tiramisu1130Rovinj-Rovinj, antique, picturesque, exuding a strong Italian style, is known as a "blue pearl" on the Adriatic Sea! The colorful houses on both sides of the river here and the various yachts docked at the pier give me the illusion of being in Venice, especially in the setting sun, it feels so beautiful!
渭南松赞干布The Brijuni Islands National Park is located in the Adriatic Sea, off the coast of the Croatian coastal city of Pula. The Brijuni Islands used to be the private vacation place of President Tito of the FRY. The closest route to get here is to take a cruise from the seaside town of Fazana. You can visit Tito's residence on the island. The area of the island is not small, so you have to take a sightseeing bus to visit each attraction. The island has the ruins of an ancient Roman temple, a safari park, and the statue of a naked woman called Brijuni Venus. It is a masterpiece of the Yugoslav sculptor Anton Augustincic dedicated to President Tito.
Rovinj (pronounced Roveen by the locals) is a small, picturesque fishing port situated along the western coast of the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia’s north. Although it feels thoroughly relaxed and far removed from the bustle of better-known destinations, it’s quite accessible to popular European hotspots: both Venice and Ljubljana are less than three hours away by road, with one-way bus prices starting at around $16.
The first thing you’ll notice about Rovinj is how clean, neat, and well-kept it is. There’s virtually no graffiti here (a rarity in so much of Europe) and the locals take pride in keeping the whole area in immaculate condition.
It’s an ideal town for leisurely strolling, with views of the blue Adriatic around every corner and a profusion of narrow, cobblestoned streets leading to tiny squares, mini-promenades, and cozy cafes where local seafood rules.
The old town is compact, inviting, and a great place to get lost on purpose. Passing through stone archways framed by flowering bougainvillea, you’ll head uphill to arrive at the town’s centerpiece—the Church of St. Euphemia. Towering high above everything else is the bell tower, boasting a spectacular view that’s reached by huffing and puffing up 192 creaky wooden steps to a breezy lookout.
Because the Istrian Peninsula is less visited than the Dalmatian Coast, Rovinj isn’t overrun with the large crowds found in other parts of Croatia, even in mid-summer. It’s not a bad winter destination, either: sunny days are common and daytime temperatures tend to hover around 50 to 54 F. It’s like a fairy-tale town over Christmas, with traditional holiday festivals, ice skating, concerts, midnight fireworks, and more.
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