You might have a hard time keeping your eyes on the road if you drive the short stretch between Porec and Novigrad in the early morning when the sun is hitting the water: During this time of day the landscape is bathed in a sheen of gold that gives it a mesmerizing, unearthly beauty. The scenic drive takes you just 18km (11 miles) north of Porec. Once in Novigrad, you will immediately sense that this town is more relaxed than most coastal tourism destinations.