Br.-2-Rovinj-If the Croatian coast can be described as being similar to the Cote d'Azur, then Rovinj is definitely the “St. Tropez” of Croatia. With its colour washed buildings and natural remedy for erectile dysfunction numerous cafes and bars dotted round its pretty harbour it oozes Mediterranean chic and is fast becoming a must-see city destination in its own right. It's got some fantastic restaurants, bars and wine cellars galore and more pebbly coves than you can shake your beach towel at. Couple that with a superb market and some stunning sights and you've got all the right ingredients for a fabulous Rovinj holiday.

In the vicinity of Villa Cissa there are numerous places for outing and click here for more to sit in, such as lovely cafes, pastries, bars and restaurants dotted in narrow streets and round pretty harbour of Rovinj, while the nearest beach or park are less than two minutes walking distance from the house. One can also take a short boat trip to numerous nearby beaches or beautiful small islands overlooking Rovinj peninsula. It is possible to find everything you want to spend a nice summer vacation, not only in a stylish apartment in Villa Cissa, as an ideal base to enjoy the city, but in the nearest surrounding of the house and the Old Town itself, from local pubs and art galleries to historic sights. It also acts as a good base to explore the Istrian countryside and mysterious but charming medieval hill top towns outside Rovinj, eg Motovun and Grožnjan. If that all sounds a bit too hectic then one can always sit in a nearby bar or cafe and watch the world go by!


Rovinj, known locally as the 'Blue Pearl of the Adriatic', is a small, picture postcard pretty harbour town. For over 500 years, Rovinj was ruled over by the Venetian Empire - an influence which is still evident today in the cobbled streets that twist between terracotta-roofed buildings around the old Church of St Euphemia.

Rovinj's roots date back to prehistoric times and the town itself grew up around a Bronze Age settlement. Over the centuries, many writers and artists have been captivated by Rovinj's natural and architectural beauty - the town actually featured in one of Jules Verne's novels. The historic quarter is perched on a narrow peninsula, high up on a hill and is crowned by an 18th century church whose bell tower dominates Rovinj's skyline.

Tower with city clock, built in the mid 19th c Balbi Arch (former Gate of the Old Fish Market) (1678-1679) Medieval portal under the wall (restored in 1590)
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Parochial church – Collegial St. Euphemia Cathedral

The church of St. Euphemia is the largest Baroque building on the IstrianRiviera, with a 60m bell tower modelled on the Campanile in St. Mark's Square in Venice. From this bell tower there are stunning, panoramic views across Rovinj and nearby islands.

Around mid-10th c. The uninaval paleochristian church of St. George was tranformed in the three-naval church dedicated to St. George and St. Euphemia.
From 1725-1736 St. Euphemia Cathedral was rebuild and broadened (arch: Giovanni Dozzi, Venice).
Consecrated in 1756


Rovinj's bay has countless hidden, pebbly coves where snorkelling and bathing in the clear water are superb.

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Rovinj has numerous restaurants, patisseries, rotisseries, wine cellars and bars. Why not enjoy a tranquil evening dining at a seafood restaurant or sample the smoked ham, a local favorite.
Al gastaldo
Al gastaldo
Veli Joze
Veli Joze

Al gastaldo – Modern atmosphere in traditional surroundings of a small town street and interesting pasta dishes on the menu are the diverse strengths of this restaurant. This place is adorably old style on the inside with white lined hanging from everything. Al Gastaldo is an upscale yet cozy restaurant serving local fish and fresh vegetables. The menu includes pasta and other Italian-influenced items. Fresh-caught fish and gnocchi with truffles are some of favorite dishes at this restaurant.

Dream - Situated on bustling street just behind the harbour, Trattoria Dream is one of the town's most popular restaurants and in 2007/08, it was voted one of Croatia's top 100 eateries. With a wide range of Tuscan dishes and seating both inside and out, there will be something for everyone here, from seafood to truffles.

Veli Jože - Authentic Istrian inn near the sea. Rovinj heaves with run of the mill sea-facing fish restaurants. This place is just off the main drag, but easy to find, follow your nose and the crowds. It is located on the left hand edge of Rovinj Old Town just along from the harbour. It's busy early evening with families and then couples later on. You may have a wait for a table, a testiment to it's success. The interior room is stuffed with fishing memorabilia, and the fresh fish is excellent. Seafood is what to go for, fresh and well cooked. The house white wine was tasty and the waiter knowledgeable and friendly (somewhat of an oddity in Croatia).


Monte - Monte is just one of the Rovinj restaurants putting the town on the map. Situated at the foot of St Euphemia Cathedral, restaurant Monte is the place to go for a first-class meal and even though its prices are higher than anywhere else, the food quality more than makes up for it.

