Rovinj, Croatia is a gorgeous little town on the Adriatic Sea. The scenic beauty of this tiny peninsula is truly astounding. The rich blue sky, the crystal clear water, the vivid green foliage, the iron-red soil, the warm golden tones of the limestone are each distinct and eye-popping.
Perhaps even more impressive is Rovinj’s history. It has been in existence since before the Romans arrived. Over it’s long history it’s been part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Frankish Empire, fell under Venetian rule, then the Austrian Empire, was part of Italy, then Yugoslavia, and then eventually became part of Croatia. Wow!
Our visit took place in October and November and it could not have been a better time. The Mediterranean climate made for mostly warm, sunny days and being there off-season made for low rental prices and a quiet, idyllic, village populated with locals simply living their lives.
We were told by several locals that Rovinj is completely overrun with tourists during the summer. In fact, our apartment landlord told us that his family had moved out of the Old Town, because the summer crowds made it impossible to go about their daily business. When you consider that this tiny town only has a permanent population of about 14,000 you can see how an influx of tourists could be overwhelming.
Rovinj is part of the larger heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula, which frequently inspires comparisons with Italy’s Tuscany region. Its absolutely worth renting a car, taking a boat, or riding a bike to explore the area. Islands, beaches, vineyards, olive groves, archaeological sites… You will not be disappointed.
Although, Rovinj itself doesn’t have many tourist attractions, its beauty, charm, history and food are reason enough to visit. And, with an average of 2,338 sunny hours per year, there will be plenty of opportunity to be outside and absorb your surroundings. We frequently entertained ourselves by exploring Rovinj’s winding cobbled streets, most of which are of the beautiful limestone that can be found everywhere. We had countless picnics overlooking the Adriatic and bike rides along the coast that are the stuff of daydreams.
We are in love with Rovinj… and Istria… and Croatia.