Umag is a small port town located on the northwest coast of Istria. It is located 13 km northwest of Buje. Tourism began to develop in Umag towards the end of the 19th century when the first hotel in Istria opened in 1896.
Umag is now a tourist destination, attracting visitors looking for an active stay. Umag has many sports facilities, mainly tennis courts. Besides sports and beach tourism, Umag also attracts fitness, business and professional visitors every year. The city has several lodging options, starting with hotels. Apartments, bungalows and campsites are also available.
The local economy is mainly based on agriculture, viticulture, fishing and tourism. Umag’s particularity is that the street layout has remained the same since the Middle Ages. The town has a marina for boaters located in the northern part of the port. The city is also attractive because of its well-defined coastline, protected from the elements and surrounded by typical Mediterranean vegetation.
Sports and leisure activities in Umag
Those who are interested in diving courses can go to the Bori Libra and Hidrobiro Tiemme clubs. The Sol, Meliá Coral and Kristal hotels have business centers, wellness areas and casinos. Sports activities include tennis, soccer and cycling. Water activities are also offered such as sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, diving, swimming and underwater fishing. There are also family activities such as bowling, miniature golf and horseback riding.
Cultural events in Umag
One of the most popular cultural events in Umag is the celebration of St. Peregrine, the patron saint of the city, which takes place at the end of May. The celebration of St. Mary’s Day, in Our Lady of the Snows in the neighboring town of Materada takes place on August 5. Classical music concerts are held in the parish church during the months of July and August. On the sports side, the Umag Croatian Open ATP tournament in Stella Maris is held on clay courts at the end of July.