Novigrad (Dalmatia) is a “once upon a town”, the most beautiful of Croatia's four Novigrads. Tucked away on the banks of a secluded fjord, it is famous for its fishing and for the fact that it is, in fact, not famous.
Originally surrounded by a city wall that in some parts is still visible, Novigrad was a safe harbor for many centuries. With the passage of time Novigrad's importance has diminished, and nowadays it is a town with only 542 permanent residents.
The road that leads to Novigrad ends there. This ensures that Novigrad stays secluded and preserves the life it holds within its boundaries. In summer, its proximity to the sea makes it a lively place to be. Most of the city's tourism is made up of former residents returning to visit relatives. This creates a unique feeling to the place, different from any other coastal town along the stretch of the Croatian Adriatic coast, usually characterized by a kind of "drive through" tourism.
Regardless of its cultural heritage status, Novigrad has evolved into an interesting patchwork of old stone houses and odd new adaptations. This situation can be linked to the war in the 1990s. During and after the occupation, all of Novigrad's houses were damaged and looted. Returning to Novigrad after the war, architectural heritage was, understandably, not the townspeople's top priority. Re-establishing life meant temporary not so nice repairs that in some cases became permanent.
Novigrad's location is what has kept it special throughout time: typically coastal yet tucked away in the continent.
To learn more about Novigrad and the history of the town - as well as some interesting trivia - please refer to the following links: