and 9th century when it was the residence of the Franciscan prince Ivan.

Throughout its stormy history, Novigrad was under the rule of the Byzantines, Goths, Germany, France, the Austrian Empire and Italy which left an enormous trace on its cultural and historical heritage. The triple-named parish church of St. Mary, St. Maximilian and St. Pelagio has preserved fragments of Romanic and Old Christian basilica in spite of the fact that it was restored during the Baroque period.

Today, Novigrad is a well known tourist resort in Istria with a diversified coastline full of pebble and sand beaches. Tourism development began at the end of 19th century with a sudden bloom during the 60’s of the last century. Guests and visitors can choose from a variety of sports (sea and land), rich gastronomic offer, trips to nearby places, etc.

The grand traditional folk festivity, the Day of St. Pelagio – patron saint of Novigrad is held on August 28th every year, and lasts 3 days. Since 1995, during the summer another festival “Music Nights” is also held and some of world’s most famous performers come as guests.