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.


History of Rovinj

The first mention of the city dates back to the VII century, when the work of Castrum Rubini was published Cosmography (Cosmographia), but the geographical studies in it date back to the V century. As a result, it is safe to say that the history of the city begins between the III and V centuries. Archaeological excavations make the history of the city even more ancient - according to their results, the first settlements in these places appeared in the Bronze and Iron Ages.

There are many interesting pages in the history of the city - at different times it was under the rule of the Byzantine Empire, under German feudal lords, the Venetian Republic, under Austro-Hungarian, French and German rule, the city was burned and devastated several times. For most civilizations, the location of the city seemed very advantageous from the point of view of geographical location. However, for many years the city gained its independence and fought for its own autonomy - that is why he has been looking for his own patron for so long, who will offer the most favorable conditions for solving this problem.

In 1283 Rovinj, following Poreč, Novigrad and Umag, became part of Venice. Having made such a choice, the city gained independence with some restrictions. For example, the Venetian Republic reserved the right to appoint a judge who, in accordance with his competence, conducted all spiritual, political, administrative, commercial and other affairs. Only privileged families were also admitted to the Council of Citizens, and judges elected by this council decided exclusively civil and criminal cases under the direction of a judge appointed by Venice.

Socially, the townspeople were divided into two classes - aristocrats and plebeians. The government, which included the Council and the Assembly, also had a corresponding division. Membership in the Council was inherited. The term of office of judge and praetor was limited to one year, and in 1306 the Senate of Venice extended it to 16 months.

Over time, a commodity exchange appeared in Rovinj - merchants and sailors added to the list of typical urban professions, the main of which were fishing and farming. The development of navigation also brought its changes to the city - the rivalry of port cities led to the conquest of Rovinj by Genoa in 1379. Two centuries later (in 1579 and 1599) the city was again captured.

At the end of the 15th century, the population of the central part of the peninsula began to grow at the expense of refugees from the central part of the peninsula, as well as from Bosnia and Dalmatia, Greece and Albania, and Northern Italy. In 1595 the population of the city was 2800 inhabitants, in 1650 - 5000 people, in 1741 - 7966, and in 1775 - 13788 people, which could not but affect the urban architecture. The number of storeys of buildings is increasing, and houses are beginning to crowd together.

In the 18th century, the city became an important seaport, and the local sailors became famous for their skills and bravery, repeatedly demonstrated in battles with the Turks in the 16th century. In addition to the famous pages, the city had the flip side of the coin - Rovinj was the largest center of smuggling. Many uprisings were organized here (in 1767, 1769, 1774 and 1780) against the Venetian intervention.

That town of Ruvin stands on the seashore on a high rocky mountain. The structure of that city is all stone. In that city the church of the holy martyr Euphemia the Praiseworthy; in that church and her relics lie, which I also had the opportunity to see; in the same church he saw the same holy martyr's ring, made of silver with crystal, and the belt of the same holy martyr, woven of silver wire. In the same city, that painted church has a stone bell tower, very high, and on top of that bell tower is the image of the holy martyr Euphemia, cast from copper as a human age. In the same city, there are many olive trees on the plantations and a lot of fruit on them.
- diary of P. AND. Tolstoy, 1697


On May 12, 1797, self-government was established in the city - 18 representatives of the population, elected by the democratic assembly, joined the government that ruled the city. However, as early as 1809, the French rule of Napoleon's government was introduced here, which lasted until the restoration of Austrian sovereignty over these areas in 1813. In 1821, the city confirmed its municipal status, and from 1825 to 1860 it was part of the Istrian county.

Since 1819 in Rovinj there is an active construction - the school building is constructed, in 1847 the steam factory for manufacture of paste is constructed, in 1850 - the chamber of commerce is established, in 1853 - the lighthouse on island of St. Ivana, from 1854 to 1865 - a theater building was built, in 1852 - a cement factory, in 1872 - a tobacco factory, in 1888 - a city hospital. In 1876 a railway connection with other cities was opened, and from 1905 the city was illuminated by gas lanterns. Since 1906, the city telephony begins.

With the disappearance of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, Rovinj came under Italian influence, which lasted until the capitulation of Italy in September 1943. Until the end of World War II, the city was ruled by German invaders. As a result of the war, all of Istria became part of Yugoslavia. The Italian population left the area en masse in 1947.

The disintegration of the SFRY began in 1990, as a result of which on June 25, 1991, Croatia declared itself a sovereign independent state. The city, like the entire Istrian peninsula, continues its peaceful existence as part of Croatia.



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