Rovinj - not only for romantics

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Rovinj is a small but very charming town, situated in the northern part of Croatia. This amazingly beautiful place is often called the Croatian Venice. The unique atmosphere of the historic old town located close to the sea, and the historic tenement houses and seaside boulevards attract more and more tourists to Rovinj.

Rovinj is considered one of the pearls of the Istrian coast. In ancient times, this area Illyrians inhabited them, who were ousted by the settlers of the Roman Empire . For many years, the town passed under different reigns - it was part of the Byzantine Empire, the Franconian Empire, and also the Venetian Republic.

The reign of the Venetians was the best period, which lasted over 500 years and had the most positive influence on the development of the city. Rovinj was also part of the Austrian Empire and belonged to Yugoslavia after World War II. It is currently located on the territory of Croatia.

Romantic and historic old town

The entire old town of Rovinj is surrounded by walls. The peninsula on which the castle was built was reinforced in the 15th century by the Venetians with a double fortification. Some fortifications have survived to this day and can be seen in the northern and southern parts of the city.


It's best to start your sightseeing in Rovinj from the historic square of Marshal Tito. From here, we can go to the most picturesque street of the town, which was laid out in the 18th century. Also, from the main square, we can get to Griźia Street , which is a street exhibition for artists, and at the same time leads to one of the most beautiful monuments in the city - the Church of Sveta Eufemia (St. Euphemia). This baroque building dates from the 18th century and you can see a Roman sarcophagus that is the tomb of St. Euphemia.

It is also worth visiting the cathedral's highest belfry in Istria (61 meters), which is modeled on the building of St. Mark's in Venice. The oldest building in Rovinj is the 12th-century heptagonal baptistery outside the historic city center, on Trg Oslodode (Liberation Square).

South of Rovinj at Zlatni Rt (Punta Corrente) you can relax in a beautiful park with exotic plants and walking paths, which was founded in 1860.

Beaches and delicious dishes

The entire region of Rovinj has a coast of 67 kilometers, which allows you to enjoy the charms of beautiful beaches and the noise of the Adriatic Sea . The city beach is paved, but not far from Cape Zlatni there is a pebble beach located in a nature park. Additionally, you can go on a boat-taxi trip to one of the nearby islands, such as St. Katarina and Crveni Otok . There is also one of the larger naturist complexes in Rovinj - FKK Valalta .


While vacationing in Croatia, in addition to well-known European cuisine, we can also try regional specialties, e.g. Istrian smoked ham , the equivalent of Italian Parma ham, is worth recommending.

On the Rovinj peninsula, Mediterranean fish dishes or seafood dishes are generally preferred, however you can find them there also Balkan cuisine - various types of meat cooked on the grill. When relaxing in Croatia, you should try the delicious Croatian red and white wine, as well as typical Croatian alcoholic beverages such as rakija, media and slivovitz.

Val Saline campsite

Rovinj is a town with well-developed hotel facilities. Tourists can also rent apartments, rooms in guesthouses and holiday homes. However, if you like to relax in the bosom of nature, it is worth visiting the 11.70 ha Val Saline campsite. The resort is surrounded by lush greenery and is close to a 730-meter long pebble beach and the sea .

There are available in the campsite pitches for motorhomes and tents, you can also use modern holiday homes . About 300 plots ranging in size from 100 to 140 sq m have been prepared for tourists. All camping pitches have electricity, water and sanitary connections.

In the Val Saline area there is a playground, mini golf, organized are also animation activities for children. Additionally, enthusiasts of active leisure can take advantage of the excursion program, a swimming pool with a paddling pool for children, a fitness room, and a gym. Dance school classes are also available .

Outdoor sports activities have been prepared for young people. There is, among others, a beach volleyball court, table tennis, football field and bicycle rental . Guests at the campsite can also enjoy water sports such as snorkeling, windsurfing and water skiing.


The Val Saline has a restaurant serving fresh fish and seafood, a pool bar, and a grocery store with fresh home-made bread and homemade pastries. The resort also has a currency exchange office, and free Wi-Fi is also available.

The Val Sal campsite has a convenient bus connection with Rovinj, which makes it easy to enjoy not only the charms of the comfortable resort, but also the city and the picturesque surroundings without any problems.


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Piotr Strugała
Piotr Strugała

Italy, Croatia, Spain ... are the countries I would like to come back to every summer. I like to discover new places, whether it is a bustling capital city or a quiet town on a mountain slope.

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