TOP 16 Things to do in Rovinj, Croatia + Travel tips

In this Rovinj travel guide, I’ll tell you the 16 best things to do in Rovinj and the most important travel tips for the [Something typical about the city].

You have only little time or even only one day in Rovinj, Croatia and still don’t want to miss any sights and highlights during your city trip? Then JOURNICATION is the right place for you! With the BIG5 checklists, a map with the most amazing things to do in Rovinj and my personal experience report with the best hotels, restaurants and photo spots in Rovinj you are well prepared for your trip to [Something typical about the city]. You’ll see, in 24 hours in Rovinj there are more sights to discover than just [two highlights of the city]. Let’s go for a perfect day in Rovinj in 2022!

What do you learn in this article?

Checklist of the 16 best Things to do in Rovinj

Here you have an overview of the xxx highlights in Rovinj, so to speak your personal Rovinj Bucket List to check off. This way you can make sure that you don’t miss any of the best things to do in Rovinj during your city trip.

  1. Discover the old town of Rovinj
  2. Walk through the Balbi arch
  3. Visit the church of St. Euphemia
  4. Enjoy the view from the church tower
  5. Stroll through the port of Rovinj
  6. The main square with the clock tower
  7. Relax on the beaches of Rovinj
  8. Visit the local museum
  9. Promenade with a view of the town
  10. Explore the Golden Cape
  11. Visit the weekly market
  12. ACI Marina Rovinj
  13. Islands in the archipelago off Rovinj
  14. Castle on the island of Sveti Andrea
  15. Experience the bird park Palud
  16. Discover the region by bike

 

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View of the old town of Rovinj with the prominent church tower and colorful houses

 #1 Things to do in Rovinj: Discover the old town of Rovinj

The old town is one of the places you should visit in Rovinj. Especially if you have little time and maybe even only one day in Rovinj. Because of the impressive and beautiful surroundings, the old town is also called “Little Venice” by many. Besides the ice cream parlors, stores and restaurants you will find here, there is also a very beautiful church on the top of the hill.

If you don’t like crowded places, you should not necessarily visit Rovinj in July. It is a time when many people explore this town. The town has numerous beaches where you can relax. You can even watch the fishermen in the morning and afternoon.

So take a relaxed stroll through the old town, there is so much to discover here!

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On the way in the old town of Rovinj

#2 Things to do in Rovinj: Walk through the Balbi arch

A special sight in the old town of Rovinj is the Balbi Arch. It is the gateway to the old town.

The top above the Balbi family coat of arms is decorated by the winged Venetian lion. This is still a reminder of the past rule of the Republic of Venice in this region of Croatia.

In the past, the city gate of the fortress Porta della Pescheria stood in this place.

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Balbi arch in the old town

#3 Best things to do in Rovinj: Visit the church of St. Euphemia

There is something you will love about St. Euphemia Church. That is the fact that its atmosphere is always peaceful and religious. Most people visit this place for meditation on Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm.

Besides, it is the right place to enjoy a perfect view of the sea in front of Rovinj. You can also see the bell tower from here. In general, this church offers a clear view of the whole town. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Besides, here you can learn more about St. Euphemia, the patron saint of the city. There is an exciting legend of St. Euphemia here. You will have the opportunity to see the painted sarcophagus first hand.

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The Church of St. Euphemia is one of the highlights of Rovinj

#4 Rovinj Highlights: Enjoy the view from the church tower

We would especially like to highlight and recommend the steeple of the Church of St. Euphemia.

Together with the statue of the saint, the tower is a whole 61 meters high. But the climb up the many steps is worth it: from here you have a magnificent view of the old town of Rovinj and the Adriatic Sea.

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You should not miss the view from the church tower

#5 Things to do in Rovinj: Stroll through the port of Rovinj

In the coastal town of Rovinj there is of course an old harbor with many boats and ships. Even if you get tired, there are restaurants and hotels where you can just relax. This is especially possible with a cool drink on the promenade. After that you can start exploring the harbor.

There are even beaches nearby. The port of Rovinj is the center of everything. In other words, it is responsible for the charm and popularity of the town.

