On an egg-shaped peninsula with a tight huddle of pastel-coloured town houses reflected in the surrounding water like a watercolour painting, the Venetian-built town of Rovinj is outrageously beautiful. This is Istria’s chicest resort – an Italianate town of winding cobblestone alleyways, polished-stone piazzas and Venetian buildings with peeling wooden shutters.
Rovinj holidays hold plenty in store for gastronomy fans, who will adore its rustic trattorias and candle-lit, Michelin-starred restaurant. The gelato is some of the best you’ll find outside of Italy, so be sure to indulge in a scoop or two as you wander the town’s meandering backstreets. Boutique craft shops are hidden in alleyways, perfect for snagging a classy souvenir to take home, and a clutch of cool cafés and bars keep visitors topped up with coffee and cocktails. You can’t mention Rovinj without bringing up its beaches, which are wild, windswept and gorgeous. Whatever you’re looking for, holidays to Rovinj promise summer sun and a dose of exclusive Croatian lifestyle.
Rovinj boasts a modest archipelago of islands – the nearest being Katarina Island and Crveni Otok (Red Island). They make pleasant and memorable getaways from the crowds.
Savour the seafood
Istrian gastronomy is starting to get the recognition that it deserves. As you’re on the coast, it’s worth indulging in classic Istrian dishes containing fantastically fresh seafood.
Wander the streets
Rovinj’s greatest assets are its pedestrianised centre and lattice of cobblestone streets. Once you’ve taken in the centre and the harbour, stroll to the wooded cape of Zlatni Rt.