Things to do in Rovinj
Rovinj is a beautiful small city on the magnificent coast of Istria. It is the most romantic place in the Mediterranean! Located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, it is a popular tourist resort and an active fishing port. Built on an island close to the coast, it became connected to the mainland much later, in 1763, by filling in the channel. The town is dominated by the baroque St Euphemia’s Church, its 60-meter tower providing a view of grey and red rooftops and chimneys, streets and squares, the port and pier with ships and boats, and the marina harbouring yachts. Archipelago includes 22 islets.
The two closest airports are Pula (Croatia) and Trieste (Italy) and during the summer season, low-cost airlines such as Ryanair operate direct flights from western Europe to both airports.
What to see in Rovinj
Church of St Euphemia
A central part of the panorama of the Old Town is the 62 metre high bell tower of the Church of St Euphemia, the highest of its kind in Istria, offers a magnificent view of the town and the surrounding archipelago. It was built in the 17th century based on the model of St Mark’s Campanile in Venice. At the top, there is a 4.7-metre bronze statue of St Euphemia, patron of Rovinj, which replaced the former wooden one. Climb the Tower of St Euphemia and enjoy in view.
City Palace is the seat of the City mayor and the entire city administration. Once this was the Praetorian Palace whose “foundations” date back to 1308. In one part of the ground floor there was also a prison while on the upper floor there was City Council Hall, offices and the file room. The front and the atrium were restored in 1850 and 1860 and in 1935 when the coats of arms were placed there representing Venetian and Rovinj families and the City.
The Town Clock
The Town Clock with its Venetian lion, the symbol of Serenissima dating back to mid 19th century, was situated on the town gate fort near the Califfi Palace.
As early as in the 7th century, Rovinj was surrounded by city walls that were subsequently strengthened by towers. The city had seven gates, three of which have been preserved to this day: The Gate of St Benedict, The Portico and The Gate of the Holy Cross.
Where the Balbi’s Arch is stands today, there used to be the main gate to the fortified city of Porton della Pescheria. The old gate was pulled down in 1678/79 and the Balbi’s Arch was built in its place. It was built during the time of Mayor Daniel Balbi. The inscription written on a stone board placed on the arch bears witness to that fact.
With its baroque grace and perfect integration in the original environment, its elegant and functional interior design with a special emphasis on detail, the Antonio Gandusio Theatre deserved to be called a true attraction of both Rovinj and the Croatian cultural heritage. The theatre was named after one of the greatest theatre and film comedians, an Italian ‘’novocento’’ born in Rovinj in 1873.
The Old Town of Rovinj has preserved its original appearance of a historic town centre located on a peninsula overlooking a picturesque harbour. Take a stroll along its most well-known streets: the Carrera, dotted with shops and galleries, Bregovita Street, and finally the Grisia, famous for its open-air painting exhibitions.
The protected Golden Cape (Zlatni Rt) Forest Park is particularly popular among biking, jogging and walking enthusiasts. Magnificent Himalayan cedars, exotic cypresses and typical Mediterranean vegetation blend here to create a unique backdrop for your favourite sport activities.
The Batana is a flat-bottomed wooden boat typical of this area. In this museum, dedicated to this traditional boat type, you can learn more about the long history of fishing in Rovinj.
The walled Monkodonjo archaeological site with its well-preserved Bronze Age remains is located five kilometres from Rovinj and consists of three main parts: the central barrow, the crafts district and the living quarters. It is estimated that approximately 1,000 inhabitants lived here.
What to do in Rovinj
Cycling and Walking
In the area of Rovinj there are four marked bicycle routes, adapted to recreationists and they are interesting because of numerous attractive cultural and natural sites to which by driving the cyclists can encounter.
Attractive tennis courts and centres favoured the increasing popularization of tennis in Rovinj. In Rovinj is traditionally held tennis tournament of Istrian Riviera in the spring.
In the last few years, climbing in Rovinj is a sport that is gaining increasing popularity.
Every year in Rovinj held a number of interesting regattas; the traditional ones are Pesaro – Rovinj – Pesaro, Chioggia – Rovinj – Chioggia and Rovinj Cup.
Diving is a real adventure, which reveals all the underwater beauty of Rovinj, a wealth of diverse and preserved flora and fauna, as well as a reefs, caves and shipwrecks.
With kayak you can see Rovinj from the sea and that is fascinating and unusual.
Nature lovers and adventure surely will be able to go on riding and discover the beauty of nature which surrounds Rovinj.
Paintball is a choice for those who want a different kind of holiday free from everyday life and stress, and thereby strengthen character.