Rovinj Travel Guide
Contents [click on chapter for quick jump]
- 1 Get to know Rovinj/Rovigno
- 2 Things to do in Rovinj
- 2.1 Sightseeing in Rovinj
- 2.2 St. Catherine’s and St. Andrew’s Islands
- 2.3 Bale – picturesque hilltop village made of stone
- 2.4 Rovinj archipelago sailing
- 2.5 Rovinj Beach Polo Tournament
- 2.6 Batana Museum and sailing around the town by batana boat
- 2.7 Diving around Baron Gautsch shipwreck, reefs and caves
- 2.8 Hit the bike trails in Rovinj area
- 2.9 Romualdo’s cave discovering
- 2.10 Visiting nearby coastal towns
- 2.11 Kids! Two waterparks are very close to you
- 2.12 Watching the sunset with a glass of wine
- 2.13 Segway tour Rovinj
- 2.14 Relaxing on Mulini Beach
- 2.15 Birdwatching in swampy area
- 3 Day trips from Rovinj
- 4 Beaches in Rovinj
- 5 Accommodation in Rovinj – where to stay
- 6 Where is Rovinj and how to get there?
- 7 Car rentals in Rovinj
- 8 Map of Rovinj
Get to know Rovinj/Rovigno
Rovinj/Rovigno is the most picturesque Mediterranean old town on the Istrian cost located on small peninsula with houses built on the sea cliffs. It’s an absolutely lovely, friendly and romantic town with charming narrow streets lined up with art galleries, authentic taverns, coffee shops and bars. It’s not rich only in historical and cultural heritage, but also with events offering you festivals, concerts and attractions year-round.
In Rovinj you’ll find the best designed Croatian hotels, charming boutique hotels, luxury Istrian villas and private accommodation of premium quality.
Read about history of Rovinj.
Things to do in Rovinj
Sightseeing in Rovinj
City Palace, Town’s Clock, Town Walls and Gates, Balbi’s Arch, Center of Historical Research, The Antonio Gandusio Theater, Francisian Monastery, Church of St. Euphemia, Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity, Native Museum, Batana House Eco Museum, Adris Gallery…
St. Catherine’s and St. Andrew’s Islands
Take a short boat ride to St. Catherine’s and St. Andrew’s Islands. Visiting both islands is fantastic way to experience gorgeous gardens and parks, church, mausoleum and monastery with lovely view over old town.
Bale – picturesque hilltop village made of stone
Besides fantastic historical sites you can discover in ancient Roman village Bale, nested at the hilltop only 14 km distance from Rovinj, the surroundings offer you many possibilities for an active day in untouched nature such as trekking, biking, horse riding, bowling, tennis, birdwatching …along with an amazing view over the sea.
Read more information and spend a fantastic day in Bale.
Rovinj archipelago sailing
If consider the sailing day trip around Rovinj archipelago of 22 islands and islets check Sparksailing Team.
Rovinj Beach Polo Tournament
If travelling to Rovinj in May don’t miss unique event in the region – the polo tournament takes place beside beautiful sea shore with a grand view over St. Euphemia Church and town’s peninsula.
Batana Museum and sailing around the town by batana boat
Batana Museum is dedicated to the traditional Rovinj boat- batana. You can even take a batana ride around the town’ coastline and experience special evening in a typical local tavern. Read more on this fantastic experience on Batana website.
Diving around Baron Gautsch shipwreck, reefs and caves
You can experience a true diving adventure in Rovinj since numerous underground locations are waiting for you to discover. Please contact one of diving centers for more information.
Hit the bike trails in Rovinj area
Mild Mediterranean climate allows you biking in Istria year-round. Choose one of four marked biking trails in Rovinj area: Rubin Trail, St, Eufemia Trail, St Thomas Trail and St. Captain Trail and discover wonderful nature and cultural sites by bike.
Read more on biking trails on Istria-Bike website and find out everything you need for you safe biking adventure including GPS navigation, interactive map and other useful information.
We recommend mountain biking famous Parenzana trail and passing through lovely Istrian vineyards for a great Istrian adventure! The professional guide, bike and helmet are included – you just need to hit the trail.
Read more about Mountain Biking Parenzana Trail and have great day exploring amazing Istrian landscape.
