Guide of ROVINJ
Rovinj is a city situated along Croatia’s Adriatic coast. It is a typical Mediterranean fishing town with a population of around 14,000. It lies right on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula and is a popular tourist resort during the summer. The town is officially bilingual, the population speaks both Italian and Croatian, and hence the city has two official names, Rovinj and Rovigno in Italian.
A brief history of Rovinj
Initially inhabited by Venetian or Illyrian tribes, it became a Roman settlement called Arupinium or Mons Rubineus, then later Ruginium and Ruvinium. The city was part of the Byzantine Empire and between 1283 and in 1797 Rovinj became governed by the Republic of Venice. In this period Rovinj became one of the most important towns in Istria. The Venetians built up the fort around the city and installed three city gates. Originally situated on an island just off the coast, the town became connected to the mainland after they filled the channel separating it 1763.
After the fall of the Venetian Empire, Rovinj became part of the Austrian Empire, which lasted until World War I. Then during the war, Rovinj became part of the kingdom of Italy (1918 to 1947). But after the war, many Italians left the area. In 1991 Croatia gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, and since then, the city has built up its tourist industry and thrives during the summer.
Things to do in Rovinj
The Church of St. Euphemia is worth visiting, it was built in 1736 and dominated the town from its hilltop position. It is the largest baroque building in the region, and there the impressive marble tomb of St Euphemia lies inside. The Punte Corrente Forest park is a great place for nature lovers; you can get to it on foot by walking down the waterfront. It features Oak and Pine trees, with around ten species of Cypress. The park was established in 1890 by an Austrian baron who had a villa here. While in the park, it is possible to access the sea from the rocks at your own risk. If you fancy a day trip then why not visit the little island of Koversada, it lies about a 45-minute drive north of Rovinj and is very tranquil. The sea around the island is perfect for bathing, and there is a campsite if you want to spend the night.
Beaches around Rovinj
Mulini is a human-made shingle beach close to the city centre with sunbeds for rent and restaurants nearby. The forest park features Zlatni beach, where the water is crystalline and perfect for snorkelling. Porton Biodi is suitable for families, and it features a campsite along with numerous bars and restaurants.