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Rovinj

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“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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Introduction

View of Rovinj on our way out of town

View of Rovinj on our way out of town

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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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Sights and Activities

Rovinj

Rovinj

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  • St. Euphemia's Church;
  • The clock tower with St. Mark's lion;
  • Franciscan Monastery;
  • Rovinj Heritage Museum;
  • The Batana Museum House (the typical small boat);
  • Protected natural landscapes (all 22 islands and coast).

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Getting There

By Plane

Rovinj doesn't have its own airport, but the airport near Pula, Rijeka and Trieste are all not far away.

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Eat

One of the most famous restaurants in town is the Wine Vault Restaurant , featuring modern French cuisine and the widest selection of wines in Croatia.
Some of the nicest restaurants include:

  • Neptun restaurant;
  • Puntolina;
  • Sidro;
  • Santa Croce..

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ana ApartmentsMiroslava Krleze 12.APARTMENT95
Apartmani CelestinaBrace Pesel, 5Apartment92
App. GarbinTommaso Quarantaotto 2APARTMENT89
Hotel KatarinaOtok Katarina bb St Katerina's Islandhotel-
Park Hotel RovinjI.M. Ronjgova bbHOTEL-
Koberac GuesthouseEdmondo de Amicis 2GUESTHOUSE-
Rooms MontalbanoMontalbano 14Guesthouse88
Vila Lili - RovinjA. Mohorovicica 16Hotel89
Villa Valdibora-RovinjSilvano Chiurco 8Hotel-
Rovinj Old TownZdenac 11APARTMENT-
Rovinj Apartment Sea ViewLabinske Republike 8APARTMENT-
Residence Porta AnticaVrata pod zidom 1, 52210 Rovinj-RovignoAPARTMENT-
Residence La CareraCarera 31APARTMENT-
Residence Marco PoloIza kasarne 3APARTMENT-
Valdaliso HotelMonsena bbHOTEL-
Casa GalantPrkačini 9, ŽminjAPARTMENT-

There are a few camping sites available as well.

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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