Rovinj is Istria’s prettiest and most-loved seaside destination. It lies on Istria’s sunny west coast. Rovinj Old Town sits on a tiny peninsula, which was orginally an island. Pastel-coloured Venetian-era facades rim the deep curving fishing harbor, overlooked by a proud hilltop church. South from here, on the coast, are some of Croatia’s most luxurious contemporary hotels.
Sailing crews moor up along Rovinj’s quayside, to come ashore and explore its romantic cobbled alleys. Meanwhile, excursion boats shuttle tourists round the 14 green islets of the Rovinj archipelago.
Rovinj | Things to See and Do
- Firstly, walk up through the pedestrian-only Old Town, to the hilltop Church of St Euphemia. It was built in Baroque style and completed in 1736. From here you have stunning views over town and out to sea.
- Secondly, walk back down to the seafront via the Grisia, a steep stone alley, lined by art galleries and souvenir shops.
- Check out Rovinj City Museum, in a 17th-century Baroque palace, displaying artworks from the 16th century to the 20th century.
- After that, visit the Batana House Eco-Museum, to learn about Rovinj’s traditional batana fishing boats.
- Stroll through Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape Forest Park) planted with towering pines, cedars and eucalyptus trees.
- Hire a car and drive inland to explore Istria’s wine roads.
- In conclusion, dine on contemporary Croatian cusine at Michelin-starred Monte, close to the hilltop church.
Marinas and Anchorages
- ACI Marina Rovinj. A modern marina located in the southeastern part of the city’s port. Marina amenities also include a restaurant, swimming pool, and laundry services.
- The City Port offers berths for boats.