Umag is a breezy town perched on the Istrian peninsula and surrounded by centuries-old defensive walls. The town is built around a picturesque natural harbour and criss-crossed with cobbled streets lined with honey-hued stone buildings. Sightsee in town or use Umag as a base to explore the Istrian peninsula, where you’ll find sandy beaches, jewel-toned bays and ancient historic sites.
Things to do in Umag
The defensive walls surrounding Umag have been standing since the 10th century. While sections of the walls are crumbling, you can see the remains of the enormous gate and drawbridge. Learn about the town’s storied past at the Umag Municipal Museum, which occupies a former military tower. It showcases treasures found at local archaeological sites, some of the oldest dating back to Roman times. The museum moonlights as a gallery for contemporary artists.
St Peregrine's Church overlooks the main square and features a handsome Baroque façade. The free-standing bell tower soars over the square and dates back to the mid-1600s. The interior features pastel murals and beautiful ceiling frescos.
Umag’s setting on the Istrian peninsula makes it a paradise for sunseekers. Spend the day beach hopping along the coast and stop to bask on stunning stretches of sand like Zlatorog. Lush pine trees offer shade from the Mediterranean sunshine.
Stella Maris Beach is just north of town and features pebble sand and lots of water sports. Venture into the countryside to discover the rolling vineyards and olive groves surrounding Umag. Join a guided tour or visit the boutique wineries and olive oil estates independently.
Getting around Umag
Umag is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Istrian peninsula at your own pace. The town is a one-hour drive from Pula and three hours from Zagreb. Zagreb Airport is a three-hour drive away or you can fly to Trieste Airport in Italy, 1.5 hours north.