Novi Vinodolski & Povile


Novi Vinodolski

In the central part of the northern Croatian coastal region, at the Novi Vinodolski Riviera, Novi Vinodolski developed from the old Frankopan fort called Novigrad; and it later expanded along the sea coast.

Historically confirmed as political and cultural center of the Vinodol principality (''Vinodol'' – ''Vallis vinearia'' and the Vinodol Code from 1288), Novi Vinodolski, the cradle of writers from the Mažuranić family, thanks to its evergreen vegetation and mild mediterranean climate, clean sea and air, confirmes itself in 1878, right after Opatija, as a tourist pioneer of this region. The town is famous for its characteristic architecture with white fronts and red roofs that stand out in the old part of town and appear to guard this stone town over the sea. Because of this specific panorama the town was recognizable in the past, it is recognizable today, and it will hopefully remain recognizable in the future.

The town's soul is rich in remains of cultural heritage: remains of the Roman fort Lopsica, remains of the Paulist monastery, the Frankopan castle with its tower, cathedral, the Holy Trinity Church and the Church of St. Marino on the island bearing the same name, the Mažuranić brothers' house, reading room and library from 1845, homeland museum and gallery, the old town center, as well as well-preserved authentic folklore of this town. People's hospitality, crystal clear sea, town and its surroundings without industry, fresh air coming from the hinterland woods in the immediate surroundings, suitable for hunting. Within 30 km there are numerous hunting grounds in the area of Gorski kotar and Lika. Croatian national parks are also near: Sjeverni Velebit 20 km, Risnjak 60 km, Plitvička Jezera 107 km, Brijuni 146 km, Paklenica 174 km, Krka 230 km, and in winter small ski resorts Platak 60 km and Bjelolasica 60 km.

All this gives Novi Vinodolski priceless ecological advantages, especially for development of tourism, catering and hotel industry. Classic hotels, modern tourist complexes, camps, bungalows, apartments and private rooms represent accommodation capacity for over 10 000 tourists per day. In hotels and their immediate surroundings there are numerous facilities for sport and leisure activities, outdoor and indoor pools with sea water, saunas and other activities for tourists. The town port aquatorium and small port in Povile with berths for ships, gas stations, cranes and slip-facilities, parking places for cars, trailers and boats is specialised for navigators, for whom there is also air-sea rescue available.

Novi Vinodolski can be reached by Adriatic tourist road, railway station Rijeka is only 45 km and airport Krk-Rijeka 30 km away. The town is also accessible by blue roads.

There are only 20 km to Novi Vinodolski from the motorway, and there is a number of airports that are well connected to the town: airport Zagreb 180 km, Pula 140 km, Zadar 170 km and Split 280 km. Thanks to its position near main roads, drivers from all Europe can reach Novi Vinodolski very easily: Trieste 122 km, Venice 260 km, Milan 520 km, Ljubljana 170 km, Budapest 550 km, Munich 590 km, Vienna 558 km, Zagreb 180 km, Zadar 160 km.


Povile is a small fishermen's village with about 200 inhabitants, 2 km from the town's center. It is located along the Adriatic Highway and it stretches along two bays, where tourist facilities and three camping places are situated.

The sea is very clean and especially convenient for sport fishing and underwater activities. People who enjoy quiet mediterranean atmosphere will love it here. Catering services offer rich selection of fish and local specialties. Restaurants are situated on a distance from a couple of hundreds of meters to the center of Novi Vinodolski. They can be reached on foot or by car within 5 minutes. Novi Spa Hotels & Resorts (wellness center on 14 000 m2, 4 swimming pools, 12 different restaurants and bars, conference center) is situated in the northern part of the Kvarner bay and stretches along 1,5 km long coastline. It is at 5 km distance from Povile, 10 minutes by car.