Recognised as one of the most picturesque destinations in all of Croatia, Rovinj offers itself as an unforgettable Croatian holiday destination.
Lose yourself in the labyrinth of steep cobbled streets that lead to splendid piazzas, museums and other cultural gems whilst soaking up the fantastic Croatian sun. Escape to Rovinj and you can experience a wide range of activities, from sailing and horseback riding to galleries and museums. A holiday in Rovinj has something for everyone.
Background to Rovinj
May to October -Rovinj offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of Months April, May, June, September and October offer cooler weather, cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. The months of July and August are generally hot and sometimes hit 30 degrees.
When to go
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Things to do in Rovinj
Explore the Old Town and visit the market: The town’s showcase is the imposing Church of St Euphemia, which dominates from its hilltop location in the centre of the peninsula. Inside, look for the marble tomb of St Euphemia and also climb the 60 metre bell tower for striking views of the town and the Adriatic azure.
Whilst you’ve probably not come to ogle at the fruit and vegetables, head straight for the olive oil, wine and truffle sections. This local produce is in an altogether class of its own, a simple must buy for any foodie and wine lover.
Background to Rovinj: Coastal Istria’s star attraction, Rovinj, remains one of the last genuine fishing ports on the Mediterranean yet exudes a profusion of style and glamour. Wooded hills and the sparkling blue Adriatic form a backdrop to the old town’s peninsula, where terracotta roofed buildings and a maze of cobbled streets beg exploration. Rovinj boasts an ideal location in order to explore many its region’s highlights including the coastal towns of Porec and Pula, inner Istria with it’s Tuscanesque surroundings and the Venice.
Explore the Islands: In addition to exceptional Mediterranean architecture, Rovinj possesses great natural beauty. The 13 green offshore islands of Rovinj archipelago are a protected nature reserve. The largest and most famous, St Katarina Island can be visited by boat which leaves every hour from a small pier located at main square. The verdant pine-strewn island is renowned for its beautiful beaches, perfect for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. St Andrija, also know as the red island is another great spot for swimming and relaxing.
Zlatni Rt Forest Park: Located less than a mile south of the town is the protected “Golden Cape Forest Park. It’s the oldest protected site in the region with important botanical significance. The most attractive town beaches are also located here, including the Golden Bay beach. The well maintained trail that runs along the coast is ideal for both cycling and longer walks. At the end of the Golden Cape is also an old quarry. The stone was once used to build many houses and buildings as far away as Venice, and today is ideal for a spot of rock climbing, whatever your ability.
Excursions from Rovinj
Pula: The capital of the Istrian region, Pula’s history goes back thousands of years, excelling in the Roman times, making this today one of its lead attractions. Roman ruins are dotted all around the centre, including the famous Amphitheatre, that held 23,000 people and is the second largest in the world to that in Rome. The Trimphal Arch of Sergii and the Temple of August are other sites worth seeings. You can easily get to Pula from Rovinj by one of the regular buses.
Inner Istria: One of Croatia’s hidden gems, the region of Istria is very well known for its beautiful coastline including Rovinj, however away from the coast it is often overlooked. Hilltop towns, olive groves and vineyards give this area more of a Tuscan feel than Croatian. Visit the stunning town of Motocun, perched high up on a 227m hill, famous for its Venetian heritage, truffles and international film festival held in late July. Groznjan is another beautiful hilltop Istrian town, famous for its influx of artists. Unfortunately there’s no bus from Rovinj to these, so hiring a car for the day is your best choice.
Porec: Another of Istria’s stunning coastal wonders, Porec boasts a rich history dating back to 50 B.C. The compact Old Town, following Roman design, has a rectangular street plan. Leading from there you will find Porec’s most recognised site, the UNESCO Protected Euphrasian Basilica, famous for its gleaming mosaics. Other notable sights include the Round Tower and the Romanesque House. Regular buses go between Rovinj and Porec making it easily accessible for a day trip. More information on Porec can be found here.
Venice: Yes, you’ve read correctly, you can visit one of Italy’s best known cities on a day trip from Rovinj. In the summer months a fast catamaran departs most days to Venice where you can bask in the splendour of the Grand Canal palaces. It is strongly advisable to book well in advance as it’s an extremely popular route for day trippers. The cost of a return is around £60 per adult and can be booked via the Venezia Lines website. Duration is 3 hours 45 minutes.
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