Romualdo’s cave discovering
Romualdo’s cave, located in area of Lim Bay, is home of large colony of bats and important paleontological and paleoanthropological findings. If interested for discovering adventure of underground world read more on Natura Histrica website.
One more nearby cave is definitely worth of visiting – Baredine cave located near town Poreč.
Visiting nearby coastal towns
Hit the road for visiting nearby coastal towns Novigrad, Poreč or Pula, and discover their Mediterranean ambience rich in history and beauty.
For your better driving experience read our Getting around Croatia by car page.
If you consider renting a car for travelling around Istrian coastal towns, find more information on our Car rentals in Croatia page.
Kids! Two waterparks are very close to you
Adrenalin fans can enjoy numerous water attractions in one of two Istrian water parks.
Aquacolors waterpark is located along the side of the Zelena Laguna Resort, next to the road leading from Poreč to Funtana and Vrsar.
If Aquacolors waterpark is not enough for you, get some more adrenalin at Istralandia (direction Novigrad, Nova Vas exit).
Watching the sunset with a glass of wine
When on holiday just sitting and watching the surrounding ambience is often enough to feel great! The streets of Rovinj are perfect place for taking your seat and order a glass of wine while watching the sunset and people passing by.
Segway tour Rovinj
Take an exciting segway ride of exploring the town without getting tired and have a great time while discovering streets, hidden passages and amazing sites of Rovinj. You can take a segway tour from three locations – Campsite Polari, Amarin Resort and ACI Marina.
Find more information on Segway Rovinj website or tel. + (385) 95 82 30 240
Relaxing on Mulini Beach
Although there are so many things to do and see in Rovinj and its surroundings, you will probably spend hours on the beach.
We recommend you to hit Mulini Beach located in Lone Bay, below famous hotels Monte Mulini, Lone and Eden, for a perfect day of enjoying modern beach architecture combined with crystal blue sea and an amazing view over Mediterranean old town. This beach is also a very popular promenade towards Golden Cape in Park Forest.
Keep on reading for more locations of beaches in and around Rovinj.
Birdwatching in swampy area
The small group for birdwatching in special ornithological reserve Palud with expert guidance is possible year-round and the entrance is free. Find out more on this ornithological experience on Natura Histrica website.
Day trips from Rovinj
Discover hilltop towns in green Istrian inland
Take a day trip to beautiful Istrian inland and visit the picturesque hill towns Motovun, Grožnjan and Buzet. Check with travel agencies in your town for an organized trip or join one of Istrian Medieval Hilltop Towns Full-Day Tour with Viator:
You can also arrange your private tour or join a small group for the best hilltop towns discovering with professional licensed guide for Istrian region.
Brijuni National Park
Brijuni Islands are exceptional natural heritage of fourteen island and islets, safari park and the remains of Roman villas. You can reach Brijuni by regular boat from village Fažana (30 km on south from Rovinj) and when you get there join one of the tours organized by Brijuni Authority (book your tour few days before).
Brijuni National Park contact for tour booking:
Tel: +385 (0) 52 525883 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moreover, you can arrange your private or small group excursion to Brijuni National Park by boat from Pula city.
If you plan to explore Brijuni in your own arrangement, learn about the Park’s locations before you get there and then hire a bike or electric golf car for your best discovering experience.
The best of Istria wine and gourmand tour – all inclusive
Capture the essence of Istria by using all your gourmand senses on this full-day tour while visiting fabulous hilltop towns, colorful vineyards, wine tasting in wineries and lunch in authentic Istrian tavern offering traditional local dishes such as homemade pasta, Istrian beef (boškarin), wild asparagus and truffles.
Find out more about The Best of Istria Wine Tour on Viator and book online.
Visiting Pula for Roman heritage sightseeing tour
Hit the road to Pula (35 km distance from Rovinj), take a walk around Roman ruins and visit the world’s sixth largest Roman amphitheater Arena, Forum Romanum, Temple of Augustus… and much more to discover in the city with glorious history of Roman Empire.
Read more about Pula Roman Heritage Walking Tour and book online.
Boat trip to Lim Channel
Take a boat trip to Lim Channel often called Lim Fjord. For more information, please check local Delfin agency – they also organize some other interesting boat trips.
Excursion to Venice!
