A pleasant, unusually atmospheric town on the Adriatic coast in Croatia, not far from Pula, just a hundred kilometers from the Italian Trieste.
Rovinj is always positive, in any weather. You can describe its typical Mediterranean architecture or admire photographs with views from the hill near the Church of St. Euphemia to the sea, sailboats and islands. In the photo, Rovinj will not convey the atmosphere inherent exclusively in this ancient sea city. It is better to see it by visiting the Old Town, stroll through the narrow, winding streets, walk along the embankment, sit in a cafe, and the farther from the sea, the tastier and cheaper.
Rovinj: what to see
Of interest is the Catholic Church of St. Euphemia (svete Eufemije), sometimes they write the Basilica of St. Euphemia, with a beautiful panoramic view from its bell tower.
Especially for lovers of Gothic spiers, we will inform you that the height of the bell tower is 62 meters, the age is about 300 years. It is considered the highest in Istra. Every year on September 16, thousands of pilgrims from Europe come here.
Museum of the City of Rovinj (Muzej grada Rovinj) are shards not covered with dust. Thematic expositions change every three weeks in the museum. Everything here is very modern. For example, Andy Warhol exhibited in June 2018. In other years, one could get acquainted with the work of Dali and the ceramic works of Picasso.
Created on the initiative of local artists half a century ago, the museum is located in the palace of Count Califfi, Baroque architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. The building is small, so you won't be bored.
The Rovinj Museum gravitates more toward contemporary art, but at the same time, it keeps objects of ethnographic heritage, a numismatic collection, and book rarities.
Museum admission price:
Adults – 15 kunas (1.71 GBP, 1.99 €, 2.16 $), children from 10 years and older – 10 kunas. (1.14 GBP, 1.33 €, 1.44 $ )
Other sights of Rovinj: City Hall, located in the Praetorian Palace, Holy Trinity Chapel with an art gallery inside, Grisia Artists Street, Harbor, St. Cross Chapel.
Croatian wine, olives, cheese, truffles
On Valdibora Square (Trg Valdibora) there is a market of authentic local products, focused mainly on foreign tourists.
There is a brisk trade in Croatian sheep's cheese, homemade extra virgin olive oil, honey, lavender, canned mushrooms, including truffles, and various tinctures. Prices may be lower than for a similar product at a fair in Germany or Italy, but more expensive than what the locals are used to.
On the right side of the market (if you stand with your back to the sea) there is an inconspicuous wine bar – for its own, for the locals. And next door is a cheese shop. A good accompaniment to wine.
A good place to cozy up on a hot summer day and savor the cool Istrian Malvasia with farm sheep cheese in the company of locals. In euro terms, everything is inexpensive.
Rovinj: how to get there
Buses to Pula run every 30 minutes on average, and to the airport – 4 flights a day. To Dubrovnik – 1 route per day. The trip lasts about 18 hours. Buses run to Zagreb approximately every hour. Travel time is about 6-7 hours. Ferry Rovinj – Venice runs in season. The nearest Croatian airport is located in Pula, as well as in Slovenian Portorož or Italian Trieste, which is two hours away by car.