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Rovinj - A Croatian Highlight

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Rebekah Joy
Rebekah Joy

On a trip to Croatia we decided to head off the beaten tourist path and go north. Flying into the middle (Zadar airport) for just 15 pounds helped. A friend wanted to visit the ampitheatre at Pula, so we decided to just keep on going. That is when we discovered the most beautiful town I think i have ever been to. Imagine cobbled streets and winding paths, pizzas and ice creams, sun drenched skies, azure seas and vast fields of scarlet windswept poppies.

The little town of Rovinj at the top of Croatia is yet vastly undiscovered, at least by the Brits anyway. Considered one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic coast, it is an elegant juxtaposition of Italy and Croatia. This idyllic island village and the surrounding twenty-two islands and islets are a protected natural heritage area. It’s no wonder, take a peek or wander through the hidden corners, discover heritage homes perched on the edge of the sea, or climb to the top of St. Euphemia church spire and see the sprawling terracotta roofs below.

Rocky capes and deserted bays dot the coastline. Of particular note Limskadraga cove is a serene spot some 20 miles long. Head there for a dip in the turquoise ocean and afterwards sample the large selection of sea food. Gastronomical delights are a fixation for any trip and, dishes from Rovinj do not disappoint. Mostly consisting of a medley of fish, crab and mussels, the local specialty, seafood stew comes with served with an exquisite mussel sauce.

Traditional offerings are the local smoked ham, hard sheep milk cheeses, sauerkraut with sausages and the local favorite scrambled eggs infused with wild asparagus. Couple Rovinj’s exceptional dining experience with a summertime concert and you’re in for a treat. Traditional shows and theatrical performances permeate the balmy evenings. The end of August sees ' Rovinj's Night' where thousands of visitors flock for three nights to enjoy the biggest fireworks fiesta on the Adriatic Coast.

Further a field, located between vineyards and olive groves, is the town of Bale featuring the astonishing Bembo palace and a beautiful neo-baroque parish church. Dvigrad, the medieval town is worth exploring, while Zminj boasts the chapel of the Holy Trinity, featuring 15th century murals by local painters.
For those interested in experiencing Rovinj, the closest airport is Pula, with it’s particularly well preserved amphitheatre, or in summer a high speed ferry operates from Venice.

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