Rovinj or Rovigno is a city in the Istrian region of Croatia. It lies on a peninsula on the Adriatic. Historically, ‘Rovigno’ was a part of the Republic of Venice (until 1797). Culturally its Italian ties remain strong - the town is officially bilingual. Following the fall of Venice, Rovigno became absorbed into the Austrian Empire, then became Italian again from 1928 to1947, when it was incorporated into Yugoslavia. Today it is one of Croatia’s little gems and the best places to stay in Rovinj offer ideal bases for soaking up this rich heritage.
The Venetian connection remains: there are daily ferries to and from Venice which take two hours. Rovinj itself is best explored on foot or on bicycle. There are many ancient monuments - particularly impressive is the Balbi Arch which is the original city entrance. One can climb the campanile of St. Euphemia’s Cathedral, visit the Heritage Museum in the Baroque Palace, browse the Valdibora open air market (truffles a speciality) or wander through Grissa, the artists’ street or Rovinj’s ‘Montmatre’.
The surrounding islands and mainland are staggeringly beautiful. The sea is a joy to swim in during the summer months.
Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular summer destination, so if you want to be sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in Rovinj during the peak summer months, get organised and book early. Alternatively come in the quieter months, when the sun is still warm but the crowds have gone.
Outstanding 5* by crystal sea of Lone Bay. Minimalist rooms feature private balconies, uber modern bathrooms and pale wood furniture. Indoor and outdoor pool, beach area, gym, spa and tennis courts. Three restaurants and four bars all focus on gourmet hospitality. Immeasurably chic.
A superbly swanky hotel on the Croatian Riviera. Large slick modern design throughout rooms and suites, private balconies with stunning bay views, and all the mod cons. Two excellent restaurants, top of the range spa, four tennis courts nearby. A sophisticated spot for a beach holiday.