Rovinj (www.rovinj.hr) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Its old town dominates a small hill, a peninsula, with the Church of St. Euphemia and its bell tower in the centre.

RovinjAccording to documents dated from the 7th century, a fortress stood at the place of the today’s old town. From the 13rd century Rovinj was ruled by the Republic of Venice and its port significantly traded. The inner part of the peninsula belonged to the Habsburgs so the town stood in the confrontation zone of two big powers for centuries. Rovinj lost its trade advantage after 1917 when the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy declared Triest and Rijeka free ports.

Getting here & around

By car
Zagreb (A1, then A6 from Bosiljevo) – Rijeka (A7 then A8 from Matulji) through Učka tunnel (30 Kn tunnel fee) – Kanfanar (Istrian Y) – Rovinj.
Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Rijeka       70 Kn

                      Rijeka – Kanfanar    40 Kn (including tunnel fee)

Finding a parking place may be difficult around the old town and the port. In the 1st zone the first 30 min. costs 1 Kn, then 3 Kn/30 min. In the 2nd zone 2 Kn/hour. When the car is towed away, expect 80 Kn as a fine.

By bus
The main bus station is located at Trg na lokvi square.

Tourist information

The tourist office is situated on the coast.

Pina Budicina 12.
Tel: +385 52 81 15 66, 81 34 69

e-mail: tzgrovinj@tzgrovinj.hr

internet: www.tzgrovinj.hr

Church of St. Euphemia

Rovinj's iconic landmark can be reached by climbing the winding streets of the old town. (The shortest version from Trg Maršala Tita is walking along Ulica Grisia (branches from Ulica Casale). Standing on the site of former churches, today's baroque church was completed in 1736. On the top of its 60 meter high campanile the copper statue of St. Euphemia revolves in the wind.

Rovinj katedrális

According to the legend, in the 9th century a stone sarcophagus drifted in from the sea. The sarcophagus covered the body of the Christian martyr, St. Euphemia. Her coffin attracted so many pilgrims that the previous churches proved to be too small. The saint’s sarchophagus can now be found in the right chapel.

If you visit Rovinj in off-season, the church may be closed. But the superb view from the top over the sea and the rooftops of Rovinj is well worth the walk.






Old town

In the 7th century the old town was surrounded by walls. Of the seven gates only three remained today: the Saint Benedict Gate, the Portico and the Holy Cross Gate. The Baroque archway „Balbijev luk”, that today connects Trg Maršala Tito with the old town, was erected in the 17th century on the site of a former gate. On the arch a relief of a Turkish and a Venetian head can be seen. Next to the sea-shore, at Trg Valdibora square you find a market where fruits, figs and huge mushrooms adorn the stands. The fish market is right behind the fruit market, and is best visited in the early morning. 

Town Museum

Trg Matteotti 13.
Opening hours:

In the summer (15 Jun- 17 Sep): Tue-Sun 9.00–14.00 and 19.00-22.00 Closed on Monday.

In the winter: Tue-Sat 10.00 - 13.00. 

Tickets: 15 Kn (child 10 Kn)

Built in the 17th and 18th centuries, the baroque Califfi Palace houses the museum. Its permanent exhibition displays an archeological collection, medieval ceramics, sculptures and ancient books. The temporary exhibitions comprises the works of Croatian artists.


Obala Giordana Paliage 5.

Opening hours: only in the summer, 9.00 - 21.00

Located a stone’s throw away from the old town in an elegant pink building, the town's aquarium was founded in 1891. Today it is part of the Ruđer Bošković Institute for Maritime Research. The aquarium itself is quite tiny but is worth visiting especially with children.


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