ROVINJ - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Rovinj

Rovinj is unquestionably the most picturesque of the medieval Venetian towns on the Adriatic. Every guide book features the colourful facades of the tightly packed houses that encircle this tiny peninsula with the cathedral of St Euphemia and its dominating 60 metre bell tower standing over the town. The harbour is tightly packed with local fishing boats and the cafes on the harbour front are the perfect place to relax.


As you walk up the narrow cobbled roadways between the old stone houses every corner brings another scene that seems perfectly composed for a photograph; a glimpse into an ancient courtyard or the subtle fading paintwork on wooden shutters. Around one corner a lively konoba (bistro); around another a gallery with local craftwork.


Rovinj Harbour
Rovinj Harbour
Rovinj
Rovinj

Rovinj has classy cocktail bars and smart restaurants overlooking the bay as well as simple pizzerias and bistros down side streets. From the harbour there are excursions and taxi boats to nearby islands, notably Red Island, that are ideal for a day swimming and relaxing. There are also many beaches to choose from on the mainland shore. The "Blue Flag" beaches of Valalta and Villas Rubin and the beach in Lone Bay are amongst the most popular.


Activities

In the vicinity of Rovinj there are opportunities for tennis, paintball and rock climbing. Climbing is organised at Zlatni Rt on the caost and inland near the ruined fortified medieval town of Digrad in the Lim valley. The Lim estuary (Limski Kanal) is another place for a relaxing swim with excellent restaurants beside the beach.


Other coastal towns

Within easy reach of Rovinj are other attractive coastal town such as Vrsar and Porec. The inland hilltop town of central Istria such as Motovun and Groznjan are a short drive and provide a relaxing contrast to the coast with scenic landscapes, stunning views and many excellent restaurants.


Getting there.

Rovinj is 40 km from Pula airport and 150 kilometres from Trieste airport in Italy. There are regular ferries from Venice to Rovinj making it an ideal destination to combine with a couple of days in Venice. But day trips to Venice are also possible.


Porec

Porec is one of the principal tourist centres on the Istria coast. The town has a long history. Porec was an important Roman army base in the second century AD (the Roman name was Parentium). Today the old town has elements originating from its Roman and later Venetian history. The most notable building is the Episcopal Complex of the Basilica of Euphrasius dating from the 6th century, an important example of early Byzantine architecture and the earliest example of a triple apsed church in Western Europe.


Porec old town
Porec old town

In the summer Porec is a busy tourist centre with an abundance of restaurants, cafes and hotels around the centre and along the coast, a selection of beaches and a wide range of activities and entertainments for all age groups close at hand. These activities include waterparks, cable water skiing and wake boarding, cycle routes (including level tracks along the sea shore), kayak and jet ski hire, banana boat rides, Dino park (an amusement park for kids with rides and life size model dinosaurs), Barendine cave and the Parenzana electric train.


Getting there : Pula airport is 55 Kilometres (40 minute drive) and Trieste airport in Italy is 126 km (2 hours drive). There is a ferry service from Venice so a holiday in Porec can be combined with a short stay or a day trip to Venice.


Fazana

A historic and picturesque centre, beaches, water sports restaurants and bars all within easy reach. Fazana villas are ideal for families wanting a destination that can offer something for all age groups.


Fazana is a gorgeous small town, full of colour and life and rich in history. There are numerous cafes and restaurants along its busy sea front looking out over the colourful array of small boats in the harbour. From here you can take a boat trip to the idyllic Brioni islands, once the summer home of Yugoslavia's President Tito. Fazana's history extends back 2000 years as it was an important economic centre in Roman times. The town is the perfect holiday destination as not only can you enjoy the picturesque centre of the old town but along the coast there are a series of excellent beaches. Villas in Fazana have the best of both worlds. You can walk from your villa to the centre of town for an evening out and are also just a few metres from the beaches where beach bars provide refreshment and, for thrill seekers, a range of water sports such as jet skis and paragliding are available.


Fazana harbour
Fazana harbour
Beach and coastal path in Fazana
Beach and coastal path in Fazana

Fazana is 8 kilometres from the centre of Pula with its museums and fine Roman amphitheatre, busy shopping streets and vibrant night life. Pula airport is just 13 kilometres distant so just a short taxi ride away.


One of the more unusual activities available in Fazana are the free course offered by the Small Fishing Academy Pilchard. Here you will learn all about fishing in the traditional way and have the opportunity to row a traditional Fazana fishing boat (batana).


Zminj

Frescoes, delicious cheese, history, wellbeing.


Zminj is a small town (700 people) and is a lovely old place in the centre of Istria, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, orchards and flower meadows. A citadel with four towers and a fountain date from 15th century. The window sills of the old stone houses are filled with red geraniums and the village squares with shady archways hide an odd wine bar and a good restaurant. The patron saint of Zminj is St. Barrtholomew, in whose honour the town folk prepare a fantastic end of summer fete. You will find its tiny church immediately at the town gates. A special thing about Zminj are its further three small churches, all filled with precious frescoes from 15th century. An old Croatian dialect is spoken in Zminj and poets come to read their poetry, musicians come to play their accordions.


You will enjoy so much authentic local atmosphere and delicious food, from several excellent restaurants serving home made noodles, gnocchi, ravioli and some other local shapes known as fusi and pljukanci (delicious, you must try). The heart of pasta country, Zminj even has its own festival of pasta in the first week in July. Along the fantastic fresh food a special treat has been prepared for children who can attend their own pasta workshop. A local farming family has specialised in making dairy products. Cheese lovers can visit their award winning Latus farm for aged and young cheeses and a talk about how they are made. Plates of grilled cheese, air dried ham, olive oil and corn bread are on the menu.


Beaches are 20 min drive away and plenty of hiking and biking trails are nearby. There is a cave which will keep you occupied and has interesting formations made of limestone.


The magical towns of Porec, Pula and Rovinj are a short trip away. For a special day out, visit the famous hilltop towns Motovun (great views and film festival), Groznjan (music, wine bars), Oprtalj (truffles) and Momjan (wineries, restaurants) ...endless possibilities.



Our Villas in Rovinj


Villa Zafferano
Villa Zafferano Six bedroom, four bathroom, air-conditioned luxury villa with pool, 10km from the beautiful town of Rovinj. Easy reach of beaches and all the amenities of sophisticated Rovinj.
Villa Cara
Villa Cara A luxury, four bedroom, four bathroom air-conditioned villa in a beautiful, large and secluded garden with a magnificent pool, a summer house and a gym. Broadband internet. Great privacy. Pet friendly. Boat mooring half a mile away.
Villa Cherry Tree
Villa Cherry Tree A charming three bedroom, two bathroom bungalow with swimming pool, garden, BBQ, outdoor dining and parking. Partially air-conditioned.
Villa Grizia
Villa Grizia A five bedroom, four bathroom modern villa located near to Rovinj. Fully air-conditioned, WiFi, swimming pool, table tennis, pool table and BBQ.


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