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Sveta Katarina (St. Catherine's Island)

With enchanting forests, pretty parks and rocky bays, this small island is a popular destination for a daytrip.

Sveta Katarina is a lush and picturesque island off the coast of Rovinj. Covered in pine forests, it is mostly undeveloped and unspoiled, with just one hotel built here. Find hidden bays for swimming, trek along isolated paths and admire gorgeous views of Rovinj’s old town across the water.

In the past, this island has been owned by various aristocrats, including an Austrian archduke and Ignaz Milewsky, a Polish count. Milewsky, who bought the island in the early 20th century, made it more attractive by adding plants and trees, building piers and paving the paths that still weave across the island. View the hotel to see the only remaining parts of Milewsky’s old castle, which has now been integrated into the island’s hotel.

Check out the east side of the island for stony coves and beaches for swimming and sunbathing. This area also has many facilities connected to the hotel resort. Rent windsurfing or snorkeling equipment from the diving center or play a game of volleyball on the hotel’s beach court. Watch yachts and boats coming and going from Rovinj harbor and the Zlatni Rt Peninsula across the bay.

Explore the park’s well-kept paths, which wind through attractive conifer forests and flower-strewn gardens. Several secluded and quiet spots are great for bathing or a romantic stroll.

For some adventure, make your way to the western coast, where high cliffs and rocks tower up to 66 feet (20 meters) over the sea. Thrill-seekers often jump off the highest rocks of Zlatna Stijena (golden rock) into the Adriatic Sea. Even if you don’t brave the jump, visit the rocks for the spectacular views. If these heights are too scary, head to the smaller Srebrna Stijena (silver rock) or Brončana Stijena (bronze rock). 

To get to Sveta Katarina, take a water taxi from Rovinj. Boats leave the pier regularly throughout the day to make the 10-minute journey to the island.


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Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

Obala Pina Budicina 16, Rovinj
4.9
of 5, from 36 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Rovinj, this spa hotel is steps from Rovinj Harbour, Town Clock, and Marsala Tita Square. Rovinj Town Museum and Balbi's Arch are also within 5 minutes.

£82
Hotel Lone Rovinj

Hotel Lone Rovinj

Luje Adamovica 31, Rovinj
4.7
of 5, from 121 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rovinj, this beachfront hotel is in a provincial park and within a 15-minute walk of Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity, Rovinj Marina, and Church of Our Mother of Mercy. Rovinj Harbour and Red Island are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£62
Maistra Eden Hotel Rovinj

Maistra Eden Hotel Rovinj

Luja Adamovica 33, Rovinj
4.0
of 5, from 91 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Rovinj hotel is located on the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity, Church of Our Mother of Mercy, and Rovinj Marina. Rovinj Aquarium and Red Island are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£65
Heritage Angelo d’Oro Hotel

Heritage Angelo d’Oro Hotel

Vladimira Svalbe 40, Rovinj
4.2
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Chapel of the Lady of Health, St. Euphemia's Church, and Trg Valdibora. Rovinj Town Museum and Balbi's Arch are also within 5 minutes.

£45
Residence Porta Antica

Residence Porta Antica

Porta Sottomuro 1, Rovinj
4.6
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rovinj, this apartment is steps from Batana House Ecomuseum, Rovinj Harbour, and Town Clock. Church of St. Benedict and Marsala Tita Square are also within 5 minutes.

£75
Spirito Santo Palazzo Storico

Spirito Santo Palazzo Storico

Ulica Augusto Ferri 44, Rovinj
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this hotel is steps from Rovinj Town Museum, Trg Valdibora, and Franciscan Monastery. Marsala Tita Square and Town Clock are also within 5 minutes.

£116
Maistra Monte Mulini

Maistra Monte Mulini

A. Smareglia 3, Rovinj
4.8
of 5, from 46 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rovinj, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Rovinj Marina, Rovinj Harbour, and Church of Our Mother of Mercy. Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity and Town Clock are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Katarina

Hotel Katarina

St. Katarina's Island, Rovinj
4.1
of 5, from 33 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Rovinj hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Katarina Island, Rovinj Harbour, and Batana House Ecomuseum. Marsala Tita Square and Rovinj Town Museum are also within 10 minutes.