Venetian architecture and Croatian charm
Picture-postcard Rovinj is considered one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic Coast. Its cobbled streets weave between boutique stores and intimate restaurants, leading up to the impressive church of St. Euphemia, perched on the highest point of the town.
Boats zip in and out of the busy harbour, hauling in fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea. You'll find seafood appearing on most restaurant menus here, whether it's grilled, baked or stirred through a pasta or risotto dish (the cuisine tends to take its cue from neighbouring Italy). To the south of the harbour is the protected forest of Zlatni Rt – the paths are spot on for cyclists and lead to a chain of pebbly beaches and rocky coves.
Flights from the UK to Pula airport on the Istrian Riviera take around 2 hours 10 minutes.
Transfer time from Pula airport to Rovinj is approximately 40 minutes.
July and August are the hottest months (temperatures can reach into the mid-30s) and attract the most visitors. June, September and October are great months to visit, as crowds are smaller but the weather still tends to be warm and dry (spot on for sightseeing).
Tipping is becoming more commonplace in Croatia, especially in more upmarket establishments where around 10% has become the norm. In bars and more casual restaurants, just leave the coins in your change. At your hotel, tip porters and maids 15 kuna or so. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, but it’s a nice gesture to round up the fare.
The official language of Croatia is Croatian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.