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RovinjCroatia

Enjoy a coastal getaway at this old-world port town, an enticing mix of Italian and Croatian culture.

Rovinj is one of Istria’s premier resort towns. Visitors are drawn here for its charming character. Wander through the pleasantly cramped historical center, which sits on a small oval-shaped peninsula. Check out local markets and the historic church and take boat excursions to the islands of the Rovinj archipelago.

Although now connected to the mainland, medieval Rovinj was originally an island, which helps explain why the buildings are so tightly packed. For more than five centuries, this region was under the control of the Republic of Venice and it was part of Italy from 1918 to 1947. Listen carefully to hear snippets of Italian being spoken. Many residents are bilingual and communicate using both Croatian and Italian.

Rovinj’s old town has plenty to entertain. Weave your way around the twisting maze of car-free streets and Venetian-style houses. Notice the Balbi Arch, once the main gate to the old walled city.

The cobbled street of Grisia is lined by numerous galleries. Local artists frequently display their works in the open here. Follow narrow Grisia to the impressive hilltop St. Euphemia’s Church, a well-known town symbol. Scale the creaky staircase of its bell tower for views over the Adriatic Sea and the peninsula.

For a taste of nature, venture to Punta Corrente Forest Park. Enjoy many well-kept biking and walking trails, as well as pebbled coves for swimming. The islands of the Rovinj archipelago are also popular daytrip destinations. Ride a boat to Crveni Otok or Sveta Katarina to find quiet swimming spots, forested parks and family-friendly beaches.

Find good food in Rovinj, frequently with an Italian influence. Shop for truffles, oils and tapenades at the food market near the harbor or enjoy Italian-style pasta dishes at some of the town’s many restaurants.

Rovinj is a small, walkable town. It is located just 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Pula airport and is also served by direct bus routes from most major Croatian cities. If traveling from Italy, take a boat from Venice to Rovinj.

Top hotels in Rovinj

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Park Hotel Rovinj
Grand Park Hotel Rovinj
5 out of 5
Smareglijeva ulica 1A, Rovinj
Free cancellation
The price is £364 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"Best 5* hotel we stayed in. From check-in, staff, breakfast, room and hotel design to the spa-excellent. Only downside is very cold inside pool, no wonder it was empty every time we went swimming. Bit overall superb hotel and our favourite. Looking forward to Next visit."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj
Hotel Lone Rovinj
Hotel Lone Rovinj
5 out of 5
Luje Adamovica 31, Rovinj
The price is £223 per night

Located in Rovinj, this beachfront hotel is in a provincial park and within a 15-minute walk of Park forest Zlatni Rt, Rovinj Marina and Katarina Island. Church ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (574 reviews)

"Fantastic location, large rooms, clean. Overall excellent property!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Hotel Lone Rovinj
Angelo d'Oro Apartments Trevisol
Angelo d'Oro Apartments Trevisol
3 out of 5
Trevisol 40, Rovinj
The price is £82 per night

Situated in Rovinj, this aparthotel is steps away from Church of St. Benedict, Batana House Ecomuseum and Grisia Street. Balbi's Arch and Marsala Tita Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)

"Spacious, great location and staff is incredibly helpful. Bed is comfortable, bathroom is nice. Overall a great stay and Rovinj is fantastic. Wish we stayed longer"…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2019

Angelo d'Oro Apartments Trevisol

Popular places to visit in Rovinj

Red Island
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Red Island

4/5(9 reviews)

Escape to this uninhabited island for a relaxing day of swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.

Katarina Island
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Katarina Island

4/5(10 reviews)

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

Rovinj Harbour
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Rovinj Harbour

4.5/5(68 reviews)

Be delighted by the charm and authenticity of this pretty little Istrian harbor, around which you will find cobbled lanes, historic buildings and excellent restaurants. 

Carrera Street
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Carrera Street

4/5(5 reviews)

During your trip to Rovinj, you can do some window-shopping at Carrera Street. Stroll along the waterfront or seek out the cycling trails.

St. Euphemia's Church
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St. Euphemia's Church

4/5(17 reviews)

Climb the bell tower of this imposing Baroque church for unrivaled views over the town below.

Marsala Tita Square
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Marsala Tita Square

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Linger in this busy square to enjoy attractive pastel-colored buildings and a pretty central fountain. 

Top things to do in Rovinj

Round-trip Boat to Venice from Rovinj
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Round-trip Boat to Venice from Rovinj

£58
Per adult
Brijuni National Park Tour by ASTRAL BOAT
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Brijuni National Park Tour by ASTRAL BOAT

£60
Per adult
Plitvice Lakes National Park with lunch from Istria
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Plitvice Lakes National Park with lunch from Istria

£143
Per adult
Istria noTourist Wine Tour
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Istria noTourist Wine Tour

£142
Per adult
Istria Gastronomic Day Tour - Discover the tastes of Istria
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Istria Gastronomic Day Tour - Discover the tastes of Istria

£64
Per adult
Istrian Classics - The Best of Istria
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Istrian Classics - The Best of Istria

£61
Per adult

Reviews of Rovinj

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good 18.75%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.25%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Oct 2019

Sitting on cliff edge at sunset is gorgeous

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Sep 2019

Must go in Croatia

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Sep 2019

Not the most exciting part in Croatia. Split Plitvice Lakes and Dubovenic score 7 out of 10 this areas 4.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Sep 2019

Beautiful old town. Generally unspoilt.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Aug 2019

Beautiful town. Picturesque.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Aug 2019

Very picturesque, clean and friendly people.

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