Things to do in Rovinj

Our most recommended things to do in Rovinj

Vrsar: Dolphin Watching Boat Ride

1. Vrsar: Dolphin Watching Boat Ride

Marvel at the Adriatic Sea with the opportunity to see Adriatic dolphins on this boat ride in Vrsar. Benefit from experienced staff and a captain who knows dolphins' movements and how to easily find them. Enjoy complimentary drinks and a transfer to the boat and back. Meet at the pier and board the boat to begin your cruise. Be greeted with drinks before setting out on the Adriatic Sea. Keep an eye out for dolphins and enjoy panoramic views of Poreč and Rovinj. With a glass of Istrian white wine in your hand, sit back, relax and end the day surrounded by the natural beauty of the Adriatic Sea.

From Porec and Rovinj: Full-Day Plitvice Lakes Guided Trip

2. From Porec and Rovinj: Full-Day Plitvice Lakes Guided Trip

Join this incredible journey and discover beauties that will capture your heart. The vibrant blue pools, luscious green trees, and dribbling waterfalls of Plitvice lakes will make you wonder how there is so much beauty in the world. Expect nothing less than breathtaking views once you walk into this unspoilt oasis. Wander along the boardwalks and bridges or take a boat trip across Lake Kozjak, the biggest stretch of water in the area. On your way back, stop for a lunch break at the fairy-tale village of Rastoke. Once a rural settlement, the tiny village will amaze you with its stunning landscapes dotted with watermills, waterfalls and wooden houses.

From Poreč: Lim Fjord, Rovinj, & Vrsar Boat Trip with Lunch

3. From Poreč: Lim Fjord, Rovinj, & Vrsar Boat Trip with Lunch

On this tour, you will have a chance to explore Croatia’s stunning west coast and charming villages. From the narrow alleyways and romantic streets of Rovinj to the natural beauty of the Lim Fjord where you will enjoy lunch served onboard the boat. After meeting your guide in Poreč, your day starts with a 1-hour trip to Rovinj. You will have 2-hours to explore here before boarding a traditional wooden boat to discover the Lim Fjord.  As you sail up the Fjord, enjoy breathtaking views while you tuck into a grilled fish, meat, or vegetarian lunch served onboard. Enjoy a glass of wine while your captain takes you to a pirate cave for a photo stop. Further up the Fjord, you will arrive at Vrsar village for your final stop of the day. Relax on the beach, have a swim in the sea, or explore the charming town before returning to Poreč at around 4:30 pm.

From Poreč: Boat Day Trip to Rovinj with Fish Lunch

4. From Poreč: Boat Day Trip to Rovinj with Fish Lunch

Explore the Istrian coast on this roundtrip cruise from Poreč to the town of Rovinj. Spend some free time wandering through the cobbled streets of Rovinj. Savor a delectable fish lunch onboard. Make a stop to explore Vrsar or to swim at Limski Kanal. Meet at the main port in Poreč and check in before departing on the spacious boat. Capture pictures of the west coast of Istria as you sail along. Stop in Rovinj and have some free time to explore the Old Town and make your way to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia or visit one of the pebble beaches. Head back to the boat for a fresh fish lunch and an aperitif. Depending on if the season is right for swimming, continue to Limski Kanal or Vrsar. At Limski Kanal, dive into the clear water and explore the pirate cave. In Vrsar, explore the bell tower and parish church in the historical center. Enjoy panoramic views of Vrsar from the boat before returning to the starting point in the port of Poreč.

Rovinj: Guided Walking Tour

5. Rovinj: Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide just outside the local farmers' market located in the lower town. Your guides will be a local person who was born in the city. Throughout the tour, they will present Rovinj in an authentic way and will be happy to answer all of your questions. Arrive at Valdibora Square, the first area people see when approaching Rovinj from the North. Find out exactly where the channel and respective bridge used to be. Discover how the channel was landfilled 1000 years ago, making Rovinj an island. Then, walk along Carera Street and get an idea of the wealth accumulated through trade in olive oil, fish, and wine in the 18th century. Stop at the waterfront, a must-see destination and the perfect spot for an Aperol Spritz. Navigate through the maze of cobbled streets towards the old Jewish Ghetto and stables area. Follow the ancient city walls to the top of the hill where the magnificent Saint Euphemia church watches over the city. End the tour here, the prime location to watch the best sunset in the Adriatic. By the end of the tour, know where locals buy their fruits and vegetables, where the best coffee is made, and where to find sublime cakes and gelato which will leave you breathless. Gain a local point of view on many topics - something that you won't be able to find in any guidebook.

Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

6. Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

Be collected at your accommodation in Zagreb and drive for approximately three hours to Pula. This is the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The city was founded by an ancient tribe in the 10th century B.C. and it was well known by Greek travelers and sailors so is mentioned in many Greek myths. In the 1st century, the Romans made the city strong and today the vivid remains of this era can be explored. Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world and will take you back in time as you imagine gladiators battles. Other examples of Roman architecture to discover are the Temple of Augustus and the gates to the city including the Arch of the Sergii and the gate of Hercules.  Continue your journey for 45 minutes to Rovinj. This city was also founded by the Istrian tribes. It was built on a small island close to the mainland and in the 18th was connected to it. It was ruled for five centuries by Venice so both the Italian and Croatian languages are spoken in the city. During this period of occupation, walls were built around the city and the remains are standing still today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored because with every step you take you are compelled to take another photograph. Travel another 45 minutes to Porec. The Old Town is almost 2000 years old and is most famous for the Euphrasian Basilica, from 1997. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Notice the roman influence and architecture in the city as you walk through the main streets, still preserved in their original form.

From Vrsar: Half Day Pirate Boat Tour to Rovinj

7. From Vrsar: Half Day Pirate Boat Tour to Rovinj

Set sail in Vrsar, near Poreč, on board a pirate boat along the beautiful Istrian coastline to reach and discover the stunning fishing port of Rovinj. Head south and experience a unique view of the west coast of Istria and the deep blue Adriatic Sea. Your crew will provide you with drinks and will be happy to answer your questions about the geography, history, and culture of the peninsula. After a 45 minute cruise, reach the port of Rovinj and freely explore the picturesque town. Stroll along the harbor and through the narrow streets, discover the historic old town, or try Croatian specialties in one of the many restaurants. Visit one of the nearby beaches or indulge in some ice cream at one of the many cafes. Finally, hop on board once again and sail back to Vrsar.

From Vrsar: Boat Trip to Rovinj and Lim Fjord

8. From Vrsar: Boat Trip to Rovinj and Lim Fjord

Board the boat in Vrsar and start the cruise towards Rovinj. Enjoy a complimentary welcome drink and relax as the boat cruises along the sea. Disembark at Rovinj and spend 2-hours exploring the city. After you’ve seen the many beautiful sights of the Rovinj, jump back on board and head to Lim Fjord. At Lim Fjord, you can visit the pirate cave and enjoy a relaxing swim. After 40 minutes at Lim Fjord, head back to Vrsar. The boat trip will come to an end at around 4:30 PM in Vrsar.

Porec: Boat Cruise with Barbecue Lunch

9. Porec: Boat Cruise with Barbecue Lunch

See the stunning coastline of Croatia from a different perspective on a boat cruise with barbecue lunch. Pass rugged cliffs and sandy coves as you sail across the crystal-clear waters off the coast of the towns of Rovinj and Porec. Drop anchor in a beautiful bay to swim or snorkel, or just relax on deck and soak up the sun. Stop for lunch in Rovinj, where the tall townhouses and narrow cobblestone streets of the seaside town resemble Venice in miniature. Next, cruise around the islets off the coast of Vrsar. See the wooded bays and hidden coves of the archipelago from the water. Make your way to Lim Bay, where freshwater flows into the sea from numerous underground springs.

Rovinj: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

10. Rovinj: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Your tour will begin with Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you can meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the proteus (olm), up close.  From here the tour extends to the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. 

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What people are saying about Rovinj

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,366 reviews

Great day trip with nice guides, good food and a varied program. For the price, the trip is highly recommended. For lunch on the Lim Canal there was a choice of grilled fish or meat (chicken and bratwurst) with coleslaw, tomatoes and bread, which tasted delicious. They even provided complimentary wine and water. The stops in Rovinj and Vrasar are definitely worth a visit. Both swimming in the sea and shopping were possible. Unfortunately, drinks on board are a bit expensive (small water €2.50), which is usually the case. We liked it very much, gladly again!

For us, the tour ended up being a personal and private tour of Inner Istria with Sini, and what an exceptional and personable guide he is. He is proud of his country, and rightly so. Spectacular. His area and historical knowledge knows no end, a truly wonderful day, capped off with a wonderful lunch in Montovun.

I really don't know what could be done better! It was informative with some insider tips. The guide is very personable and his English is easy to understand. Highly Recommended!

Staff very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately there was a lot of wind, but the trip was nice, and the lunch was very good (even the seagulls were attacking us).

Was a wonderful day. Everything perfectly arranged