Posted by: Debra Kolkka | April 10, 2017

Rovinj, Croatia

Our next stop after Pula in Croatia was Rovinj. The 3rd century town looks stunning from a distance. It sits on a headland off the coast of the Istrian Peninsular. The majestic church of St Euphemia with its towering steeple keeps watch from the highest part of the town.

Rovinj has had a chequered past. It was a settlement of Illyrian tribes before being captured by Romans. The town’s rule changed many times before becoming part of the Austrian Empire before WWI. It then belonged to the Kingdom of Italy from 1918-1947 when it was ceded to SFR Yugoslavia, as part of SF Croatia. The name Rovigno was changed to Rovinj. After WWII many Italians left the town.

The town was an island until 1763 when the channel that separated it from the mainland was filled in.

The headland is not very big and there is a car park well situated at the edge of town. From there it is just a short walk to the centre. Our very nice accommodation, Zig Zag Apartment was close to the car park.

The port area is delightful and there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from. The square beside the water has a 12th century tower which has been added to many times. The clock with its Venetian lion dates from the mid 19th century.

I particularly liked the little fisherman fountain. It is not particularly old. It was erected in 1959 to celebrate the final arrival of the government funded water system.

We wandered around the harbour before heading through one of the old gates to the town up the snaggle of narrow cobble stone streets to St Euphemia.

The Baroque church was built in 1736 over the remains of older early Christian structures. The current facade dates from 1883.

The bell tower resembles the tower of  St Mark’s in Venice and was built between 1754-1680.

St Euphemia serves as a weather vane on top of the 60 metre tower.

The interior is elegant and boasts a statue of St George and the dragon and the new Saint Theresa.

We stopped for lunch on the way back down the hill where we had some delicious local salami and cheese with truffles.

We took a boat trip around the coast. There are lots of tiny islands scattered along the coastline…what a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Rovinj looks stunning from any angle.


The coastline is rugged, beautiful and the sea is sparking blue. There were even a couple of early sunbathers.

Later in the evening we walked around the edge of town and found some more lovely streets, old entrances and sunbathing platforms.

We discovered a gorgeous restaurant with views over the rocky edge. I can imagine that the area is packed with people in summer.

The food and the views were excellent.

There was a gorgeous sunset.

It was raining as we left Rovinj, but it looked beautiful even when wet.

Rovinj is a stunning place.


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    • Rovinj is lovely, you must visit.


  4. such a nice town

    • It is very pretty. I can imagine that it is popular in summer.

      • I went in December about 15 years ago

  5. What a beautiful place.

    • The town is stunning. Even early in the season there were plenty of people there.

  6. What a fascinating, if turbulent, history and what a lovely place. Is that far from Pula? I must say your meals did look really good – I admire your dogged dedication to research:)

    • It is only a 40 minute drive from Pula. The food was excellent.

  7. A wonderful place!

    • It is a beautiful town. We delighted to spend some time there.

  8. What a great part of the world. I loved Croatia but didn’t go to Rovinj Thanks for such a great post- wish I had visited there too.

    • Next time you visit Croatia you should include Rovinj.

  9. This looks like a beautiful town Debra. I would love to go to Croatia. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews so interested in hearing where else you went and what you thought.

    • We only went to Pula and Rovinj on this trip we will go further south next time.

      • Will wait to read about it when you do!

  10. Can you ever sit still Debra ?

    • Do you think I should?

  11. And so colourful – i don’t know why but I don’t think of colour when i think of croatia.

    • I didn’t really know what to expect. Rovinj is lovely and quite busy early in the season.

  12. I would never know these places existed without your blog. Thanks.

    • We are now on Elba…another great place.

  13. Rovinj looks a lovely place – thanks for the v ritual walk around, much appreciated!

  14. That was meant to say virtual….

    • I got that. Don’t you hate spellcheck sometimes?

      • Well, this time it was my clumsy fingers!

  15. How beautiful this place is!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Love from

    • It is a lovely town, we enjoyed our stay there.

  16. It seems so Italian!

    • It was Italian for some time.

  17. That is just stunning! It reminds me of Italy in some of the photos.

    • It was part of Italy for some time so that is understandable.

  18. Now that looks like a great place to visit! How do you pronounce Rovinj?

    • When it was Italian it was Rovigno, so I’m sticking with that.

  19. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go. Thank you for making it look so beautiful. 🙂 🙂

  20. Such an interesting and very beautiful place. Rovinj does have that Italian feel about it. Your photos are wonderful.

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