How to get to Rovinj?
Rovinj is situated on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula just 38 kilometers from Pula airport. During the season there are lots of low-budget airlines, such as Ryanair, that fly to Pula several times a week.
If you are coming to Rovinj by car from the direction of Slovenia or Italy you enter Croatia on the Kastel-Dragonja border crossing and proceed South down the motorway till you reach the exit for Rovinj. If you coming from the direction of Zagreb or Split you enter Istria through the Ucka tunnel and follow the motorway all the way to exit to Rovinj.
Just south of the Old Town, you'll find the beautiful Lone Bay with its pebbly shoreline, famous for its breathtaking sunsets.
Mulini Beach is also located here, with a stylish beach bar.
Additionally, close by is the Nature Park of Golden Cape Forest. This park not only offers beaches for a refreshing swim but also trails for cycling and walking.
Restaurants in Rovinj and nightlife
For those looking for fine dining, Monte Restaurant stands out - it is known as Croatia's first Michelin-starred restaurant, offering fresh ingredients, skilled staff, and masterfully created dishes.
These are our other recommendations for those who are looking to experience good cuisine:
Restaurant Tutto Bene, Rovinj
It is centrally located with an inviting ambiance. The restaurant serves various dishes with seafood specialties. It is known for polite service.
Restaurant La Grisa, Bale near Rovinj
Restaurant La Grisa is located in picturesque Bale, emphasizing a farm-to-table approach. It offers a mix of classic and modern dishes and it is renowned for its wonderful desserts.
When it comes to drinks and a lively atmosphere, a few spots come to mind:
- The previously mentioned Mulini Beach Bar is a top spot with all-day DJ sets.
- Grand Park Hotel Rovinj’s bar offers a prime view of the Old Town.
- Lastly, the Adriatic Hotel provides a prime Old Town location with its charming terrace.
Olive Oil Tasting
Weather in Rovinj
Due to its location on the Istrian Peninsula by the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj has a mild and pleasant climate, making it a popular destination for many travelers. Summers are warm and dry. Autumns can be rainy. Winters are mild and without snow. Spring is generally drier than autumn but can still have some rainy days.
What to do while on holiday in Rovinj?
Rovinj is an ideal destination for a relaxing vacation. A picturesque small town with great restaurants and the most amazing sunsets will leave no one indifferent. Also, if you would like to spend a more active vacation Rovinj hinterland is ideal for cycling tours combined with a local gastronomical offer.
Rovinj Old Town
Rovinj, often called Croatia's most romantic town, invites visitors with its picturesque cobbled streets and vividly colored houses. The iconic Church of St. Euphemia proudly stands on the hill in the heart of the Old Town. For a great panorama, climb its bell tower - a must-visit for perfect selfies and breathtaking views. This area is among Croatia's most-photographed spots.
History enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Batana Eco-Museum, which celebrates the region's traditional boat, the Batana. Enhance your visit by booking a memorable batana boat tour around the Old Town.
Another interesting sight for those who like the sea life is Rovinj's aquarium. It is located near the historic center and one of the oldest in the region.
What are the best day trips from Rovinj?
Situated on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, Rovinj is not only easily accessible from Western Europe but also serves as an ideal starting point for captivating day trips around Istria. Here are our recommended excursions:
Historic Pula Tour: See the region's history with a visit to Pula, known for its impressive Roman amphitheater.
Brijuni Islands and Lime Bay Boat Trips: These boat trips often feature delightful swim breaks in hidden spots. Lime Bay boat trip is a cruising trip along the shores of Lime Bay.
Dolphin-Watching Adventure: The waters around Rovinj are full of playful dolphins. Join a boat tour for a chance to witness these graceful creatures in their natural habitat.
Istrian Wine and Olive Tasting: Satisfy your senses with a visit to local wineries and farms in the hinterland. Enjoy the region's finest olive oil, celebrated as Croatia's best. For wine lovers, a visit to Relais and Winery San Tommaso is a must.
Cycling around Rovinj: Discover the outdoors with Rovinj's many bike trails. The Limes trail (around 40km long), offers a great cycling experience, full of historical sites and panoramic views.
Sailing the Rovinj Archipelago: Go sailing through Rovinj's archipelago, which consists of 14 magical islands. Among them, the Red Island is a favorite spot for swimmers.
Diving around Rovinj: Dive into the sea and explore shipwrecks, like the Baron Gautsch. With local diving centers offering guided tours, the mysteries of the underwater world are close.
Whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or a culinary expert, Rovinj and its surrounding area offer various experiences waiting to be explored!