Rovinj

Rovinj, one of the most beautiful Istrian towns, is situated on the Western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Here you will see historical monuments from Iliric, Roman and Venetian time. Visit the church of St. Euphemia and its bell tower with an unforgettable view of the whole town. Take a trip to Palud swamp or Romuald cave on the Southern side of Limski canal. Quarry "Cave di Monfiorenzo", which is also nearby, is a geological "natural monument".

General information

  • Number of residents: 12 000
  • Geographical position: Western Istria
  • Climate: Mediterranean
  • Average summer temperature: 24° C
  • Average winter temperature: 5° C
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History

Rovinj was first mentioned as Castrum Rubini in documents of Anonymous from Ravenna. The documents were written in the 7th century and in detailed inspection of the files it was concluded that Rovinj was founded between the 3rd and 5th century. Some sources say that the area around Rovinj was inhabited already in the prehistorical era when Histri traded with the Greeks and Etruscans. In time Rovinj survived various attacks from Visigoths, Huns and Byzantines but later came for a longer period under Venetians.

In the Middle Ages it suffered severe plague attack. Venetians ruled the town until the end of 18th century and after that it was ruled Austro-Hungarian monarchy. During that time the town was modernized as were the other towns on the coast. In 1947 Rovinj becomes part of Yugoslavia from which it becomes again separated in 1990 at the start of war.

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Gastronomy

As the hosts in Rovinj say, it is very difficult for them to recommend or to choose something out of a wide variety of specialties. In any case nobody in Rovinj can stay hungry. Everybody can find a specialty and their favorite restaurant in Rovinj including the most fastidious, those who don't mind paying more for good food and those who just want a simple sandwich or a simple warm not too expensive meal.

Be sure to try Istrian prosciutto which is usually served with sheep cheese. Typical Istrian meal definitely worth trying is maneštra. It is a mixture of soup and stew and it is made from several types of vegetables. This delicious and light meal is suited for every season.

There are of course meals that include homemade pasta like fuži and njoki which serve as side dishes to various meat sauces, most attractive of which are those made of game meat. But of course since you already are at the coast, don't miss trying out sea delicacies such as marinada or brudeta.

Spoil yourself with fine Istrian wines, like teran, malvazija and borgonja. For the end we recommend some of typical sweets such as fritule, kroštule or cukerančići.

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Sport

In the town you will have enough opportunities for playing sports, no matter whether you are just playing them for fun or professionally. There are water sports and sports on the ground for your preferences.

Of course, one of our first recommendations is sea diving. Rovinj is a town with many localities to dive and if you still do not posses this skill there are many schools in Rovinj where you can learn how to dive. Once you know it, start to get to know the sea world of Rovinj. One of the most beautiful localities is definitely the sunken ship "Barron Bausch" near the town. The ship was sunk in 1914 and since it lies in great depth only experienced divers can reach it but maybe this can be something you can see as a stimulus.

You would rather stay on the sea surface? You can learn how to sail or surf, and if you have not done that so far you can rent surf and follow the waves. Or would you rather stay on land? The choice is really big – you can play football, basketball or mini golf or you can rent a tennis court and play a match. You can even feel like a bird as fly a hang glider. It will definitely be interesting to see Rovinj and its countryside from air which will open a whole new dimension for you. Adventurers who choose to stay on land can visit the Lim canal. On the northern side of this beautiful natural site there is a rock for climbing.

It will surely be interesting to see Rovinj and countryside from air on a paraglide or parachoute. It's an exciting and unique experience.

Finally let's not forget bicycle lovers. There is a cycling trek throughout the entire Istrian peninsula, so you can get to know Rovinj and its closer and farther surrounding area in this way as well.

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Fun and night life

Depending on the type of entertainment you like, you can choose what to do in the evening or night. If you like simple long romantic walks near the sea you can start with that and move to a good concert or an exhibition.

In the Franciscan convent there are often concerts of classical music and on the terraces of numerous hotels and restaurants there is pleasant music you can dance to or drink a glass of wine with pleasant conversation.

If on the other hand you like to party you can go to one of discotheques in Rovinj where you can dance and have a good time. Of course we haven't forgotten daily entertainment. On the beaches of Rovinj you can drive Jet Ski or surf. In entertainment park Monvi there is a whole factory of fun.

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How to get there?

  • By car:
    • Rovinj-Zagreb 320 km
    • Rovinj-Trieste 90 km
    • Rovinj-Pula 42 km
  • By plane: www.croatiaairlines.hr
  • By bus: www.akz.hr
  • By train: www.hznet.hr do Rijeke
  • Local and international ferry lines: www.jadrolinija.hr
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Beaches

As far as Rovinj beaches are concerned we would definitely like to mention beaches on Red island. This island actually consists of two smaller islands, St. Andrija and Maškin, which are connected with a mound. The Red island lies some 15 minutes drive from land. Boats drive regularly to the island. Beaches on the island are mostly pebbled and they are suitable for families with small children, but there are also rocky parts. Maškin is a place wholy reserved for nudists. Beaches in Rovinj town are mostly pebbled or rocky.

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What to see?

The old town center

If you decide to visit this charming and romantic town, we recommend going for a walk to the old town center, which is an unusual mixture of historical monuments. Narrow tall houses support each other and on their windows, facades and balconies you can see traces of Baroque, Neoclassicism, and Renaissance. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance town walls were erected to protect the town. They have been partially preserved to the present day.

St. Benedict's gate, Gate under the Wall and St. Cross's Gate

Out of seven town gates, three have been preserved in their original form – St. Benedict's gate, Gate under the Wall and St. Cross's Gate while the other gates changed their primary appearance. After you cross the Old fisherman's gate you enter the old town where you can see the town hall founded in the 14th century which also underwent many changes in the past.

The church of St. Euphemia

Be sure to visit the church of St. Euphemia, a baroque church which is the best known and largest monument in town. The church is dedicated to Christian martyr Euphemia. There are numerous legends regarding St. Euphemia and one of them says that her sarcophagus swam to the coast of Rovinj. The sarcophagus originates from the 3rd century and it was not finished. Very little is know of the character of St. Euphemia except that her bones are buried in the sarcophagus which lies in the church. The holiday of St. Euphemia is celebrated on September 16th which is one of the largest holidays in Rovinj.

Monfiorenzo quarry

This protected 'monument of nature' does not lie far from Rovinj on the way to Pula, it is popularly called "fantasy quarry". Its numerous layers testify of geological history of Istrian coast. Turquoise algae have mixed with limestone mud, and sea currents have brought them to the shore during millions of years. By nature's patience and persistence this natural phenomenon came to being and the yield of this effort is first-rate stone that was used by the Romans for sarcophaguses production.

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