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Istria is a peninsula in the Adriatic, in the northwest of Croatia. Its area is 2,820 km2, its coast starting in the northwest with the Gulf of Trieste, between Italy and Croatia, up to Cape Kamenjak, in the extreme south of the peninsula. Rovinj lying on this coast, south-east of Umag and Novigrad, north-west of Pula. Built on a rocky outcrop on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj (Rovigno in Italian), located southeast of Novigrad and Porec, and north-west of the Brijuni National Park, was an island, before 'to be connected to the Continent, in 1763. It is a bilingual Croatian / Italian commune, it is called "Little Croatian Venice".


Legend has it that Rovinj was founded by the inhabitants of a sunken city called Cissa. An underwater exploration in 1890 would have even confirmed this legend. Occupied in the 4th century by the Huns, the Ostroghos and the Byzantines, before the arrival of the Slavs in the 7th century, Rovinj took place from 1283 under the protection of Venice, piracy developing in this region of the Adriatic. In the 16th century, the Dalmatians arrived in droves to flee the Turks. Rovinj became, thanks to the many quarries of the region, the first supplier of building stones in Venice and the richest city in Istria from the 18th century to the second half of the 19th century. Its current development is due to tourism. Overlooking buildings from medieval to baroque, we discover the cathedral St. Euphemia, built in the 8th century, on the ruins of a Romanesque church, before being remodeled in 1736, in the Baroque style. Inside, a marble sarcophagus contains the relics of the Saint, while the building is surmounted by a campanile, which, with its 63 m, is the highest in Istria, built in 26 years of construction, on the model of the one located on St. Mark's Square in Venice. At its summit, culminates a statue-vane of Ste.-Euphémie, holding a palm and a wheel; symbols of his martyrdom. In addition, three of the seven gates of the city remain, including the one called Balbi Arch, built in 1680, in Baroque style, decorated with a "Turk's head" surmounted by a "Venetian lion", memories of Ottoman domination and Venetian. Admire its baroque town hall, its 18th century Franciscan monastery with a rich library, its 19th century theater and several chapels, its 18th century palace housing the city's museum or the particular architecture of its old town where, for lack of space, the narrow houses nudge, even spanning the alleys.

Rovinj: What to do / What to see?
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Indulgence and fun

Istria is famous for its "fuzi", typical Istrian pasta, usually served with a truffle and "prosciutto" sauce, all restaurateurs agree that this blend of flavors brings out all the intensity truffle. Istrian ham is very popular, it is a specialty dried "bora" (cold wind). Also his "buzaras" of seafood, based on white wine, garlic, olive oil and parsley, his langoustine stews with tomato sauce, his "manestra"; a soup consisting of a mixture of potatoes, beans, corn, cabbage and fennel. As for the desserts, discover its "cukeranicici", traditional pastries that we accompany, a muscat wine with a perfume and a semi-dry bouquet.

Sports and recreation

Thanks to the mild climate, hiking and cycling are possible throughout the year, as well as the practice of tennis and beach volleyball, not to mention the opportunity to indulge in the joys of all sports nautical; from swimming to sailing, including windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, water skiing. Rovijn is located on the coast of Istria, 15 minutes walk from its center there is the Lone Bay beach covered with gravel. We can rent pedal boats and windsurfers there and for those who want a little more privacy, enjoy the calm of the nearby coves.