Novigrad Castle

Novigrad, Croatia

Novigrad (literally “New Town”, somewhat of a misnomer), a castle ruin perched on a hill above the town of the same name, also has had a turbulent history. The Romans, and before them, the Liburnians, built forts on the same spot. Some of the walls date from Roman times, but Novigrad has been modernized.

It has several restaurants and cafes right on the water, offering nice views of the harbor. Located 31 km east of Zadar via route 502, Novigrad has been the front line in several conflicts. During dynasty wars (1385-1387) in what is now Croatia, two woman of royalty, Mary, the wife of Croatian-Hungarian King Sigismund Luxemberg, and her mother, Elizabeth, were murdered there. During the Kandian Wars (1645-1669) it was an important point of Venice’s defense against the Turks, who occupied the town during 1646-47. When the Venetians retook the town the castle was substantially destroyed.

During the more recent war of 1991-1995 after the break up of Yugoslavia, the Serbs also held the town for two years. There is another spectacular view of the modern day town and the sea from the ruins, which are accessible from several trails. The easiest to find (again, no signs!) starts from the top of some wide stairs that ascend from the east side of town. Go right at the top of the stairs and then left after about 10 meters. It takes around 10 – 15 minutes to reach the castle.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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Nik Ppp (6 months ago)
Cool ancient place
pts pts (7 months ago)
In desperate need of restoration before it's too far destroyed. Beautiful castle perched over a pretty town with very nice harbor. Peaceful location. Walk is about 10 minutes from near the harbormaster's area. Excellent views of area
A Green (7 months ago)
Lovely picturesque town with interesting streets to explore and ruined castle to climb up to. We went early morning and climbed up to the castle before it got too hot. It's a short climb but sensible shoes\sandals recommended. We then called in at the church before stopping for coffee and water at one of the little bars at the bottom of the hill.
Michael Tabolsky (8 months ago)
Nice view and good pics. Also 20% climb on bike
Irena Budna (8 months ago)
If you're staying around Zadar regium, you have to see this little city. It's worth every minute you spend there.
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