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Originally an island, Rovinj is a popular seaside resort overlooking a small pebble bay and harbour where you can watch the fishermen bring in the catch of the day. The cobbled streets wind tightly around crowded houses, galleries, cafes and restaurants serving fresh seafood and Istrian delights. The walk will lead up to the magnificent old bell tower within the church of St Euphemia, climb up inside to admire views over the town and bay. Rovinj is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful towns in Istria and Croatia.

Things to do in Rovinj

As well as watching the local fishermen bringing in their catch while you have your breakfast, there is so much to do in and around Rovinj. Discover the 17th-century Balbi Arch which used to be an entrance to the town, stroll down Vlice Grisia the main thoroughfare and browse the many shops, and explore the charming old town which is packed with narrow cobbled streets, quaint houses and picturesque squares. There is the fascinating Town Museum near the harbour with archaeological treasures, pieces of art and sculpture if you want to understand the history of the town and area. If you want to take incredible photographs, climb the tower at St Euphemia Cathedral, the highest church in Istria, where you can enjoy incredible views of the town and countryside below. 
Our family villas in Rovinj cater for all ages, all equipped with private pools too.

Rovinj harbour , Croatia
Rovinj coast in Croatia

History and culture in Rovinj

Surprisingly Rovinj was once an island, but the narrow channel between it and the mainland has gradually silted up in the last 250 years. This beautiful town dates to prehistoric times and was originally an Illyrian settlement populated by the Histri tribe. It became part of the Roman Empire in 177BC and was called Ruginium in Latin. It fell to Venice in 1283 and because of repeated attacks fortified its walls. It was then ruled by the Austro-Hunagrian Empire, Italy and Yugoslavia before Croatia declared its independence 1991. 

Family holidays in Rovinj

Children will be delighted by a visit to Postojna Cave, the best-known cave in the world, and The Predjama Castle, the only preserved cave castle in Europe. This is the only place in the world where the underground caves system can be navigated by an electric train. See stalactites and stalagmites, vast underground halls and proteus fish. Alongside all the wondrous sites, our villas in Rovinj all come with their own private pools, so even a day spent at the villa will be full of fun, as you splash about.

View of Rovinj harbour, Croatia
Rovinj Old Town, Croatia

Adventurous activities in Rovinj

Cycling is a big thing in this part of Croatia, especially in Rovinj, and it has attracted cyclists from all around the world for many years. There are hundreds of trails of various length and difficulty levels, so whether you are a novice or an old hand at cycling you will find something to suit your ability. Maps of the cycling routes are available everywhere. If you prefer a more relaxed cycle on tarmac, electric bike tours of the city are also available. 

Romance in Rovinj

Croatia is a very romantic country, and in Rovinj you will find plenty of time to relax and enjoy each other's company. There are many wonderful restaurants to enjoy a candle-lit meal with a delicious glass of local wine. Evening strolls to watch the sunset, as well as wine tasting tours and moonlit boat trips. You can even board a boat and sail to the romantic city of Venice for the day, a memorable experience that is sure to spark romance. 

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