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7 Tips for Living in Novigrad

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Novigrad or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Novigrad or thinking about moving there.

Novigrad, a picturesque coastal town in Croatia, is a hidden gem that's increasingly attracting expats and digital nomads. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant local culture, it's no wonder why. However, living in a new country can be a daunting experience. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Novigrad.

1. Learn the Local Language

While English is widely spoken in Novigrad, learning Croatian can greatly enhance your experience. It not only helps in day-to-day interactions but also shows respect for the local culture. Plus, locals appreciate the effort and it can open doors to deeper connections. There are numerous language schools and online resources to help you get started.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Novigrad is divided into several charming neighborhoods, each with its unique character. The Old Town, for instance, is a maze of narrow, winding streets filled with historic buildings. It's a great place to soak up the town's medieval charm. On the other hand, Karpinjan is a quieter residential area, known for its beautiful beach and park. Spend time exploring these neighborhoods to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Croatian culture is through its food. Novigrad is known for its fresh seafood, truffles, and excellent wines. There are numerous restaurants where you can sample these local delicacies. Some of the popular ones include Damir & Ornella, a cozy seafood restaurant, and Konoba Cok, known for its traditional Istrian dishes.

4. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community can make your stay in Novigrad more fulfilling. It's a great way to meet locals and other expats, learn about the culture, and feel more at home. There are numerous clubs, organizations, and events in Novigrad that you can participate in. Do some research to find ones that align with your interests.

5. Embrace the Outdoor Lifestyle

Novigrad's stunning natural beauty and pleasant climate make it perfect for outdoor activities. Whether it's swimming in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, hiking in the nearby hills, or cycling along the scenic trails, there's plenty to keep you active. The town also has several parks, such as Park Mandrac, where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors.

6. Understand the Cost of Living

While Novigrad is more affordable than many European cities, it's essential to understand the cost of living. Rent, groceries, utilities, and other expenses can add up. Do some research to get a sense of the costs and plan your budget accordingly. Also, keep in mind that prices can vary between neighborhoods and seasons.

7. Respect the Local Customs and Traditions

Croatians are proud of their heritage and traditions. As an expat, it's important to respect these customs. This includes understanding the local etiquette, such as greeting people properly, dressing appropriately, and observing quiet hours. It also means participating in local festivals and events, which can be a fun and enriching experience.

Living in Novigrad, Croatia, can be an incredible adventure. With its beautiful landscapes, rich history, and friendly locals, it's a place that can quickly feel like home. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in this charming Croatian town.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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