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ROVINJ PHOTO DIARY

09/08/2017
ROVINJ PHOTO DIARY

I’ve visited Rovinj a few times now. And I always leave it impressed and wanting to come back. Since I live on the seaside of Slovenia, Rovinj is relatively close to me, just a short drive away. I love all those seaside cobbled streets and colourful architecture.

For those, who do not know, Rovinj is in Croatia. It is a small charming, fishing town on Croatia’s coastline. It is located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. It has this charm that most of the seaside cities and towns have. You can walk around for hours, enjoy coffee in a coffee shop on tight corners and small squares between alleyways, you can break your neck looking up and admiring and then, you can easily trip and fall on the cobbled stairways. The most appealing and beautiful for tourists is of course the old town of Rovinj, which is also historically protected. Town is full of small churches, old doors, colourful windows, small local shops, monuments, homey restaurants and bars and arches. It is such a photogenic little town, Instagram perfection I would say.

Where to sleep?

While I was in Rovinj I had slept in the Island Sveta Katarina Hotel. Mostly I fell for this hotel because it is situated in a basically private island just a short boat drive away from the old town. I had a room on the side of the hotel overlooking the whole Rovinj. A million dollar view some would say. It is not a very expensive hotel, it is affordable. I’ve spent a weekend here but I would easily stay longer. Since this hotel is on a basically private island it means it includes everything. You can find a private quiet spot on the beach (sunbeds are free for the guests of the hotel), no one distracts you or bothers you, you can go wherever you want, there is plenty of shadow to hide from the burning sun, the water is crystal clear as it is known for the Croatian sea. They also have a big pool. You can take a walk around the whole island, relaxing and admiring views of Rovinj. You wont be hungry or thirsty on this island because they offer a various line of restaurant and bars. The breakfast? Oh the breakfast. Whatever you want. Fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs any way you want, pancakes, jams, various bread, croissants… The breakfast itself is worth going back. The hotel arranges a boat to and from the island which is free of charge (for guests of course) that leaves every hour. What more can you wish for?

What and where to eat?

First restaurant I would recommend is Scuba restaurant. It is on the promenade and it is not hard to find. It has a small charming terrace and delicious variety of seafood, the kind and caring stuff is just a plus. I had octopus carpaccio if I remember correctly and sea food pasta. Both delicious. I’m a sucker for seafood. Also, the white house wine is good. The second restaurant we had lunch in is Maestral restaurant. They have a bigger terrace overlooking the old town of Rovinj. I ordered a sea food platter and a portion of different mussels, again both delicious and affordable. In both restaurants they offer a selection of wine, both house wines and wines of other parts of the country, Europe even. I choose these two places based on trip advisor revives and on what I wanted to eat.

Coffee and stuff

Breakfast I had in the hotel restaurant since it was included in the room rate, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t treat myself with another »breakfast« and second coffee. Bar of Adriatic hotel with its couches and inviting interior cought my eye the second I saw it. I choose coffee and a delicious Greek sandwich from their wide menu offer. Both were delicious. I especially value a Greek sandwich that has some crunch and it is not soaked through and through because of tomatoes. I swear, nothing is worse than wet bread. I could sit here on the promenade for hours. Another bar I loved is Mediterraneo Bar which would get you with this little colourful chairs and tables written something like »don’t feed the mermaids« on them. Delicious cold mixed juices, perfect for a hot morning to hide in the shadow. And the third bar I recommend, and try to come here for the golden hour and wait for the sunset because it is more than beautiful is Valentino cocktail and champagne bar. I would recommend to reserve a table or better to say a pillow spot on the rocks because it can get crowdy in the evenings and you need to be lucky to get a spot without reservation. They offer a bunch of champagne mixed cocktails. Delicious. Great for those perfect evenings with friends.

What do to?

Well if you visit Rovinj in the summer there is one obvious thing you can do, beach activities. Rovinj has beautiful beaches and even the one right in the heart of the old town is beautiful. Clear water is more than inviting. Second thing is, explore, wear something that is not high heeled and walk through and through around this town. Shop for local stuff. The more you dig, the more you will find. Avoid those touristic traps on the main alleys but try to find hidden gems. Another one is photography. This town is way too photogenic and even if you are not a pro or you only have a hone camera I guarantee you will catch some amazing shots. The fifth thing is, watch the sunset. If you don’t want to spend money on cocktails or drinks in those bars I mentioned before (and there are plenty others) go sit on the beach, or anywhere else overlooking the west, magical sunset is a deal thing. Visit art galleries. If you make your way all the way up you will get to the St. Euphemia Parish Church, the symbol of the town of Rovinj.

