You would expect a city built by the Venetians to be spectacular and Rovinj delivers on every level. Originally an island until the narrow channel to the mainland was filled in, Rovinj features waterfront cafes surrounded by colourful buildings, historical churches and unspoilt beaches.
Things to do in Rovinj
Take a walk around Rovinj’s 7th-century town walls or admire the collection of sacred artefacts at the 18th-century Franciscan monastery. In the centre of town is the Cathedral of St Euphemia, with a bell tower copied from St Mark’s Basilica in Venice and stunning views of the surrounding pine forests and coast.
Looking for a dose of culture? Stop in at the array of workshops and studios on Grisia street in the old town to view paintings and ceramics by local artists and purchase crafts at Atelijer Galerija Brek or Micica Atelier.
Among the many beaches, two of the most popular are Baluota and Lone Bay, offering a picturesque shoreline great for sunbathing only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre. Sports lovers will want to venture out to Sveti Andrija island, which has tennis courts, windsurfing facilities and a diving centre.
If you’re looking for some evening entertainment, the harbour is the place to party. Take a seat on the seaside terrace at the romantic cocktail bar Valentino or dance to eclectic music at Caffe Cinema while admiring a black-and-white interior decorated with stills from classic films.
Getting around Rovinj
Pula Airport, about 40 minutes away by car or bus, has flights connecting to many European cities. Once in Rovinj, the easiest way to get around is on foot or by bicycle, but there are also water taxis and buses to the surrounding beaches.