Pretty pebbled beaches, historic architecture and a thriving art scene make Rovinj in Croatia a fantastic holiday location for couples, culture seekers and families alike. As one of the last of the Mediterranean's true fishing ports, Rovinj wakes up to the sound of fishermen hauling their catch into the harbour. The old town, with its bustling atmosphere, is the perfect location to soak up the sun and experience a traditional seafood meal.
Things to do
Take a wander down the cobbled streets of Rovinj’s old town to browse the local arts and crafts. One of the most popular places to go in Rovinj is the famous Grisia street, which is home to a number of quirky galleries. To get a real feel for the city, explore its fishing traditions with a visit to the Batana House museum, before ending your day with an alfresco meal at one of the many small restaurants that line the coast. Fish and grilled meat dishes are a Croatian speciality. Be sure to try one of them before you leave.
Rovinj is better known as a city break destination, however if you do fancy taking time out and relaxing on a sun lounger there are a cluster of small shingle beaches dotted along the coastline providing an ideal place to unwind in the sunshine.
History and culture
Rovinj was originally a walled island, the walls were built to protect the city against attack, and some can still be seen throughout the old town. Rovinj grew dramatically in the 17th century as people fled to the city from the plague that affected neighbouring towns, Porec and Pula. Today the bustling city is famous for being the country’s cultural hub with a thriving art scene, historic architecture and lots of museums to explore.
The nightlife in Rovinj is a sophisticated affair with a large number of fine-dining restaurants, wine bars and live music venues. Head to the harbourside bars for a cocktail or two, and soak up the the lively atmosphere whilst enjoying views of the stunning coastline. For something more upbeat head to the Monvi Centre where you’ll find vibrant bars and clubs, including The Temple Super Club where go-go dancers and renowned DJs often play.