A historic seaside resort in Croatia, the small and pretty Novi Vinodolski has been able to take advantage of the beauty of the area and a favourable climate that provides many sunny days throughout the year to become a tourist destination to visit in every season.
In summer, the town’s beautiful beaches, easy to reach and washed by a clear blue sea, attract tourists who want to switch off and indulge in a relaxing holiday. In spring and autumn, Novi Vinodolski fills up with hikers who prefer to explore the mountainous hinterland with its rich flora and fauna rather than the sunny coastline.
Trekking, hunting, sailing and diving are the most popular activities to do in Novi Vinodolski, but in the town you can practise a little of all the most common sports. It is not recommended for those looking for a wild and transgressive nightlife, but those who want to enjoy a few drinks and some music after dinner will find places to spend the evening.
It is perfect both as a base from which to explore the surrounding towns and the island of Krk, and as a location for a restful holiday – what kind of holiday are you dreaming of?
The small town of Novi Vinodolski has just 5,000 inhabitants. It has a quaint old centre with low stone houses with red roofs, the inevitable marina and a couple of historical vestiges of its glorious past.
The historical centre of Novi Vinodolski is located behind the city’s most famous church, the Cathedral of St. Philip and St. James, which houses the relics of St. Christopher: you will easily recognise it from the 35-metre high white bell tower.
The other historical attraction is the Kvadrac Tower, which is all that remains of the fortress of the Frankopans, a Croatian noble family to whom we owe many castles built in the area. The Frankopan castle in Novi Vinodolski is of particular historical importance because it was here that the Vinodol Code was written in 1288, a legal document that protected citizens from the abuses of feudal lords.
During your holiday in Novi Vinodolski, don’t miss an excursion to the nearby uninhabited island of San Marino, where you can admire the remains of the church of the same name and beautiful views of the island of Krk. Only experienced swimmers can reach it by swimming, all others are better off taking a boat trip.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can walk to Ponile, a quaint fishing village where around two hundred inhabitants now live; the area is famous for scuba diving.
With a car at your disposal, you can take day trips to nearby seaside resorts or to the island of Krk, while an organised tour can also take you to places further afield, such as the famous Plitvice waterfalls.
In order to enhance the rich natural heritage in the Vinodol area, the local government has created a network of six viewing points accessible by footpaths known as‘The Eyes of Vinodol‘.
Three of these fall within the territory of Novi Vinodolski and represent the city’s most fascinating tourist attraction after the beaches: Mahavica Belvedere: the highest, 781 metres above sea level; Pridva Belvedere (573 metres), Slipica Belvedere (446 metres). The panorama is breathtaking, with views of the surrounding mountains, coastline and sea.
The beach at Novi Vinodolski is a typical Croatian town beach, comprising a terraced area with steps for access into the water and a pebble area, and is bordered by sheer cliffs overlooking the sea, perfect for those who prefer a wild atmosphere.
Essential services are available (showers, toilets and changing rooms) and it is possible to rent deckchairs and parasols; there are also pedalo, jet ski and water ski rentals.
A lovely 1.5 km long pebble beach is located in the vicinity of The View hotel and is accessible to all; continuing in the same direction you will find other more isolated beaches, recommended for those who love tranquillity and wild nature.
There is a wide range of accommodation in Novi Vinodolski, with something to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from simple guesthouses and budget hotels to luxury 4 and 5-star resorts.
There is also a good choice of flats, holiday homes and rooms with private individuals. Prices vary greatly depending on location and services offered.
Despite the large number of hotels in Novi Vinodolski, it is advisable to book well in advance if travelling during the high season (July and August).
There are no airports in the vicinity of Novi Vinodolski, so the easiest way to get there is by car , thanks to the fast motorway connections: the direction to follow is towards Rijeka.
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Novi Vinodolski si trova sulla costa settentrionale della Croazia, nella regione storica del Quarnaro, a pochi km da Fiume e dall'isola di Krk.