“If a beauty contest were held among Croatia’s coastal resorts, then Rovinj would win every time.”
ABTA magazine, July 2008.
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Rovinj, the “Blue Pearl of the Adriatic”, is one of the most picturesque towns in the Mediterranean and is located in Istria, the most northern and popular part of Croatia. Part of the Venetian Empire for over 500 years, the old town is perched on a pear-shaped peninsula high up on a hill, crowded with Venetian terracotta-roofed houses and crowned by the 18th century Church of St Euphemia, whose bell tower dominates Rovinj's skyline.
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|Ana Apartments||Miroslava Krleze 12.||APARTMENT||74|
|Apartmani Celestina||Brace Pesel, 5||Apartment||87|
|App. Garbin||Tommaso Quarantaotto 2||APARTMENT||81|
|Hotel Katarina||Otok Katarina bb St Katerina's Island||hotel||-|
|Park Hotel Rovinj||I.M. Ronjgova bb||HOTEL||-|
|Koberac Guesthouse||Edmondo de Amicis 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rooms Montalbano||Montalbano 14||Guesthouse||85|
|Vila Lili - Rovinj||A. Mohorovicica 16||Hotel||-|
|Villa Valdibora-Rovinj||Silvano Chiurco 8||Hotel||-|
|Rovinj Old Town||Zdenac 11||APARTMENT||-|
|Rovinj Apartment Sea View||Labinske Republike 8||APARTMENT||-|
|Residence Porta Antica||Vrata pod zidom 1, 52210 Rovinj-Rovigno||APARTMENT||-|
|Residence La Carera||Carera 31||APARTMENT||-|
|Residence Marco Polo||Iza kasarne 3||APARTMENT||-|
|Valdaliso Hotel||Monsena bb||HOTEL||-|
|Casa Galant||Prkačini 9, Žminj||APARTMENT||-|
There are a few camping sites available as well.
Internet cafés are available in all major cities. They are relatively cheap and reliable. A free Wi-Fi signal can be found virtually in every city and can be found in cafés, restaurants, hotels, some libraries, schools, colleges etc. Mostly it's free, but sometimes a fee is required or you can use it for a limited time only. Internet connections with unlimited downloads costs 178 kn (€24) per month via T-Com and just 99 kn with some other providers like Metronet or Iskon.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Croatia is: 385. To make an international call from Croatia, the code is: 00.
Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile (also operates the Bonbon prepaid brand), Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the country's area is covered. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for 20 kn. There have been promotions in which SIM cards were given avay for free with newspapers (7 kn) and sometimes even literally handed out on the street. GSM phones bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in post offices, grocery stores and kiosks at varying prices.
An alternative to using a mobile phone is Calling Cards which can be found in postal offices and kiosks, there are two providers, Dencall and Hitme. You can buy cards from 25 kn.
Hrvatska Posta is the national postal service of Croatia and has pretty fast and reliable service throughout the country and internationally. It takes several days by airmail to other countries in Europe, but over a week to the US for example. They have a direct link to the pricelist, where you can see the prices of sending postcards, letters and parcels both domestically as well as to other countries. Post boxes are yellow in Croatia and the times of collections are indicated on the box. The opening times of post offices vary, but mostly they are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and until 2:00pm on Saturdays, though some might keep shorter or even a longer hours, just ask around. You can buy stamps here, or at newsstands. Prices start at around 10Kn for sending a letter or postcard to neighbouring countries, a few more further away. If you want to send packages internationally, it might be better to check companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS. They are reliable, fast and usually not much more expensive than Croatia's postal service.
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