Get to know Umag:
Umag (Umago), small town and port on the north-western coast of Istria, presents 'Croatia’s gateway to Europe'. It also has the reputation of the Istrian sports centre, since as the host of the ATP tournament for many years now, it attracts numerous top world tennis players.
Its beneficial features were already recognized by the Romans who turned it into their summer residence. The magnificence and splendour of those times today is reflected in the many Venetian houses in the old part of Umag.
At a distance of only 40 kilometres from Trieste, 150 kilometres from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and 50 nautical miles from Venice, Umag-Umago o is a favourite holiday destination with extraordinary excursion possibilities. Umag’s hinterland offers newly discovered tourist attractions like mountaineering, caving and other chances for adventure enthusiasts.
The Kingdom of Feštini:
The cave called The Kingdom of Feštini is located in the heart of Istria, near the village Feštini not far from Žminj. It was named after the anecdote according to which all the children from the neighbouring villages would gather and go to play in the cave. When asked by adults where they were, children would answer: in the kingdom. This is how the Kingdom of Feštini came to be.
It was discovered in the 1930s during the vineyard planting when a pick fell into the soil and created the hole which was impossible to bury. Following the WW2, the cave was filled in, and rediscovered in the 1980s. It was rather devastated during its history by unconscientious visitors breaking and taking cave ornaments. To prevent that from repeating, safe trails have been developed inside the cave.
The cave is filled with magnificent drip water including easily recognizable shapes of the Magician's Hat, the Tower of Babel, and the enormous Bat's Wings unusually covered by a grape vine root supplied with water from the cave's pit.