Situated on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year.
Rovinj manages to combine, in a very interesting way, its rich tradition with the modern times. As it is also an active fishing port, you can experience the atmosphere of a small fishing village, especially during the popular fishermen’s festivities or at one of the traditional taverns called Spacio. On the other hand, the town has been developing an exquisite gastronomy and offers a high standard of tourist services in general.


1. Rovinj is very gay friendly with gay friendly beaches.

2. Rovinj is one of the Croatian cities with the most luxurious hotels and accommodations

3. Surrounded by 22 islands and islets, Rovinj can be found on the southwestern coast of the Istrian peninsula.

4. Historical records suggest that Rovinj has been inhabited since the prehistoric period and continued to grow through the Bronze and Iron Ages. This was during the peak of the Histrian tribe, who resided in Istria.

5. The whole city holds tight to its past and no part more than the old town, with its narrow streets, squares and stone houses. Through the ages Rovinj has been under rule of a number of different countries, from the Austrians in the 19thcentury, to the Italians in the 20th Century.

6. Just a 20 minute walk from the centre of Rovinj is the Golden Cape Forest Park. The nature park is ideal for anyone wanting to spend the day hiking, cycling, swimming or even rock climbing. There area is yours to be discovered.

7. Rovinj is at the centre of an area known for being the world’s leading producers in olive oil, wine and truffles. Within the city you will find chic cafés, luxurious restaurants and food markets, all serving up the finest local cuisine.

8. The inhabitants of Rovinj speak a very specific language, one you can’t really call a dialect, as everyone seems to have his/her own version of verbal communication. A sentence is often begun in Italian, continued in Istrian dialect and finished in Croatian. In-between, there is the occasional German word. Officially, as the whole of the Istran peninsula, Rovinj is bilingual and the languages spoken are Croatian and Italian. Unfortunately, the Rovinj specific dialect has found a place in the UNESCO “Red Book of Seriously Endangered Languages”.


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