The Mistral in Your Hair
Umag is the best place for catching the maestro of all winds – the mistral. If we catch its regular blowing rhythm in our sails, our tour of the ACI Marinas, all along the Adriatic coast reaching as far as Dubrovnik, will be – like a fairy tale.
However, before we catch the mistral, let’s have a look at where we are. Umag is today a little town that lives from and because of tourism. But that’s how it has always been. Even the Romans were sending their soldiers over here for recovery and to “recharge batteries”.
The old Umag has retained its medieval core with ancient, narrow, winding streets. Here and there, traces of town wall ruins that were reinforced by towers in the 14th century can be found. Dominating a spacious square is the large baroque Church of the Assumption of Mary and St. Pelegrin, with a medieval wooden altar and a precious polyptych from the 15th century.
Nowadays, on the side of the town facing the sea, a lot of small fish restaurants line the sea front. On the other side, facing a well protected port, on the other side of the bay – the ACI Marina is located, offering the most beautiful view of the town.
Going further on is the tourist part of Umag, the well-known tourist village of Stella Maris with a number of tennis courts and the world recognized ATP tournament.
In the vicinity of Umag there are numerous wine roads where the most famous Croatian wine makers could be found, so a trip down one of these roads is well worth of it.
It is also worth a visit to some of the family eco farms and high-class small rural hotels where you can taste the best that the Istrian gastronomy has to offer.