1. Climb the Tower of St. Euphemia
A central part of the panorama of the old town of Rovinj, the 62-metre-high bell tower of the Church of St. Euphemia, the highest of its kind in Istria, offers a magnificent view of the town and the surrounding archipelago. It was built in the 17th century based on the model of St. Mark's Campanile in Venice. At the top, there is a 4.7-metre bronze statue of St. Euphemia, patron saint of Rovinj, which replaced the former wooden one.
2. Take a walk in the old town
The old town of Rovinj has preserved its original appearance of a historic town centre located on a peninsula overlooking a picturesque harbour. Take a stroll along its most well-known streets: the Carrera, dotted with shops and galleries, Bregovita Ulica, and finally the Grisia, famous for its open-air painting exhibitions.
3. Discover bike trails in the Golden Cape (Zlatni Rt) Forest Park
The protected Golden Cape (Zlatni Rt) Forest Park is particularly popular among biking, jogging and walking enthusiasts. Magnificent Himalayan cedars, exotic cypresses and typical Mediterranean vegetation blend here to create a unique backdrop for your favourite sport activities.
4. Visit the Batana Museum
The batana is a flat-bottomed wooden boat typical of this area. In this museum, dedicated to this traditional boat type, you can learn more about the long history of fishing in Rovinj and watch a 15-minute movie about batana construction accompanied by bitinada, a local form of a capella singing.
5. Visit Monkodonjo
The walled Monkodonjo archaeological site with its well-preserved Bronze Age remains is located five kilometres from Rovinj and consists of three main parts: the central barrow, the crafts district and the living quarters. It is estimated that approximately 1,000 inhabitants lived here.
6. Bird watching in Palud Bird Reserve
The Palud Bird Reserve is a protected area only a dozen kilometres from Rovinj. Located right next to the coast, this area includes a wetland, lush vegetation and brackish water, and attracts many bird species. Its biodiversity is the result of the specific combination of wetland and sea.
7. Dine at the Wine Vault Restaurant
The elegant Wine Vault restaurant in the 5-star Boutique Hotel Monte Mulini offers a unique gourmet experience that combines French cuisine with an extensive wine list including more than 550 selected wines from Croatia and all over the world.
8. Dive to the Baron Gautsch shipwreck
The Baron Gautsch, a passenger steamship of the Austrian Lloyd company, built in 1908 in a shipyard in Great Britain, operated on a regular route between Trieste in Italy and Kotor in Montenegro. She sank in 1914, and her wreck still lies at a depth of 40 metres. Today this is an attractive diving site.
9. Sport fishing
Being home to a wide range of fish species, the waters off Rovinj's coast, dotted with coves, islets and rocks, are very popular among sport fishing enthusiasts.
10. Swimming and sunbathing on Red Island beach
Red Island (Crveni Otok) is made up of two islets – St. Andrew (Sveti Andrija) and Maškin – connected by a narrow strip of land with one of the most beautiful beaches in Istria. Take a walk in the park, which has more than 120 plant species, and boost your energy levels at special points across the island. Do not forget to visit Count Hütterot Castle and the mausoleum on Maškin.