Beaches in Rovinj
The most popular beaches in Rovinj
Golden Cape in Park Forest – pebbled and gravel beaches suitable for children located just 20 min walk from town center with plenty place on the grass and shadow under the trees. It’s the largest and most visited beach in Rovinj with the view over St. Andrew Island.
Mulini Beach – concrete paved beach on south from town, towards Golden Cape, is the most popular beach in town. Completely rebuild in 2014 beach is a combination of modern architecture and Mediterranean ambience with an amazing view over the old town. It is located below famous 5 stars hotels Lone, Monte Mulini, and 4 stars hotel Eden.
Lone Bay Beach –very popular beach is stretching along the Lone Bay from Mulini Beach on north to entrance of Golden Cape on south.
Baluota Beach – rocky beach next to St. Euphemia Church transforming into a special scene for events with lighting allowing you exciting night swimming.
Villas Rubin Beach – one of the most popular beaches, especially is preferred by locals, is a part of Villas Rubin Resort. It is a fine gravel and rocky beach suitable for children with lots of surrounding space for sport activities.
Beaches in Rovinj archipelago
Katarina Island beaches – mostly rocky beaches reachable by 15 min boat ride offering lots of shade, hidden coves and beautiful view over the town and Golden cape.
St. Andrew Island beaches – the island is also known as Red Island and can be reached by boat (15 min ride), departing from little dock called Delfin in town’s center. The beaches on island are pebbled and rocky you can also get to St. Andrew Island from another island – Maškin, connected with a pedestrian bridge.
Maškin Island FKK Beach – mostly rocky beach with deep clear sea is not the best choice for children but it’s quite and surrounded by untouched nature for a perfect day away from crowd. You can get there by regular boat route from center departing from a little dock called Delfin in town’s center. Maškin Island is connected to St. Andrew Island with a pedestrian bridge.
More fantastic beaches in Rovinj
Škaraba Beach –quite nice beach with flat rocks for sunbathing surrounded by a pine forest is located on southern edge Golden Cape.
Kuvi Beach – pebbled and sandy beach located 2.5 km from town’s center on south. It’s very nice beach surrounded by pine forest offering you a shade on hot summer days
Veštar Beach – sandy and pebbled beach suitable for families with children is a part of Veštar campsite located 5 km on south from center.
Borik Beach – pebbled beach is located on north from town center in residential area offering you lots of shade, clear sea and beautiful view.
Amarin Beach – large pebbled is a part of Amarin resort.
Accommodation in Rovinj – where to stay
The choice of accommodation in Rovinj is absolutely incredible- you can choose between superb designed hotels, resorts, excellent campsites, hostels, private accommodation of high quality and luxury Istrian villas.
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If you are still not sure what accommodation is the best choice for you, maybe our SELECTION OF ACCOMMODATION IN ROVINJ will encourage you to make the final decision.
Selection of 5 stars accommodation
Selection of 4 stars accommodation
More great 4 stars accommodation in Rovinj:
Selection of 3 stars accommodation
Residence Porta Anica
Casa Casale Rovinj
Guest Accommodation Dall’ Antiquario
Residence Marko Polo
Hotel Villa Lili
Apartments and Rooms Robert
When it comes to accommodation, Rovinj is definitely a top holiday destination.
BOOK YOUR STAY AND HAVE A GREAT TIME IN ROVINJ!
Where is Rovinj and how to get there?
Rovinj is located in the middle of Istrian western coast, between towns Poreč on north and Pula on south. Rovinj is easy to reach by car, bus or plane – the motorway network called Istrian Ypsilon is developed and of high quality but if you prefer flying to your holiday, the nearest airport is in Pula (about 40 km distance).
Getting to Rovinj by train is not comfortable journey since railway network is poor without direct routes to Istrian coastal towns.
For more information on travelling to Rovinj on holiday, please read our Travelling to Istria page.
Car rentals in Rovinj
Renting a car for getting around Rovinj and entire Istrian peninsula is a great idea! The road Istrian Ypsilon will take you to numerous fantastic places in any direction, to western-coast towns Pula, Poreč and Umag, or to green inland and its hilltop towns. The most important is to plan your travelling in advance and book your car on time, especially in the main summer season!
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Before you hit the road, get to know general traffic law, toll charges, your driving license validity, Green Card Car Insurance, etc. All these answers and more information for your better driving experience and safety, you’ll find on our Car rentals page and Getting around Croatia by car page.
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