It is a very busy place and has recently played an important role in the town’s economy.

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Port of Rovinj with many boats, Croatia

#6 Rovinj Highlights: The main square with the clock tower

The main square in Rovinj is remarkable for one thing: the clock tower. This is a place you absolutely must visit! Especially if you are exploring the city for the first time. If you’re looking for the If you’re looking for the perfect place to hang out during the day, this is it.

Again, don’t forget to visit the popular Trg Marsala Tita. It acts as one of the busiest places in Rovinj. It is the central.

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Houses of the old town

#7 Things to do in Rovinj: Relax on the beaches of Rovinj

You can’t travel to Rovinj without visiting the beaches and relaxing there. Your trip to Croatia is simply incomplete without a visit to the beach. There are some fascinating beaches like Baluota and Mulini Beach.

Baluota beach (also called Monte Beach) is a very famous place in the country. You will meet different categories of people here every day. Please note that you can only reach this beach by bike or on foot.

A pine forest currently surrounds Mulini Beach. It is the perfect place to relax during the day and in the evening. You will definitely appreciate the beauty of this beach.

 

#8 One day in Rovinj: Visit the local museum

Do you want to immerse yourself in the history of this wonderful city? There is no better way than visiting the museums. They allow you to explore the heritage of Rovinj in just a small space. One of the most popular museums is the Rovinj Museum of Local History, which has been around since 1954. Here you will find numerous temporary and permanent exhibits.

The Batana Ecomuseum is another museum you can explore. It has a great cultural importance for the people of Rovinj. It is even possible to participate in one of the Botana activities that have been organized since 2005.

 

#9 Places to visit in Rovinj: Promenade with a view of the town

Looking for a great view of the town of Rovinj? There is hardly a better way than walking along the promenade by the sea. The path along the Adriatic Sea is even completely free of charge.

On the way you also have the opportunity to stop in cafes and restaurants. All with the same great view of the old town.

Rovinj Travel Tip: Dusk is the perfect time for a walk along this path. The promenade is one of the best places for sunset in Rovinj.

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On the promenade you have a great view of the old town of Rovinj

#10 One day in Rovinj: Explore the Golden Cape

The Golden Cape is a very famous forest park, not only in Rovinj, but in the whole of Croatia. Since its establishment in 1890, it has made many headlines. The park has a high biodiversity. It is the perfect place to escape from the crowded streets and alleys in the city.

At the Golden Cape you will also get a glimpse of Rovinj’s agricultural activities. There was a time when this place looked like an abandoned project. It is not being renovated to meet the modern demands of agriculture, but should remain in its original state.

You will also have the opportunity to explore its beaches. They are the perfect place to relax in the afternoon. The trees here serve as very welcome shade.

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#11 One day in Rovinj: Visit the weekly market

When it comes to visiting Rovinj and having the ultimate experience, many people don’t pay too much attention to the markets that are here. From my point of view, completely wrongly. You should definitely not miss the weekly market of Rovinj!

The truth is that markets are a bit like different worlds. “A market is the mirror of society”.

For example, there is the green market, which is located in the heart of Rovinj. It is usually very busy every day of the week. Here you can get vegetables, fruits, baked goods, dairy products and other local produce, among other things.

There is also a fish market. Although this market is quite small, you should note that the products offered here are always expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you should look for other options.

 

#12 Places to visit in Rovinj: ACI Marina Rovinj

Although there are many marinas in Croatia, ACI Marina of Rovinj is one of the largest and most popular. It is definitely worth a visit. Here you can rent a sailboat, a motorboat or even a catamaran.

One of the reasons why this marina is recommended is its excellent modern design. It was built in an impressive way. Here, especially the Grand Park Hotel immediately catches the eye! A luxurious hotel and your own boat right in front of it? Is definitely possible here!

Just imagine you could see Rovinj from the sea. Here you have the best facilities that will make your adventure unforgettable. You also have access to restaurants, grocery stores and other facilities. You have the opportunity to be treated by the friendly staff.

