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Rovinj's draw is three-fold. First, there’s the architecture. The Old Town is dominated by the Church of St. Euphemia, the largest Baroque church in Istria, and the narrow streets around it shelter a surfeit of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical buildings. Another attraction is the fact that Rovinj remains a working fishing port – one of the very few left on the Adriatic – and fisher folk can be seen offloading their catch in the morning and mending nets and performing other boat-related chores by day. Still another reason to visit Rovinj is the archipelago just offshore, which counts over a dozen very green islands. They offer ...

Rovinj's draw is three-fold. First, there’s the architecture. The Old Town is dominated by the Church of St. Euphemia, the largest Baroque church in Istria, and the narrow streets around it shelter a surfeit of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical buildings. Another attraction is the fact that Rovinj remains a working fishing port – one of the very few left on the Adriatic – and fisher folk can be seen offloading their catch in the morning and mending nets and performing other boat-related chores by day. Still another reason to visit Rovinj is the archipelago just offshore, which counts over a dozen very green islands. They offer lots of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. But perhaps the best way to appreciate Rovinj’s architecture and delightful islands is from the water itself. A number of companies offer panoramic cruises around the archipelago and some go farther afield, with trips to Brijuni (Brioni) and even to Venice. And for those who really want to see the water up close, there are sea kayak trips through the islands as well.

Steve Fallon
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Steve Fallon has more than two dozen years of experience as a travel writer and guidebook author, having written or contributed to some 80 Lonely Planet and other guides.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northern Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea
  • Language: Croatian, Italian, Istriot (old Romance language)
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    June is ideal as the weather is fine and the full season (July and August) is still a ways off. May and September are good too but cooler.