Friday, January 23, 2015

Vrsar Travel Guide

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The city of Vrsar has seen it all, from its earliest prehistoric hill fort to its current status as one of the most well-kept, neat and tidy resorts on the Istrian Peninsula. Taking its name from the pre-Illyrian Usaria, translating "ur" to "springs", Vrsar and the nearby village of Funtana provided important water resources for seafaring visitors. With the Roman era followed by Goth, Byzantine, then Carolingian rule, Vrsar emerged as a free municipality during the Middle Ages, ruled by its own bishops from the 13th to the 18th centuries. It then became part of the Austrian empire, and endured Yugoslavian rule after WWI. Vrsar became part of the European Union when Croatia was admitted in 2013. Known for its quarry, the summer sculptors school at Montraker is a popular August retreat. As the Porec Bishops' summer residence, Bishop's Castle is another important 12th century landmark with a beautiful view of the Lim Canal, a 12 km fjord with crystal clear water perfect for swimming or harvesting shellfish. Vrsar also has a bit of a wild streak, perhaps initiated by Giacomo Casanova's exciting visits and memoirs of the 18th century. It is known as the home of the first commercial naturist camp in Europe, Konversada. With deep roots, Vrsar spans the ages from ancient to modern, serving tasty seafood cuisine, providing comfortable seaside lodging, and sharing a beautiful archipelago of 18 uninhabited islands with tourists from around the globe.

Where is Vrsar?

Vrsar is a town on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula and has a population of about 3,000.

Vrsar Tourist Board

Rade Koncara 46, Vrsar
+385 (0) 52 441 746 

Attractions and Activities in Vrsar

1. Skydiving: Unforgettable experience in the sky above Vrsar
2. Sculpture Park Vrsar: Beautiful park with a variety of Croatian artwork
3. Fran’s Reef Diving and Sailing: Fantastic sea experience for adventourers
4. Aeropark Vrsar: Providing panoramic flights over Istria and to Venice
5. Starfish Diving Center: Perfect spot for those who enjoy diving
6. Central City Door: Romantic doors as a monument of the past, built in 13th century
7. St. Anton Church: Pitoresque little church from the second half of the 17th century
8. Early Christian Bazilic: Monument of Christianity from 6th century
9. Old City Walls and Streets: Multiple historical layers of the streets and walls make town feel dreamy
10. Casanovafest: Cultural and artistic event taking place in June, perfect for summer romance

Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes in Vrsar

1. Orlandin Restaurant & Beach Bar: International cuisine; Montraker bb, Vrsar;
2. Restaurant Fancita: Istrian cuisine; Dalmatinska 38, Vrsar;
3. Restaurant Trost: Fish specialties; Istrian cuisine; Obala M.Tita 1A, Vrsar;
4. Antoni Restaurant: Istrian cuisine; Brostolade 108, Vrsar;
5. Petra Konoba: Istrian cuisine with French touch; Kap. Stancija 3, Vrsar;

Hotels and Accommodations in Vrsar

1. Hotel Pineta: Beautiful Hotel: 3-star; $; Petalon 1, Vrsar;
2. Funtana Hotel: All-inclusive pavillons; 3-star; $$; Funtana, Vrsar;
3. Hotel Vista: Fun hotel; 3-star; $; Rade Konańćara 52, Vrsar;
4. Hotel Belvedere: Single apartments; 4-star; $; Beldevere bb, Vrsar;
5. Apartments Riva: Single apartments; 3-star; $; Riva bb, Vrsar;

Camps near Vrsar

1. Koversada Naturist Park: Clothes-free living; 3-star; Petalon 1, Vrsar;
2. Orsera Camping: Near Sculture park; 3-star; Sveti Martin 2/1, Vrsar;
3. Porto Sole Camping: Pebble & stone beaches; 3-star; Petalon 1, Vrsar;
4. Valkanela Camping: Family camp; 2-star; Petalon bb, Vrsar;

Google Map of Recommendations for Vrsar

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