Umag lies on a small peninsula on the north-western coast of Istria. It used to be an island and was separated from the mainland by a narrow channel. According to archaeological finds, this area has already been inhabited since the Roman times. The name of the town appears first in a manuscript dated back to the 7th century. Together with the other settlements in Istria, after the fall of the Roman empire Umag came under Byzantine and later Frank rule. In the 15th century it was captured by the expanding Republic of Venice. The three century long Venetian reign was followed by a short French occupation in 1796 and the Habsburg rule until the end of World War I.

The inhabitants of Umag have lived on agriculture for centuries, the first hotel was built at the beginning of the 19th century. Umag was granted town rank in 1997

ATP tornaThe most important sport event in Umag is ATP Croatia Open, which takes place in July every year (www.croatiaopen.hr). The renowned tennis tournament is organised the 26th times in 2015.

Getting here & around

By car

Zagreb (A1) – Rijeka (A7, A8) – through Učka tunnel (30 Kn tunnel fee). After the tunnel turn to road 44, then road 21 (through Buzet) - Umag. On the way it is highly recommended to stop at the picturesque Motovun or Grožnjan.

From the Y motorway turn to the north at Kanfanar (A8, A9). You have to pay at Mirna bridge (14 Kn). Take road 300 to reach Umag.
Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Rijeka     70 Kn

                      Rijeka – Buje         64 Kn (including tunnel fee)

From Poreč there is a direct coastal road to Umag where the beautiful panorama probably compensate drivers for the bad road conditions.

By bus

Poreč – Umag   38 Kn

Rovinj – Umag  72 Kn

Rijeka – Umag  96-123 Kn

Tourist information

The tourist office is situated in the vicinity of the old town, in a modern building.

Trgovačka 6.

Tel: +385 52 741 363

e-mail: info@istria-umag.com, internet: www.istria-umag.com

Croatia Open takes place on 18-28 July this year.


Church of St. Roch

Trg Marija i Lina

The tiny chapel was built in 1514 to express gratitude for remaining alive after the second wave of plague. Its remarkable wooden ceiling is from the 18th century.

Church of The Assumption of Virgin Mary

Trg Slobode

Dominating the main square of Umag's old town, this baroque church was built in 1757. On the interior side of the entrance a relief of St. Peregrine, the town's patron saint can be seen. The 33 m high bell tower is decorated with the lion of Venice. The public town cistern is from 1677.


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