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View of the old town of Rovinj with the prominent church tower and colorful houses

#13 Rovinj Highlights: Islands in the archipelago off Rovinj

In the archipelago off the coast of Rovinj there are 22 islands and islets of various sizes.

There are many activities and options to choose from when it comes to the islands. However, note that some islands are more fascinating than others. Some of the best places you should explore are the islands of Katarina, Bragoc and Red Island.

On the islands off Rovinj, it’s up to you to decide if you like it more bustling or if you prefer to escape the tourist hustle and bustle. If you have always wanted to explore islands in the Adriatic and Mediterranean, there are plenty of opportunities in Rovinj.

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Islands and beaches in front of Rovinj in the sunset

#14 Places to visit in Rovinj: Castle on the island of Sveti Andrea

A special island in front of Rovinj is the island of Sveti Andrea. Here there is a small castle and a Benedictine abbey.

Sveti Andrea for example is also called twin island. By cab boat you can reach the center of Rovinj in just 15 minutes. There you will find the Island Hotel, also known as Maistra Hotel.

#15 Things to do in Rovinj: Experience the bird park Palud

Do you love activities related to nature and bird watching? Are you looking for a lesser-known but exciting activity to do during your visit to Rovinj? Then you don’t have to look much further, because Palud Bird Park offers it all. It gives you the opportunity to discover different species of birds. There are even some very rare ones among them.

Among the birds you’ll encounter here are great crested grebes, ducks, herons and many others. It’s the perfect place to get up close and personal with nature. For adults, it costs around 5.00 kuna per hour to explore this place. For children up to 15 years old the price is 0,50 kuna.

 

#16 One day in Rovinj: Discover the region by bike

Especially if you have little time or even only one day in Rovinj, an exploration tour by bike is a great option.

This gives you the great opportunity to cover a decent distance in just a short time. The bike paths in and around the city are well developed.

Worthwhile destinations are especially the port, the promenade and the Golden Cape.

 

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Sunset over the Adriatic Sea with houses and restaurants of the old town

BIG5 Things to do in Rovinj, Croatia & Travel Tips

You don’t want to miss any Rovinj highlights in one day? Find all travel tips and your city trip checklist for one day in Rovinj here:

BIG5 Rovinj – Speed Date

What should you know before your trip to Rovinj? So let’s go on a speed date:

What is outstanding in Rovinj?

Rovinj impressively combines the charm of a busy Mediterranean port town with cozy alleys in the old town.

What sucks in Rovinj?

Especially in the high season in summer, Rovinj can be quite crowded and touristy.

What you should definitely DO in Rovinj?

Let yourself drift through the great old town of Rovinj, there are so many great things to discover: from historical sights, great views to local markets and cozy cafes.

What NOT TO DO in Rovinj?

Do not limit yourself to the city center and the old town. Especially the numerous islands are definitely worth a visit!

What not to tell your mother about Rovinj?

Especially in the numerous beach bars awakens after dark the exciting nightlife of Rovinj

BIG5 Rovinj – Rapid Fire Q&A

How many days should you plan for a trip to Rovinj?

For the sights in the old town of Rovinj one day is enough. However, there are other highlights and destinations in the region, so we recommend at least 3 days in Rovinj.

Where is the best sunset spot in Rovinj?

You can experience a particularly beautiful sunset in Rovinj from a boat overlooking the old town or on the harbor promenade.

Is there a beach in Rovinj?

Yes, Rovinj has several well-known and popular beaches near the city center, Baluota Beach and Mulini Beach.

What is the best hotel in Rovinj?

Hotel Adriatic on the main square of Rovinj shines with super central location and all imaginable amenities for a relaxing Croatia trip.

What is a real Rovinj insider tip?

In such a tourist town as Rovinj, there are few insider tips. If you like it quiet and relaxed, the Pavud Bird Park is an insider tip!

BIG5 Rovinj – Orga

What is the best travel time for Rovinj?

The best time to visit Rovinj are the summer months of June, July and August. If you want to avoid very hot months and big tourist crowds, May and September are also recommended.

How to get to Rovinj?

Do you need a visa for Rovinj, Croatia? 

