Enjoy crystal waters, baroque cathedrals and waterfront tavernas in Rovinj – Croatia’s best-kept secret. Hayley Leaver reports
With its beautiful beaches and old-fashioned glamour, it is easy to see why Croatia is Europe’s destination of choice this summer. And away from the tourist favourites of Split, Hvar and Zagreb though, picturesque Rovinj is the Mediterranean’s real treasure.
As one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports, it is easy to while away the hours wandering the cobbled streets of the town or exploring the Zlatni Rt Forest Park. That is when you’re not traversing the 19 green, off shore islands of its archipelago. Offering an array of views, these can even be reached by taking a
quick swim from the shore.
If impressive views are what you really crave then you don’t have to stop there either – with the 60mhigh Cathedral of St Euphemia tower providing one of, if not the best, vantage points in the area. Built in 1736, this is the largest
baroque building in Istria too and home to a must-see 14th-century marble relief of St Euphemia, as well as her tomb.
For a traditional taste of Rovinj, sample the local cuisine at one of the idyllic waterfront restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours too. Culinary highlights include the Veli Joze and Cantinon restaurants, where the local fish, especially the bakalar (cod), is usually the freshest and tastiest catch of the day. Zanzibar, with its Indonesian décor, subtle lighting and delicious cocktails is also well worth a visit.
In addition to a regular food market near the Valdibora Square, August also welcomes the Rovinj Night celebration – a weekend of street food, live music and fireworks. What more could you ask for?
Promising to be a sanctuary for relief and relaxation, the Hotel Monte Mulini is also a haven of five-star luxury within this quaint town. Located near the beach and attached to a winery, the stylish hotel boasts an array of guest
rooms with picturesque sea views and custom-made furniture.
A swim-up bar, sauna, spa treatments and an indoor pool are just some of the additional luxuries that you can expect during your stay. Complimentary bicycles also offer a great way to explore the surrounding area. Head chef Tomislav Gretic and the internationally acknowledged sommelier Emil Perdec provide the perfect fine-dining experience.
For more details on this and other trips to Croatia, please call Crown Travel on 0151 724 2265