Holidays in Vrsar

Vrsar is a quaint fishing village located on a 54-metre-high hill near the mouth of the Lim Channel. Vrsar's history dates back almost 2,000 years, and today it is a wonderful place of quiet beauty and a favourite choice for both guests looking for relaxation on the coast and those seeking activity-packed holidays, thanks to its numerous cycling and walking paths.

People from Vrsar in the past mostly engaged in wine growing, wine making and fishing. Today, these traditional activities are combined with tourism, which has breathed new life into Vrsar and made it a popular destination on the Istrian coast.

The archipelago of 18 uninhabited islands off Vrsar makes this area particularly popular among sailing and boating enthusiasts. The nearby marina offers 190 berths for vessels. If you prefer a view from above, you can enjoy a panoramic flight in a sports plane or try parachuting and paragliding. In addition, Vrsar and its surroundings offer various opportunities for recreation and activity holidays for cyclists, swimmers and divers.

Because of its Mediterranean climate, with its mild winters and long warm summers, and its indented coastline and unspoilt nature, there are so many things to do in Vrsar and its surroundings.

The average air temperature in spring is 12.5°C, in summer 23.4°C, in autumn 15.6°C, and in winter 5.5°C. In the wintertime, the air temperature rarely falls below zero.

Vrsar is an excellent starting point for those who want to explore Istria and more remote parts of Croatia. The closest destinations worth visiting are the Lim Channel and Rovinj.

General information

Population: 2,703
Area: 22.9 km2
Population density: 118 people per km2
Air temperature: Mediterranean climate (January 5° C to 9° C, August 22° C to 25° C)
Sea temperature: Average sea temperature in June 22°C, July 24°C, August and September 23°C

Tourist Attractions

Sites of interest:

  • Vrsar archipelago
  • Lim Channel
  • Three romantic vantage points in the old town of Vrsar
  • Baredine Cave
  • Romualdo Cave
  • Old Christian basilicas
  • Montraker peninsula
  • Dvigrad
  • Kontija forest vegetation reserve
  • Old Romanesque gate
  • Roman warehouse and necropolis
  • Remains of a Roman necropolis on Montraker peninsula
  • Main town gate
  • Vrsar Harbour
  • Poreč
  • Kaštel – bishop's summer residence
  • Giacomo Casanova Street
  • Church of St. Fosca
  • Parish Church of St. Martin
  • Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua
  • Chapel of St. George
  • Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park
  • Basilica of St. Mary of the Sea

Top 10 things to do in Vrsaru

More information about things to do is available on our website

Istria Experience

1. Panoramic flight

Since Vrsar is one of the few places in Istria with its own airfield for sport aircraft, its guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the town and its surroundings, including the Lim Channel.

2. Visit Casanova Street

The famous Italian lover, adventurer and writer twice visited Vrsar: in 1743 and 1744. In his memoirs, he wrote that during each visit several local beauties succumbed to his charms.

3. Visit Kaštel, the summer residence of the Bishop of Poreč, and its church

Alongside the parish church, there is a large but ruined palace known locally as Kaštel. This is the former summer residence of the Bishop of Poreč. It includes a fortified building with a cistern and four towers that are a continuation of the 15th-century town walls.

4. Visit the Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park

Vrsar is known as a "town of sculptures". The Sculpture Park displays works by Dušan Džamonja, one of Croatia and Europe’s most prominent contemporary sculptors, while the abandoned Montraker quarry hosts an international sculpture school every summer. Artworks made during these workshops are displayed on the beaches, in campsites, on the waterfront in Vrsar, and in the town parks.

5. Enjoy the view from three romantic vantage points

Thanks to its favourable position on top of a hill, Vrsar has excellent vantage points which offer magnificent views of the nearby archipelago. The vantage point beneath Mala Vrata (Small Gate) in Vrsar also features sculptures from the Montraker workshop: a stylish stone table and benches to rest on.

6. Cycling along the Vrsar-Lim-Vrsar eco trails

The eco bike trails near Vrsar include three routes that will reveal to you all the beauty of the area and its interesting history: an easy short trail, a medium-long trail for more advanced cyclists, and a long trail that leads alongside the Lim Channel through Kontija Forest and beyond. While riding, you will encounter local places of interest such as a Bronze Age ceramic site and the Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park.

7. Take a walk in Kontija Forest

In the hinterland of Vrsar, there is a well-preserved hornbeam forest that stretches over 64 hectares: Kontija. The forest is more than 140 years old and has the status of a special forest reserve. Kontija is regarded as an important symbol of the area.

8. Visit Romualdo Cave and the Lim Channel

The Lim Channel protected landscape is part of the sunken valley of the River Pazinčica. The valley was flooded by the sea, which created a 10-kilometre-long bay whose appearance resembles that of a fjord. Further south, there is Romuald Cave, named after Saint Romuald, who spent three years there praying and meditating (from 1001 to 1004). In addition, the cave is interesting for the fact that calcite formations are only found on its left side, while the right is completely empty. In the cave, remains have been found that attest to the lives of the Palaeolithic hunters that lived here.

9. Fish festivals

Every year, from spring until autumn, Vrsar hosts traditional fish festivals where guests and locals can experience the typical atmosphere of a fishing village, try traditional food and have fun dancing to live music.

10. Visit the Dinopark Funtana

The Dinopark Funtana is the first entertainment park with life-size dinosaurs in Croatia. Since the remains of dinosaurs were found at various locations in Istria, these extinct creatures have become part of the story of the peninsula. Visit the Dinopark Funtana and travel back in time to an age when the planet was dominated by these astonishing creatures.

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