Useful information my way

  • Wear something not slippery! I know, I know, beauty has it costs but those cobbled streets are well, lets just say not very runway like.
  • Get up early and get to the town before everyone else. The morning light, empty streets, and smell of early morning have its special charm.
  • Try to avoid big promenade restaurants with big pictures of the menu at the front, offering everything from pasta to seafood and grilled meat. If possible, find a restaurant before you go out for dinner and call them in advance to reserve a table. It will save you waiting lines.
  • House wine is always cheaper and as good or even better than the bottled fancy one from I do not know where. I don’t know, but house, local wines give that sparkle to the whole experience.
  • If you come here with a car, find a hotel or apartment that offers you free parking since the parking lots right next to the old town are full most of the time.
  • Just wander. No worries, you won’t get lost, there is only one way in and out of the old town and everything is pretty much built in some kind of circles.

SLO

Rovinj sem v preteklosti že obiskala. Ampak še vedno sem nad tem očarljivim mestecem na hrvaški obali popolnoma očarana. Ker živim na slovenski obali je Rovinj zame relativno blizu, manj kot ena ura z avtom. Obožujem kamnite ulice in barvne hiše v tem mestecu.

Za tiste, ki ne veste (težko verjamem, pa mogoče pa je v Sloveniji le kdo), ki ne veste, Rovinj se nahaja na hrvaški obali proti koncu istrskega polotoka. Ima čas tistega obalnega mesteca katerega se drži večina ali pa skoraj vsa obmorska mesteca. Po mestu se lahko sprehajaš ure, opazuješ okolico, spiješ skodelico kave v kamniti ozki ulici in lahko si zlomiš vrat medtem ko opazuješ stavbe okoli. Pa vendar, lahko se tudi spotakneš ob kamnito pot in viseče spolzke kamne. Seveda najlepši in najprivlačnejši del je staro mestno jedro, ki je pod zgodovisnko zaščito. Poleti se tu tare turistov, ki oblegajo že tako ozke uličice. Staro mesto je polno majhnih cerkev, obokov, lesenih vrat in pisanih polken, spomenikov in majhnih lokalnih trgovinic. Izredno fotogenično mestece, primerno za Instagram, kot bi rekla sama.

Kje spati?

V Rovinju sem spala v hotelu Sveta Katarina, na istoimenskem otočku. Nad hotelom sem se navdušila predvsem zato, ker je zgrajen na dobesedno privatnem otoku, ki je le nekaj minut stran od starega mestnega jedra, s čolnom seveda. Moja soba, oziroma terasa moje sobe je bila obrnjena proti Rovinju in mi je omogočala čudovit pogled na celotno mesto, staro mestno jedro. Čudovit razgled. Hotel ni pretirano drag, cene sob in hrane v njem so znosne. V hotelu sem bila za vikend, dve nočitvi, vendar bi z lahkoto ostala veliko dlje. Ker je hotel praktično na samo svojem otoku ponuja praktično vse. Z lahkoto lahko vsak najde svoj privatni kotiček na plaži v senci borovcev ali na skalah na soncu (ležalniki so za goste hotela brezplačni). Nihče te ne nadleguje, počneš lahko kar ti srce poželi. Morje je kristalno čisto, kot je za Hrvaško značilno in otok premore tako urejene dele plaže kot tudi divji del. Zraven hotela pa se nahaja tudi velik bazen. Če ti ni do ležanja na plaži se lahko po otoku prosto sprehajaš in je možen sprehod okoli in okoli celotnega otočka, ki ponuja čudovit razgled na samo mesto. Tudi za lačne in žejne je poskrbljeno, saj na otoku najdemo več restavracij in barov (v neposredni bližini oziroma v hotelu). Kaj pa zajtrk? Oh, zajtrk. Že samo zaradi zajtrka bi lahko tukaj ostala dlje. Karkoli si poželite, razni kruhki, jajca na vse načine, sveže sadnje in zelenjava, rogljički in domače marmelade. Hotel ima organizirano barko, ki prevaža ljudi, goste hotela, v mesto in nazaj na otok, ladnjica pa gre vsako uro če se pravilno spomnim. Kaj bi si lahko človek želel boljšega?

Kaj in kje jesti?

