Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved to visit Croatia in the summer. I love the islands with the clearest water, I love the seaside towns, I love the beautiful nature. This year, I decided to go on a longer vacation than usual. I’ve spend almost two weeks (yeah I know it’s not that long, but for a girl that hasn’t spent more than 5 days at the seaside for the last 10 years, it is) in a camp in Istria, near Novigrad. But I can’t be at one place for too long, I decided to go on a one day trip to a lovely town by the coast, I’ve wanted to visit for a while – Rovinj.
Maybe you’ve heard of Rovinj already, as the Instagram is full of photos of this coastal town. It’s hard to point out one thing that makes it special, but it’s definitely a combination of the beautiful architecture, the calm sea and the way some houses border on it. It’s definitely a touristic town, filled with shops, restaurants and cafes, but it’s not too crowded and it still feels…kind of authentic, real, full of history.
And what are my top three things to do in Rovinj?
- Walk the streets. Not just the touristic sights, just walk the narrow streets, admire the pastel buildings, the architecture… What I liked the most were the houses next to the sea. Some had a terrace and some just ‘’fell’ into the sea. Imagine waking up every day to a view like this and drinking coffee next to the sea.
- Visit the top of the town with the church and the tower. It has the prettiest view of the whole town, the sea and also some small nearby islands.
- Eat an ice cream, sit on a bench and admire the sea. Seaside cities live a calm, slow life, people never seem to be in a hurry. So follow that rhythm, and just enjoy every moment. I ate one of the best ice creams ever at Porto Bello. Pistachio and dark chocolate. Can’t miss.
And there are so many more towns and islands I would love to visit in my life! On my wishlist, I have Zadar, Dubrovnik, Opatija… And well, the easiest way to visit a town is by a car. If you are a car-less student, as I am, or if you are travelling to your destination by plane, it is hard to visit towns and places that are not near your apartment, hotel or camp. So you have to rent a bike (for smaller distances) or a car, if you don’t want to stay in one place and also be more flexible than if you go by bus or a train. I came across Vehicle Rent, a company that offers car rentals all around the world. And since Croatia is a popular travel destination this summer, maybe you’ll find their website useful :). Why visit just one town, when you can explore and experience more? 🙂
Have you been to Rovinj yet? What are your must-see attractions?