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The Big Picture

This is the view of Rovinj that hit us as we walked out onto the balcony of our hotel. The peninsula that contains the old Town is straight across the bay. Red roofs, yellow walls, blue sea and a constant flow of boats, cosy up together in picturesque perfection and from now on my mission is to refrain from using purple prose. No easy job.

Before I arrived I'd read ( or at least looked at the photos on) every VT page on Rovinj. Quite a lot of purple prose was used in the descriptions and now I could see why. To state the obvious, Rovinj is very beautiful, probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited.

The Many Smaller Pictures

Once you've picked your jaw up from the floor and taken the first 100 or so photos, it's time to get to grips with exploring the town. The Old Town, stretching from the sea up to the Church of St Euphemia lends itself to endless wandering and exploration and is the obvious first target. But a major surprise for us in Rovinj was how much pleasure we got from strolling round the harbour. The lines between sea and town are seriously blurred here and all over the place they quite literally run into one another. The harbour is huge, stretching out all the way from the Old Town to the other side of the bay where our hotel was situated. The 20 minute walk into town was pure pleasure and at many points the water was so shallow that you could hop down off the wall and have a paddle if you felt the urge. At any time during that walk, if the fancy took you, you could veer away from the sea and discover yet another interesting back street. Exploring Rovinj was a round the clock project and it never failed to delight.

Just to Remind You that Rovinj is in Croatia

The Istrian Peninsula was once part of Italy and the Venetian influence, obvious right along the coast, is at its strongest in Rovinj. The town looks Italian, everybody speaks Italian and it's very easy to forget that you are actually in Croatia. But just one look out to sea changes this. The coastline is 100% Croatian and the archipelago of Islands offshore could be in Dalmatia or even further south. These islands are another major reason to spend a holiday in Rovinj. Getting there requires no pre-planning or organisation. It's as simple as strolling along the harbour and hopping aboard whichever boat is about to take off. On Sunday afternoon we spent four perfect hours cruising on the Adriatic for the minimal cost of EUR 15 each. Maybe things aren't as relaxed as this all year round but in mid-october with just enough visitors to create interest, it's incredibly laid back.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful town, sea, island cruises, friendly people,sunshine
  • Cons:A little quiet at night offseason. Not a big problem though.
  • In a nutshell:A place I want to visit again - soon.
  • Last visit to Rovinj: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Looks like a lovely place to visit-----I wish

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    I loved Rovinj! The tiny alleys and streets in the old town were so much fun to explore.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    I'm afraid no more tips on Rovinj, I only spent a few hours; however, I've finished some of Croatia/Slovenia and working on many more

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    I came back again to take in more of these pictures and sites. That picture in the tobacco factory looks like an ex smoker. Great job

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 4:50 AM

    Rovinj is a nice place and thanks for sharing .

  • FrostyJW's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:44 AM

    Thanks for your informative comments about Rovinj and great photos. We plan to visit Sept 2009, so really looking forward to it. I did a tour of the southern part of Croatia and Dubrovnik in July 2008 and loved it. Thanks again, all the best, John

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Excellent, both pictures and comment. Very tempting. (Emigrating to where?)

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    What an excellent page - clear, informative descriptions and beautiful photos combine to bring this place to life. Thanks for sharing - may have to revise thoughts of a return visit to Dubrovnik now! Will be back for more.

  • Fullmoonfever's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    Happy Birthday!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2008 at 2:09 AM

    Good information and photos, what a pretty place to visit.


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