This small city is not only a renowned tourist destination, but a city of sports as well.
An attractive location on the north west Adriatic and an amazing sea coast make it a favourite place for sport preparations, adventure and active holidays.
Sea and land offer plenty opportunities for sporting experience, adventure and a wealth of tradition.
Umag has impressive architecture, top quality Istrian cuisine that could bring out the delicacies worthy of gods, and many exciting events such as the ATP 250 Croatia Open Umag.
ATP is a world-famous tournament that annually hosts a number of international tennis stars and offers great entertainment for athletes and visitors.
Mediterranean climate, mixed with a mild continental climate is a particularity, thus making summer heats bearable and at nights you can sleep comfortably without a sweltering heat.
Mediterranean climate with many hours of sunshine and an annual average temperature of 18 ° C makes possible doing sports in the open for the most of the time every year – the summer is long, and spring and autumn are ideal for sports and sports activities.
The sea is clean and suitable for swimming from May to October.
The average temperature in the summer is 18 ° C – 30 ° C, while during colder winter months it decreases to 2 ° C – 6 ° C.
Throughout the year Umag has many hours of sunshine. July has the most hours of sunshine (290 h), and December the least (95 h).
The annual average sunshine hours per month is considerable 175 hours.
The rich sports infrastructure, natural wonders, mild Istrian climate and fresh sea air are suitable for activities throughout the year, whether they are preparations for professional athletes or simple relaxation for all ages and tastes.
A special connection between tennis players and Umag has not been a secret for quite some time. As a host of the large ATP 250 tournament and a region with more than 94 tennis courts, north western Istria is a leading tennis destination.
In addition to Carlos Moya, who is an honorary citizen of Umag, the Croatia Open Umag tournament welcomed the following players: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Goran Ivaniševic, Ivan Ljubičić, Marin Čilić, Thomas Muster, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gustavo Kuerten, Andy Murray and many others.
Mild climate and an excellent infrastructure have been attracting thousands of professionals, trainers, amateurs, as well as important competitions for decades. In order to provide the best possible training conditions, Umag has established many tennis schools, camps and tournaments. Moreover, quality accommodation was supplemented with organizational knowledge and numerous leisure facilities.
Umag boasts with 66 modern tennis courts and an impressive ITC tennis centre Stella Maris containing 57 clay courts outdoors, 4 clay courts in the hall and 5 top hard courts.
Tennis has a privileged status in Umag because it is present on the best locations on the coast, near hotels, villas and apartments (50-300 m). Surrounded by pine trees, a step away from the Adriatic sea, tennis in Umag offers a unique experience and a gameplay experience that you must experience.
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As a coastal centre of the north western Istria, Umag has proved many times to be an excellent choice for football teams preparations, and is easily accessible to teams from at least a dozen countries.
Many sunny days, sports infrastructure which is constantly being invested into, targeted services for professional athletes, top-notch personnel and a cosy atmosphere make Umag a perfect choice for many clubs and national teams.
The Croatian Football Federation (HNS), a major national football organization, has been organizing camps for football players of all ages for years, and it regularly chooses north western Istria for qualifying matches in categories U15, U16, U17, U19, U21 as well as for women’s national team matches.
From a total of 19 football fields in the region, 9 of them have prescribed FIFA dimensions (100 × 64 m).
Pitches are situated in Umag, Novigrad and their hinterland, at a distance of up to a 10-minute drive away.
Fields are carefully maintained and fully equipped, providing excellent conditions for training.
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Eddy Merckx, a world cycling legend and a five-time Tour de France winner, paid tribute to Istria by saying that the region is simply stunning.
A great importance of NW Istria as a cycling region is highlighted by Debertolis Massimo, an Italian professional cyclist in the category of mountain bike and a world champion in 2004 in the marathon category, boasts exceptional benefits of Istrian bike trails.
Previous experience, natural resources and the existing infrastructure show that the region meets the requirements of bike tourists, mountain bikers and road cyclists, regardless of whether they are looking for recreation, training or racing.
Mediterranean climate without long periods of cold weather allows cycling 10 months a year.
North western Istria has a network of 19 well attended and specially marked bike trails, 13 of these tracks are intended for road cycling.
Region dynamics is reflected in the realization of more than 15 bike events, a confirmation that exciting events take place throughout the year.
Special benefit of our location and an important link in the chain of cycling offer are shops, repair shops and other points that offer logistics support in all stages of the adventure on two wheels.
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SPORTS & LEISURE ACTIVITIES
- Golf, beach volleyball, bocce, bowling, badminton, soccer, basketball…
- Routes for jogging, trekking, cycling, horseback riding, walking and Nordic walking trails that stretch along the coast or lead toward the interior and much more…
On the well-attended beaches there are sports points with all the necessary requisites:
- boats, kayaks, windsurfing boards, water scooters, canoes, sailing boats, skis, speedboats, paragliding and parasailing equipment
If you are in for a special experience, then a diving school is your choice to explore the amazing underwater world.
HOW TO REACH US
BY CAR / BUS
Arriving by car and by bus is easy from everywhere in Slovenia, northern Italy, Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany, as well as from other European countries, thanks to modern network of motorways.
Cities nearby: Trieste (57 km), Ljubljana (131 km), Venice (211 km), Klagenfurt (220 km), Villach (234 km), Padova (245 km), Zagreb (259 km)
Cities at reasonable distance: Graz (340 km), Vienna (514 km), Munich (532 km), Bratislava (579 km), Budapest (593 km) and many others.
- Zagreb (CRO), zagreb-airport.hr
- Rijeka (CRO) , rijeka-airport.hr
- Ljubljana (SLO), lju-airport.si
- Pula (CRO), airport-pula.hr
- Trieste (I), aeroporto.fvg.it
- Venice (I), www.veniceairport.it
Croatian Railways (Hrvatske željeznice), www.hznet.hr, T. +385 (0)60 333 444