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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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Maistra Eden Hotel Rovinj £174
Maistra Eden Hotel Rovinj

Maistra Eden Hotel Rovinj

Luja Adamovica 33, Rovinj
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Rovinj, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park and within a 15-minute walk of Park forest Zlatni Rt and Katarina Island. Rovinj Harbour and Red Island are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Hotel Lone Rovinj £281
    Hotel Lone Rovinj

    Hotel Lone Rovinj

    Luje Adamovica 31, Rovinj
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Rovinj, this beachfront hotel is in a provincial park and within a 15-minute walk of Park forest Zlatni Rt and Katarina Island. Rovinj Harbour and Red Island are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Grand Park Hotel Rovinj £471
      Grand Park Hotel Rovinj

      Grand Park Hotel Rovinj

      Smareglijeva ulica 1A, Rovinj
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Rovinj, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Katarina Island, Rovinj Harbour and Rovinj Town Museum. Grisia Street and Batana House Ecomuseum are also within 15 minutes.

        Hotel Katarina
        Hotel Katarina

        Hotel Katarina

        St. Katarina's Island, Rovinj
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Rovinj hotel is in the city centre, steps away from Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Katarina Island. Rovinj Harbour and Red Island are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj
          Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

          Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

          Obala Pina Budicina 16, Rovinj
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Rovinj, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Batana House Ecomuseum, Franciscan Monastery and St. Euphemia's Church. Rovinj Aquarium and Rovinj Marina are also within 15 minutes.

            Hotel Arupinum £185
            Hotel Arupinum

            Hotel Arupinum

            Luje Adamovica 29, Rovinj
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Rovinj, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rovinj Marina, Katarina Island and Rovinj Harbour. Red Island is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

              Old Town Rovinj Apartments by Irundo £66
              Old Town Rovinj Apartments by Irundo

              Old Town Rovinj Apartments by Irundo

              Zdenac 9, Rovinj
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Rovinj, this apartment building is steps away from Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč and Rovinj Harbour. Katarina Island and Red Island are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Maistra Istra Hotel Rovinj £149
                Maistra Istra Hotel Rovinj

                Maistra Istra Hotel Rovinj

                Crveni Otok 1, Rovinj
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Rovinj hotel is just steps away from Park forest Zlatni Rt and Red Island. Rovinj Harbour and Katarina Island are also within 3 miles (5 km).