The Pearl of the Adriatic: Rovinj, Croatia

The Pearl of the Adriatic: Rovinj, Croatia

Of all of Istra’s hinterlands, Rovinj is the richest in natural bounty as one photographer explores

out into the Adriatic, this Istrian fishing town charms
visitors with its low-lying hills that crescendo in Rovinj’s old
town. Here, a compact network of cobbled streets, artisans’ studios
and gelato bars is crowned by the 18th-century St Euphemia’s
church. Clinging onto the steep descent to the water’s edge,
Italianate houses overlook the restaurants and traditional wooden
fishing boats that populate the harbour.

Punctuated by tall cedar and cypress trees, the protected forest
of Zlatni rt – the Golden Cape – is best explored by bicycle. As
summer’s temperatures climb, so do the number of bathers at the
park’s Lone Bay, but you only need to make the short journey to the
other side of the peninsula to enjoy a cove to yourself. Ahead of
your excursion, assemble a picnic of local produce at the Green Market just
off Rovinj’s Marshall Tito Square; cheeses, honey, truffles and
seafood are especially good here – and don’t forget a snorkel.

To explore farther into Istra‘s hinterlands is to enjoy the riches of Croatia’s
natural bounty. Make a day trip to the hilltop towns of Motovun and
Groznjan or the lush valleys and estuaries that surround the Mirna
river and frolic through vineyards, olive groves and blooming
fields of lavender.

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