One of the most 'photogenic' towns in the Mediterranean, once a fishing town, today is a tourist resort. At a distance of some 40 kilometres from Pula, Rovinj-Rovigno has long been known as the town with favourable and beneficial climatic features. So, today its people are still proud of this long tradition and 'fight' for the title of 'healthy town'... The rest is nature’s work. The entire coastline, with its twenty-two islands is an area of protected natural heritage.
Feel the enchantment of the town in its narrow medieval streets and warm Mediterranean setting. The main Church of St. Euphemia keeps relics of the saint and presents one of the most beautiful Baroque achievements in Istria. From the church plateau there is a wonderful view of the open sea and numerous islets in the distance. A visit to the Rovinj-Rovigno Town Museum and the town’s many galleries will complete your cultural experience.
Its surroundings offer immense possibilities for recreation: biking, horseback riding, jogging. But, owing to the sea and what it has to offer, ranging from sailing to discovering the underwater world, its therapeutic properties, today Rovinj-Rovigno is the destination for tourists from all over the world.
The limited space led to the construction of narrow buildings, streets and small town squares.
Located in a Baroque building in the town centre, it containes an exhibition of modern art as well as various permanent collections.
By the 7th century AD, Rovinj was already surrounded by town walls, and later strengthened by the construction of towers. The old town had seven gates, while three still exist today: the Saint Benedict Gate, the Portico and the Holy Cross Gate. A baroque archway called "Balbijev luk", which today serves as the entrance into the old town, was built on the site of the former outer gate in the 17th century.
The Aquarium is a part of the Sea Research Centre of the Institute "Ruder Bošković". The aquarium has been operating more than 100 years and it is one of the oldest in the world.
In this institution visitors can admire all the wealth of the colorful underwater world of the Adriatic seabed.
The church is a most imposing structure which bears the name of the patron saint of the town. At the top of the sixty metre high bell tower stands the copper statue of St.Euphemia, which shows the direction of the wind by turning on a spindle.
The castle was originally a Benedictine Monastery established in the 6th century AD. In the 15th century the Franciscan order added extensions and it was again refurbished at the end of the 19th century by Baron Hütterodt.
The Franciscan Monastery and the church were built at the beginning of the 18th century. This interesting building built entirely in the Baroque style, contains a rich library and a fascinating museum of sacral artifacts.
The baptismal font of the Holy Spirit has been constructed in a heptagonal shape and is the oldest relic situated in the Rovinj's Lokva Square. The 13th century Romanesque church which houses the font is also interesting because of the detailed carvings of the transenna depicting scenes of Golgotha.
This flooded karstic canyon, which has been declared "a special maritime reserve" and "an area of outstanding natural beauty", is a testimony to the climate changes and geological evolution of Istria.
Dvigrad is a medieval town abandoned in the 17th century, and only its ruins remain, of which the most impressive ones are those of the church of St. Sofia. Dvigrad is situated 23 kilometres from Rovinj.
The Palud marsh is a "special ornithological reserve." Its brackish water and lush vegetation attract many bird species, either for nesting or as a stop-over on the way to other destinations. The Dvije Sestrice (Two Sisters) islands are a nesting site for seagulls. Because of its thick holm oak forest, the Gustinja cape is regarded as "a forest vegetation reserve."