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Rovinj, Croatia

Istria Riviera

Italian influences and lush surroundings

The Istria peninsula is situated on the north western part of Croatia and borders Slovenia with a maritime border with Italy. This beautiful region displays a strong Italian influence and is filled with pretty hilltop towns and verdant vegetation.

Porec is the most popular holiday resort in Istria with two main bays south of the town. Stroll through the streets and you’ll appreciate the Venetian style architecture, old town houses and pretty piazzas. The highlight of sightseeing here is the marvellous Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it’s amazing Byzantine mosaics.

Rovinj also has some stunning Venetian architecture to see. This is a popular destination for couples and families alike as it has sand and shingle beaches, shallow waters, a good choice of watersports, wonderful views over the Adriatic Ocean and a good choice of restaurants serving everything from fresh local cuisine to international favourites.

Pula, the capital of Istria, lies on its southern tip and boasts lovely beaches, fantastic eateries an impressive Roman ruins. The spectacular Roman amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world. It still functions today as an outdoor concert hall with various music, theatre and other entertainment events taking place during the summer. History buffs will also appreciate the Roman Forum in the centre of town and Hercules Gate which dates from the mid first century.

The Brijuni Group of islands, near Pula, are an ideal choice for a day trip. These fourteen small islands are separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the Fazana Strait. There’s plenty to explore on foot or you can rent a bike, scooter or golf cart if you prefer. Attractions include a National Park, museum, botanical gardens and churches.

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Key Highlights
  • The culture and lifestyle here is heavily influenced by neighbouring Italy
  • This area is popular with both couples and families
  • See the Byzantine mosaics at the Basilica in Porec
  • Rovinj has winding streets, a lovely old town and beaches ideal for a spot of relaxation
  • Climb the hill up to Rovinj’s Cathedral of St Euphemia and take in sweeping views over the coast
  • The Roman amphitheatre at Pula is most impressive
  • The clear Istria waters are popular with scuba divers and snorkellers
  • Take a day trip to the Brijuni Group of islands
  • Although there is a decent bus service, we would recommend hiring a car if you really want to explore
  • Twin-centre holidays can be arranged – please contact us for details
  • We recommend Hotel Monte Mulini as a top-class hotel in Rovinj

Travel Information

Flights from London to Pula Airport take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

Time Difference: GMT +1 hour

Currency: Croatian Kuna

Climate Information

Temperatures are generally slightly lower here than the rest of Croatia but the Mediterranean climate means you will still enjoy many hours of sunshine, making this an ideal summer destination.

Leisure & Activities

Roman Amphitheatre
An absolutely stunning Roman amphitheatre can be seen in Pula on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. These ancient ruins are very well preserved and make for an interesting days sightseeing.

A pretty town with a lovely Old Town to explore. An ideal place for a romantic stroll before enjoying a leisurely meal and a drink while the sun sets.

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