Visa: Check here whether you need a visa for Croatia with your passport

  • Flight: Flight: Pula Airport (IATA: PUY) is a fairly large and well connected airport, less than an hour’s drive from Rovinj.
  • Flight: Zadar Airport (IATA: ZAD) is another airport within reasonable distance from Rovinj and a good choice if you are looking for budget airlines like EasyJet or Ryanair.
  • Bus: The bus station in Rovinj is well connected with surrounding towns and all major Croatian cities.
  • Car: A modern highway connects Rovinj with the rest of Croatia. It is a convenient and fast way to travel if you arrive by car. A big plus is that this way you can quickly get to places like Zadar and Split….

You want to discover more dream destinations for a city break on the coast of Croatia? Then I recommend the following articles:

Price Level / Budget for Rovinj?

  • What is Croatia’s currency? – The currency in Croatia is Kuna (KN). Currently the exchange rate is approx. 1 Kuna = 0.13 Euro.
  • Can I pay with Euro in Rovinj, Croatia? – No, in Croatia you pay everywhere with Kuna.

Withdraw money: There are ATMs and ways to get cash everywhere in the center. To save money when traveling, you should use a credit card that does NOT charge additional fees abroad. I have been using the free DKB VISA credit card for many years.

Do you need a travel adapter plug for Rovinj, Croatia?

In Croatia, C & F sockets are used with a voltage of 230 V with a voltage of 50 Hertz.

Do you need a travel adapterfor the sockets in Croatia? Then I can recommend you SKROSS Pro World travel adapter, which I myself have in my luggage for some time:

What are the best Restaurants, Bars & Cafés in Rovinj?

  • Valentino – a great bar for the sunset with a great selection of delicious cocktails

BIG5 Rovinj – The must do Activities

What activities should you not miss in Rovinj in any case? Here are my BIG5:

  • Discover the old town of Rovinj
  • Stroll through the port of Rovinj
  • Relax on the beaches of Rovinj
  • Explore the Golden Cape
  • Visit the weekly market

BIG5 Rovinj – The best Photo spots

You may wondering about the best photo locations to take pictures for Instagram or your holiday album. Here we go:

  • View from the church tower
  • The old town of Rovinj from the waterfront
  • The town from the promenade
  • The picturesque alleys of the old town of Rovinj
  • At sunset the town shows itself in a very special light

 

 

BIG5 Rovinj – Communication

What language do you speak in Rovinj?

In Rovinj, Croatia you speak Croatian.

Here are the BIG5 words for basic friendly communication in the local language:

  • thank you – Hvala
  • yes – Da
  • no – Ne
  • hello – Bok!
  • goodbye – Zdravo!

Things to do in Rovinj – Helpful Websites & Resources

  • As an additional source of inspiration and practical guide on the ground, I recommend the Lonely Planet for Croatia:

  • You don’t want to take care of everything yourself? Just enjoy your vacation and still not miss the best things to do in Rovinj? No problem, great tours and excursions are offered on site:

 

The 16 best things to do in Rovinj for one perfect day 🇭🇷

Once again summarizing your checklist of Rovinj highlights for you at a glance:

  1. Discover the old town of Rovinj
  2. Walk through the Balbi arch
  3. Visit the church of St. Euphemia
  4. Enjoy the view from the church tower
  5. Stroll through the port of Rovinj
  6. The main square with the clock tower
  7. Relax on the beaches of Rovinj
  8. Visit the local museum
  9. Promenade with a view of the town
  10. Explore the Golden Cape
  11. Visit the weekly market
  12. ACI Marina Rovinj
  13. Islands in the archipelago off Rovinj
  14. Castle on the island of Sveti Andrea
  15. Experience the bird park Palud
  16. Discover the region by bike

 

Now you know the 16 best Rovinj sights and see what a great destination Rovinj is. Are Rovinj with the Old Town, the Church Tower of St. Euphemia and the Golden Cape now on your bucket list? What do you find particularly exciting?

 

If you want to know more about Rovinj attractions or need more info, feel free to let me know via message or in the comments.

 

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