Rovinj: One of the most beautiful coastal town in Europe 

The little fisherman town of Rovinj, Croatia has been on our list since our visit to Split last summer. We covered the beautiful islands surrounding Split and one of the most beautiful National Parks- Plitvice Lakes National park. But due to short of time we couldn’t make it to Rovinj, which has been named as one of the most beautiful coastal towns.

If you’ve never heard of Rovinj, you might be wondering what’s so special about it. Well, let us just dig through its charm and you’ll love it.

Rovinj’s old town is without doubt the most impressive and charming part of town. The old town is situated by the sea, on a hilly peninsula, with the tower of St. Euphemia Church marking its highest point. Rovinj is very picturesque town. Apart from the smooth, shiny marble cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses, this part of Rovinj is renowned for its beautiful Venetian architecture and pedestrian streets full of art galleries and lively bars and restaurants.

It’s also located by the Adriatic Sea which makes it popular for swimming and tanning. The water is very clear and the cliffs serve as a great jumping spot and add a little drama to the scenery.

Rovinj is one of those towns where you will never feel bored. Its beauty is so inspiring; it makes you feel great even just to walk its narrow streets up and down.


Best time to visit Rovinj, Croatia

Best time to visit Rovinj is spring, fall, early and late summer. Rovinj is romantic and it is nice at any time of the year. But winters could be rainy, cold and lacking any activity. Whereas peak summer is hot, busy and crowded. For us, the perfect time to visit is in September. There is far less people, the sea is still warm and accommodation prices are more affordable.

Reasons to visit Rovinj Croatia

Harbor of Romance!

There are places you simply need to see in your life, and for us Rovinj was one of them. The old town evokes nostalgia, and it’s absolutely romantic. The only way to really understand it is to experience it.

Lovely restaurants

Out of all coastal towns in Istria, Rovinj has the best choice of restaurants. They not only prepare savory food, but they offer a stunning set with Adriatic Sea in the background.

Whether you decide to taste sublime cuisine of Monte or indulge in tasty creations of Barba Danilo, you simply can’t go wrong with restaurants in Rovinj.



Lovely seafront with rocky and pebbly beaches which stretch south of the old town, from the famed Lone Bay beach, through beaches of Golden Cape forest, across Punta Eva, all the way to neighboring Bale. The Lone Bay beach and Mulini Beach Club is open to public.

Also, the beach at Cape Kamenjak on Croatia’s Istrian coast, is a cult destination – a peninsula with pebbly bays and natural stone terraces.

In the middle of island Porer is a 35 meter high lighthouse named Lighthouse Porer, built in 1833 and maintained by the two lighthouse keepers. The island is 2.5 kilometers located from the mainland of Premantura. Porer represents a mystical beauty of the Adriatic Sea.

Where to Stay:

And last but not least, our visit to Rovinj was completed by staying at the super hip Lone hotel. This five-star design hotel is shaped like a luxurious ocean liner floating on a hillside.

Our choice: Hotel Lone – This is one of the best hotels in Istria.

We stayed in a spacious standard room with a gigantic balcony perfect to admire the sunset views after exploring Rovinj and Istria all day. This hotel is right on the water, and has a delicious breakfast. The hotel is 200 yards away from the sea and a 15-minute stroll from Rovinj’s centre. We were luck to get an amazing deal at and we really enjoyed this hotel. Book Today!

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How to reach:

As we found that the distance from Budapest to Rovinj was just 600 kms, we decided to drive and explore the surroundings by car.

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Rovinj was as beautiful as we had hoped, and with its romantic marble streets, charming medieval houses and tasty cuisine, Rovinj might just be one of my favorite towns in Istria.

Explore more around Rovinj:

  1. Plitvice Lakes National park, Verdant scenery and cascading waterfalls.
  2. Split, The glittering city with its constellation of islands.
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  1. September 8, 2017 / 11:59 am

    I´ve been to Croatia many times, but never in Rovinj. From what I could see from your pictures it´s a lovely town (like Croatian towns and villages usually are :))

    • September 8, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      Ohhh yes!!! But this town had some different charm in it:) you should totally visit here once!! 🙂

  2. September 8, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Croatia has been on my bucket list forever, but Rovinj was never on my radar, until now! What an extraordinary town with color and character – just what I love. Thank you!

    • September 8, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      We always try to explore places that are underrated !! This gives us the opportunity to explore the place and provide different perspective to it 🙂 I am happy that my post is influencing you to visit the Rovinj! Abd trust me you will LOVE it ❤️

  3. September 18, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Your post officially put Rovinj on my must see list!

    • September 18, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Wow!!! Thats a great news! Trust me you will love it 🙂

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