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Location: Istra peninsula






Description of Rovinj

Rovinj is a small town 30 km north of Pula and is situated on the shore of the Adriatic sea. Although technically a Croatian town for most of its history this was an Italian city. To this day Italian is spoken even by the Croats who live in Rovinj. Most of the old quarter is inaccessible to cars since streets are too narrow. This only adds to the charm of this pleasant town. Rovinj has many hotels and small restaurant with incredible pizza calzone that is the best you will ever taste. In the centre of the city stands church of Saint Euphemia from the 18th century. Her statue on the bell tower holds a ship wheel. Sailors and fisherman came here to pray for divine protection and names of those who did not return are engraved on some of the stones around the courtyard. It was the only consolation for families who did not receive the body from a sea. Other interesting buildings include Chapel of Holy Trinity (13th century) and Rovinj Town Hall build in Baroque style (17th century).


In the west and southwest, the city is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, in the north of the Limski Canal. Originally Rovinj was a separate island, which was only in 1763 connected to the mainland. To the east lies the suburb of Rovinjsko Selo and about 25 kilometers further to the town of Kanfanar. In the southeast is the suburb Kokuletovica and about nine kilometers further the community Bale.

About one kilometer south of the old town of Rovinj is Zlatni rt (Golden Cape), another peninsula rising into the sea. On more than 70 hectares, a more than 100-year-old park, now under conservation, stretches out here. Rovinj and its bays are surrounded by 22 smaller and larger islands. The largest of these islands, the Sveta Katarina, is within sight of the peninsula of the old town. Still further south behind Zlatni rt lies Sveta Andrija. A dam connects the island with the smaller neighboring island of Maskin.


Travel Destinations in Rovinj

Cathedral of Saint Euphemia (Rovinj)

Islands around Rovinj

You can take a boat from the center harbor to the islands nearby. They are different and fit different personalities. The closest is Katherine island that is located just near Rovinj. Snorkeling and diving is quiet popular here. Crveni Otok (Red island) is home to a beautiful Franciscan monastery from the 18th century.

Municipal Museum

Rovinj City Museum is located in the city hall, decorated with the Venetian loggia. It houses artifacts from the Ancient Roman times and Middle Ages. The museum also has a collection of paintings and sculptures from the 15th- 19th century.

Rock Climbing near Rovinj

This climbing area is half an hour of walking distance from the center of the city. You can get to Park Hotel and ask for further directions. It is not far from this Hotel. Other places are accessible by car that you can rent or take a taxi. Limski Canal and Dvigrad are one of the more popular places for climbing.

Hotels in Rovinj Area

Rovinj Map1. Hotel Rovinj

2. Hotel and island of Katarina

3. Hotel Eden

4. Monte Mulini

5. Hotel Park *

6. Hotel Montauro

7. Hotel Adriatic

8. Apartments and bungalows Villas Rubin

*Villa Baron Gautsch- not far from Hotel park. It is clean, cheap with friendly personnel. It costs 20 to 27 Euro per day. Their phone number is +385- 52- 840537














History of Rovinj

The Romans gave in the 2nd century the insignificant island place the name Ruginium. The name Rovigno dates from the 7th century, after 1945 it was renamed under Yugoslav rule in Rovinj, as the city is now called in Croatian. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the island fell as Castrum Rubini between 539 and 788 under the rule of Byzantium, briefly interrupted by the Lombard episode 753 to 774. From 788 the city came under the rule of the Franks. In the 9th century, the city was repeatedly exposed to the attacks of pirates, so that the defensive walls were increased. However, this could not prevent Rovinj 876 burned down. From the 10th to the 12th century, the city was self-governing owned by various noble families. Belonging to Venice from 1283, Rovinj enjoyed a long flowering period, despite the raids and devastation of the Genoese (1379) and the Uskoks (1559 and 1599).

After the collapse of the Republic of Venice (1797) and the founding of the Kingdom of Italy in 1805, the town, like the entire Istrian coast, fell under the influence of Napoleon. At the Congress of Vienna in 1815 Rovigno was placed under Austrian rule with the addition of the Illyria region to the Habsburgs. In the Empire of Austria, the city was initially part of the Kingdom of Illyria and from 1849 the crownland Austrian coastal land. In 1900, the city of Rovigno had 10,302 inhabitants. Of these were 9,716 Italians, 201 Germans and 41 Serbokroaten. After the collapse of Austria-Hungary in the First World War, Rovigno fell to Italy with Istria. After the Second World War, the now called Rovinj city came to Yugoslavia, namely the Republic of Croatia, which has been independent since 1991.

The varied history has strongly influenced the cityscape of Rovinj. Built on a hill overlooking the sea, with its winding streets and Romanesque-Gothic cityscape, it has many Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical buildings.




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