Blu  - Blu is located on shore, just a couple of miles from the city but it feels like you left Rovinj just to discover it again. One of the few tables in ferro battuto on the terrace are a perfect place to come and enjoy the view. Rovinj is right over the blue from where the restaurant got its name. This is one of those sweet restaurants which will provide pleasurable moments to remember. The true authenticity is felt only there. The interior is done in stone with large windows making sure you don't miss the view in winter. It is all together a very neat and clean restaurant. Blu offers sumptuous and imaginative a' la carte. And of course the appropriate wines. The "summer" offers extra light dishes fused by the sommelier's choice. The service is really good, especially the sommelier. And the manner in which the dishes are being served as the decoration is unpretentious and stylish at the same time. The basic difference between a good restaurant and the average one isn't the money spent for decoration, or a famous chef, but the whole team around it. This can be seen in Blu.

Giannino - comes highly recommended by both Time Out and Rough Guide to Croatia. As for the seafood at Giannino, the scampi gets special mention for being sweet and juicy, and the sea bass tastes particularly fresh.

Graciano - Restaurant Graciano (Obala palih boraca, 4) sits near the designated parking lot for visitors to Rovinj, which means it’s not the most idyllic setting in the world. That said, there’s a large roof deck with a view of the scenic bits of Rovinj, and we greatly enjoyed lounging around there and watching the sun go down. The prosecco we ordered was tasty, and the pizza we shared (wolfed down) with our aperitif made for a relaxing pre-dinner hangout.
La puntulina is a pretty restaurant and bar. It’s perched on the sea near the St. Euphemia Cathedral. There’s a casual outdoor area by the sea connected to the bar. The restaurant has an outdoor dining terrace that almost juts over the sea below. The place settings are elegant.

Santa Croce

Santa croce  - This cute and colourful restaurant comes highly recommended and offers Italian-influenced food at bargain prices. From steak to seafood, pasta to pork, this eatery does it all. Although Santa croce doesn't have a sea view, the meals more than make up for it - especially if you're dining at one of the romantic outdoor tables.

Rovinj by night For nightlife, visit the resort's discos and bars. Most evenings are mellow with dancing on the hotel terrace or dining out. However, in July, August and September, some nights can be very lively when the town hosts local festivals. The Rovinj Night Festival in August and the St. Euphemia Feast in September are the most popular.
Valentino Rio bar Batel Zanzibar
Havana Cinema Riviera XL
Zanzibar - The bar's interior was rightfully considered the most successful catering project in Croatia in 2001.

Theatre Gandusio
– A Pinkish building with a green door and the magic word KINO on top, it is Theatre Gandusio, right opposite the fruit and veg market at Trg Valdibora. If you will anticipate an old-fashioned cinema treat, you will get it at this old theatre where nowdays are playing stage acts, concerts and movies. The interior is faded and elegant and totally redolent of days and movies gone by.



Browse through the fruit and vegetable market nerby the villa and small shops of Rovinj, keeping an eye out for the local brandy and Croatian embroidery - a national speciality.


Br.-26-Zavicajni-muzej-grada-Rovinja-Rovinj Heritage Museum - The Museum is housed in a Baroque palace that in the 17th and18th century belonged to the Califfi counts. It was founded in 1954 by a group of artists from Rovinj with the intention of collecting and exhibiting works of art. The Museum has two public functions – it serves as a town gallery and as a place where its rich bank of works of art is permanently exhibited. During its 50 year long existence, many rich and valuable art collections have been created – like those of contemporary art (about 1500), old masters, ethnology, a library and most recently a collection of archaeological finds.

Tha Batana House
- The Batana House Museum is dedicated to the fishing boat known as the Batana, recognised in Rovinj as a symbol of the entire community as it is an original type of fishing vessel the likes of which have been manufactured in Rovinj for many years, with the construction of these watercraft and the entire story surrounding fishing and the traditional life of Rovinj again experiencing a boom with the launch of this program. Museum has won in the top selection for the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award 2007 (EMYA 2007) which has been conferred since 1977 by the European Museum Forum, based in Great Britain.

Tobacco Museum
– Rovinj has a century long tobacco business history. Established back in 1872 as a factory for supplying officers of the Austro-Hungarian military with cigarettes, Tvornica duhana Rovinj developed into a distinguished cigarette manufacturer. It is the leading Croatian tobacco company and has remained in that position until today. It has opened in 1998 the first Tobacco Museum in Croatia.

Adris Gallery
- Since its inception in 2001, the Adris Gallery has hostedworks by the most eminent Croatian painters and has become an unavoidable place for the exhibition of artistic beauty.


Villa Cissa Art Gallery
– A little charming art gallery with paintings at house’s street side is part of our villa. – A little charming art gallery with paintings at house’s street side is part of our villa.



Istria has a beautifully indented coastline, with many charming coastal towns, islands and isles. With the aim of protecting the natural environment, many parts of the coast and the islands have been spared by tourists. The most beautiful and most famous part among them are the National Park Brijuni, but there are also a number of picturesque towns worth a visit on the west Istrian coast.

For a break from the sea, head for the hinterland. In the Istrian interior, you'll find vintners painstakingly reviving a delicate winemaking tradition, farmers pressing that last drop of oil out of their olives, trained dogs sniffing out truffles in primeval forests, and a smattering of fortified medieval hill towns. The best towns here include the tiny, rugged, relatively undiscovered artists' colony of Grožnjan, and the popular village of Motovun, with sweeping views over the surrounding terrain.