Friday, January 30, 2015

Rovinj Travel Guide

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Perched on the central western coast of the Istrian Peninsula, Rovinj was once an island. The channel separating it from the main peninsula was filled in during the mid 1700s connecting it to the mainland. Twenty-two tiny islands continue to welcome visitors to this very Venetian town, sporting a distinctly Italian vibe. From its early Illyrian heritage, Rovinj endured rule by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Franks, then the Venetians, who ultimately built walls and gates for protection against intruders. The 18th century fall of Venice opened the door for Napoleon, followed by Austria and Yugoslavia. Upon the conclusion of WW1, an exodus left Rovinj a changed city, ultimately leading to independence. This simply lovely fishing village and tourist town also provides education, research, and medical treatment in the Center for Marine Science, Center for Historical Research, and the Martin Horvat Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital. This beautiful, compact town makes for a wonderful walk among its sites. The St. Euphemia Church in the town center, with its bell tower, is a must see, along with the fabulous market, the square at the bridge, The Batana Boat Museum, and the Balbi Arch, complete with winged lion, a Venetian artifact. From the hill forts echoing the Bronze Age, to the wine bars, concerts, modern hotels, and busy markets today, Rovinj remains a relaxed, inviting, romantic destination for visitors and residents alike.

Where is Rovinj?

Rovinj is a Croatian fishing port on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula with a population of about 15,000.

Rovinj Tourist Board

Obala Pina Budicina, Rovinj
+385 (0)52 811 566 

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Attractions and Activities in Rovinj

1. Old Town: Classical mediterranean architecture with narrow streets, cozy shops, and cafes
2. Port of Rovinj: A pleasant port view and interesting sightseeing spot
3. St. Euphemia Cathedral: Beautifuil church has a copper statue with many legends
4. Punta Corrente: Rovinj’s golden cape with stony beaches and nice views
5. Church of the Holy Trinity: Very famous and beautiful architecture
6. Saint Andrija Castle: Castle built from 6th to 17th century currently used as a hotel on nearby island 
7. Main Street: Wonderful walking area for youngsters and families
8. Rovinj Aquarius: Easy and enjoyable way to meet Croatian sea fortune
9. Baron Gautsch: Well preserved and among the most beautiful shipwrecks
10. Mini Croatia: Outdoor gallery representing Croatia on an area of 5500 square meters

Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Rovinj

1. Restaurant Balbi: Istrian cuisine; Trg Manteotti 6, Rovinj; 
2. Monte Restaurant: Istrian cuisine; Montalbano 75, Rovinj; 
3. Restaurant Orca: International and domestic cuisine; Gripole 70, Rovinj; 
4. Restaurant L: Croatian cuisine; Luje Adamovića 31, Rovinj; 
5. Restaurant Tipico: Mediterranean cuisine; Grisia 32, Rovinj; 

Hotels and Accommodations in Rovinj

1. Hotel Valdaliso: Nice hotel; 2-star; $; Monsena bb, Rovinj; 
2. Hotel Park: Nice and cozy hotel; 3-star; $; IM Rognjova bb, Rovinj; 
3. Hotel Monte Mulini: Beautiful hotel; 5-star; $$$; A Smareglia bb, Rovinj; 
4. Hotel Lone: Wonderful hotel; 5-star; $$;Luje Adamovica 31, Rovinj; 
5. Hotel Eden: Beautiful hotel; 4-star; $; Luje Adampvica bb, Rovinj; 

Camps near Rovinj

1. Valalta Naturist Camping: Long shoreline; 4-star; Cesta Valalta bb, Rovinj; 
2. Vestar Camping: Perfect for boat guests; 4-star; Vestar bb, Rovinj; 
3. Amarin Camping: Wonderful view; 4-star; Monsena bb, Rovinj; 
4. Polari Camping: Stone and pebble beaches; 4-star; Polari bb, Rovinj; 
5. Uliga Camping: Nice family camp; 4-star; Polari bb, Rovinj;
6. Valalta Camp: Naturist Campsite of the Year award;

Google Map of Recommendations for Rovinj

See Best of Istria Google Map for additional recommendations of places to see and things to do in Rovinj.

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