Rovinj: Into Living History

Rovinj is a wonderful enigma. It has a typically Istrian appeal, becoming part of Yugoslavia and then the Republic of Croatia 32 years ago. On the other hand, Rovinj’s pet name is Little Venice, after having been ruled by the Venetians for centuries before.  

“There’s such a strong Venetian influence in Rovinj that you could easily be forgiven for forgetting where you are”, says Olivia Gibbons, Sovereign Luxury Travel’s Email Marketing Executive, who visited Rovinj last year. “When I stayed at the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, it felt like I was looking at the outside of Venice’s island. St. Euphemia’s bell tower that looms over the city was replicated to look like the campanile of St. Mark’s in Venice.”  

“You’ll find ancient buildings painted in bright colours that are situated close to each other along winding, cobblestone streets that feel very Italian, plus almost everyone speaks Italian as it’s on the school curriculum!”
Rovinj’s Old Town became a monument of culture in 1963 and, as you stroll the streets, you’ll be aware of the numerous chimneys poking out overhead as you stumble upon small piazzas. In the morning, you may come across a popular local market, teeming with fruits and vegetables, local wines, olive oil, honey, and souvenir nick-nacks.  

You can delve into the city’s living history with a visit to the Rovinj Heritage Museum, where you’ll find a wonderful collection of Italian art from the 15th century onwards, including works from the great Venetian Renaissance master Giovanni Bellini, and Baroque painter Nicolò Grassi. But you’ll also find works from modern Croatian artists here too.  

We then suggest you head to Grisia, an alleyway teeming with ateliers and galleries that dot the street all the way up the cascading steps to the Church of St. Euphemia. Take your time to browse the contemporary artistic treasures and handmade jewellery displayed on the old stone walls.
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Come late afternoon, we recommend you find a quiet spot for a relaxed drink with sunset sea views. While your gaze will most likely be on the exceptional, sparkling Adriatic Sea, the forested low hills around Rovinj offer a similarly beautiful backdrop. 

Venture into the shaded woodlands with a 35-minute walk from Rovinj to Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape) just moments from Lone Bay, where you’ll find a small cove and clear sea waters ideal for snorkelling.  

In the summer months, you can get away from the Old Town’s hustle and bustle by taking day trips by taxi boat to any of the 14 islands that make up the Rovinj archipelago. One great place is the twinned island of Crveni otok (the Red Island), with its secluded beaches, as well as an old family mansion and mausoleum. 
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Where to stay

Perfectly blended into the natural surroundings with its many terraces covered in greenery, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is an ideal place to enjoy your holiday in Rovinj. “The food at Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is delicious!”, adds Olivia. “It’s all locally-sourced, such as boškarin beef carpaccio, or pasta with handpicked porcini and truffles.”  

Alternatively, for an adults-only getaway, stay overlooking Lone Bay at Hotel Monte Mulini. Not only does it boast a spa over three floors, but there are also ample swimming pools, uninterrupted sea views, and a beach right in front of the hotel. 

Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Istrian Riviera
  • Located on the Lungomare Plaza promenade
  • Offers three spectacular swimming pools
  • Ideal for families and couples
Hotel Monte Mulini Rovinj, Istrian Riviera
  • Admire the picturesque Lone Bay and Sea
  • The beach is right in the front of the hotel
  • Exceptional rooms with a boutique feel
  • The spa is a sanctuary for rejuvenation
Hotel Lone Rovinj, Istrian Riviera
  • Expansive wellness and spa centre featuring professional masseuses and invigorating saunas
  • Family friendly hotel with large pool complexes and spacious guest rooms
  • Designed by top Croatian architects, the hotel combines culture and luxury

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