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Rovinj, the Blue Pearl of the Adriatic, the city of romance and art, one of the most picturesque towns in the Mediterranean. Part of the Venetian Republic for over 500 years, the Old Town is perched on an elevated peninsula, surrounded by Venetian terracotta-roofed houses and crowned by the Church of St. Euphemy from the 18th century whose bell tower dominates the Rovinj silhouette. The cramped area of the former island dictated the appearance of the town that is characterized by high houses, narrow paved streets and small squares.

Old cobbled alleys in the Old Town invite visitors to walk around and explore colorful galleries and shops filled with local arts and crafts. In the open-air market visitors will find fresh groceries such as asparagus, olives, tomatoes, herbs and medicinal plants, figs and cheese. The Italian influence is much stronger here than anywhere else in Croatia and the main square is surrounded with lively cafes and restaurants spreading out all the way to the charming harbor filled with sailing and fishing boats.

Visitors from all over the world spend their holiday in Rovinj because of its lovely climate, colorful history, hospitality and picture-postcard scenery – dense Mediterranean evergreen underbrush and pine woods and 22 islands and islets that together with the coastline form the largest protected area of the town's natural heritage. Although it is mostly visited during the summer months, many decide to spend their vacation in Rovinj during the winter period as well, due to its favorable weather conditions that have a positive influence on health.

Rovinj is focused on the protection of environment and the acceptance of new challenges in tourism, but is still linked to the tradition; therefore it is no surprise that in the early morning you can enjoy watching the fishermen arriving into the town harbor with their catch.


The history of Rovinj and its surroundings dates back to the Iron and Bronze Age, when this area was inhabited by the Illyrian tribe Histri that traded goods with the Greeks and Etruscans. In 177 B.C. Rovinj became the part of the Roman Empire called Rubinium (named after a jewel), and Rubinum afterwards. The period of peace under the Romans was followed by the attacks of the Visigoths, the Huns and other conquerors, when the inhabitants found refuge on the islands. On the island of Rovinj, the first walls started to rise near the high rocks as a natural defense.

In 1283 Rovinj fell under Venetian rule by mutual agreement, as the town was aware of the advantage of the protectorate of the Republic. In 1763 the narrow channel was filled up and the island was connected to the mainland. During the Venetian period, while fighting against the Turks, the city walls became reinforced and they still exist nowadays. During the following period, after the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, the town had set up a democratic system of government which lasted for a short period of time, because in 1813 it became a part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy until the First World War, when it fell under the Italian rule. After the Italian capitulation in 1943 it was occupied by the Germans. In 1947 it came under Yugoslavia where it remained until 1991 when Croatia was established.

Rovinj: What to do / What to see?


Indulgence and fun

Istrian cuisine hides the abundance of traditional tastes, the reflection of the historical, geographical and climatic characteristics of the peninsula. The dishes of Green Istria, typical for the interior of the peninsula, are based on meat and pasta, and Blue Istria dishes offer the freshness of the sea with excellent fish and seafood. The interior of Istria hides a number of taverns and wine cellars where you will get a true autochthonous experience by tasting traditional meals and a glass of supreme Istrian wine. The autochthonous Istrian wines are Malmsey white wine and Teran and Refošk red wines, and the most famous dessert wine is the Istrian Muscat.
The important characteristic of Istria that dates back to the Greek and Roman period is the olive. According to the world standards, Istrian olive oils are one of the best ones, and it is possible to taste them in oil works and taverns owned by the best Istrian olive growers.

Nightlife begins in the town in colorful restaurants and bars on the coast or on the terraces of Rovinj's hotels and resorts with an organized entertainment programme with live music. Those who wish to entertain themselves all night long will have a good time in Monvi, the largest entertainment centre in Istria with dozen night bars and disco clubs inside the complex.

If you plan to spend your summer vacation in Rovinj, you will have the opportunity to enjoy various local festivals and other events, the most famous being Grisia (open air, art exhibition named after the street where it takes place in July), Rovinj Night (celebration of the City known for its magnificent fireworks, takes place in August) and St. Euphemy (16 September, the holiday of the patron saint of the town).

Guests who are staying in Maistra’s facilities can enjoy various entertaining and recreational activities during the day such as aqua aerobic, demonstrative diving in swimming pools, archery, tennis tournaments, guided sightseeing tours of the town, visits to the Museum and the Aquarium, dancing school, Croatian language school and many creative workshops.

Sports and recreation

The beaches of Rovinj and its surroundings are mainly stony and rocky and some have pebbles. For the most part there is a rhythmic interchange of rocky coast and coves covered with tiny pebbles. Coves are suitable for families with children because the access to the sea is easy and gently-sloping, while rocky beaches, such as those in Škaraba Bay on the southern side of Rovinj, are more suitable for diving. The well-attended town beach in Lone Bay (on the south), the popular beach on the island of St. Andrew, the beach in the resorts Amarin (on the north) and beaches in campsites Veštar (5 km south from Rovinj) and Polari (3 km south) are covered with pebbles.

The Blue Flag, the symbol of clean and well-attended beaches, was given to the following beaches in Rovinj, all of which are part of Maistra's facilities: Amarin Resort beach, Villas Rubin Resort, Hotel and beaches in Polari and Veštar campsites.

A wide selection of sports activities has an important role in Rovinj's tourist offer: the town hosted the European Corporate Games twice. It is possible to rent sporting grounds and equipment in sports centers and go to tennis, windsurfing, diving and other sports schools. Rovinj offers several grounds for handball, futsal, basketball, handball, beach handball, a polyvalent hall and a covered tennis hall