Prva restavracija v kateri sem bila na večerji in katero bi priporočila je Scuba Restaurant na promenadi. Ni je težko najti. Ima luškano manjšo teraso z menijem ki ponuja krasen nabor morske hrane, prijazna in dosledna postrežba je le plus. Za predjed sem imela carpaccio hobotnice in za glavno jed špagete z morskimi sadeži. Obožujem morsko hrano in obe jedi sta mi bile zelo všeč. Prav tako ponujajo zelo dobro hišno vino, jaz sem pila belo. Naslednja restavracija v kateri pa sem naslednji dan bila na kosilu se imenuje Maestral Restaurant, restavracija je skoraj zraven pomola kjer odhajajo in prihajajo barčice za bližnje otoke, ima večjo teraso in ponuja čudovit razgled na mesto. Tokrat sem jedla krožnik sestavljen iz različnih morskih dobrot in pa za zraven še porcijo mešanih školjk. Ponovno, oboje dobro. Tudi cene niso zasoljene. V obeh restavracijah poleg hrane ponujajo širok izbor vin, tako hišnih kot tudi »zunanjih«. Obe restavraciji sem izbrala na podlagi ocen na strani Trip advisor in glede ponudbe.

Kava in ostalo

Zajtrk sem imela v hotelu, ker je bil že vključen v ceno sobe, ampak jaz seveda ne bi bila jaz če si ne bi privoščila še drugega zajtrka in kave nekje v mestu. Bar Hotela Adriatic je moj pogled ujel predvsem z vabljivimi naslonjači in stoli. Hotel stoji na sami promenadi in imajo lokal urejen takoj zraven. Iz širokega menija ponudbe zajtrkov in brunchov sem si izbrala veliko kavo in grški sendvič. Še posebej zares cenim grški sendvič, ki je še vedno hrustljav in kruh ni razmočen zaradi vsebine le tega. Prisežem, da nič ni hujšega kot razmočen kruh. Na kavču bi lahko sedela ure in samo leno opazovala dogajanje. Lokal, ki mi je bil zares všeč je tudi Mediterraneo Bar, čisto ob morju, kjer pritegnejo predvsem pisani stoli in mize z izvirnimi napisi (naprimer, ne hranite morskih deklic). Poleg običajne ponudbe napitkov in koktejlov ponujajo sveže sokove, ki se več kot priležejo v vročih dneh. Drugi oziroma tretji lokal, ki pa me je zares očaral je Valentino cocktail and champagne bar. Lokal se prav tako nahaja ob morju in če le imate možnost ga obiščite v času sončnega zahoda. Sicer bi priporočala, da mizo oziroma svoj »kotiček na skalah« rezervirate, saj se ob večernih urah zelo hitro napolni. Ponujajo pa odlične šampanjec koktejle.

Kaj početi?

Če Rovinj obiščeš poleti je ena stvar očitna, plaža. Rovinj ponuja lepe plaže in tudi tista, ki se nahaja v samem mestu je urejena in lepa. Čista, modra voda kar vabi. Druga stvar, ki jo lahko počnete v rovinju je, da pohajkujete, raziskujete. Nakupujte lokalne spominke, bolj kot se boste zgubili v ulicah, bolj globoko kot boste hodili lepše stvari boste našli. Ogibajte se tistim trgovinicam na glavnih ulicah, najboljše stvari so vedno skrite. Naslednja stvar, ki jo lahko počnete je fotografirajte. Mesto je zelo fotogenično in četudi niste profesionalec in se kameri najbolj približate tisti na telefonu vam garantiram, da bodo slike lepe. Še ena stvar, ki je nekako obvezna če obiskujete Rovinj, je opazovanje sončnega zahoda. Če niste pri volji, da bi zapravljali za pijače in koktejle ali večerje v lokalih ob morju si lahko na plaži ali kje drugje poiščete svoj kotiček za opazovanje čarobnosti. Mestece je polno umetnostnih ateljejev in galerij in če se boste po majhnih ulicah vzpenjali boste na koncu prišli do cerkve St. Euphemia, ki je simbol mesta.

Informacije po moje

  • Obujte nekaj nedrsečega! Ja, ja saj vem, da je za lepoto včasih potrebno potrpeti, ampak te kamnite uličice in gladka podlaga so manjše prektletstvo.
  • Vstanite zgodaj in se ob sončnem vzhodu odpravite v mesto, pred vsemi drugimi. Jutranja svetloba in prazne ulice imajo svoj čar.
  • Skušajte se izogniti velikim restavracijam, ki ponujajo ogromne menije s slikami pred vhodi. Navadno je tako, da manjše restavracije z manjšo ponudbo ponujajo bolj okusno. Če imate le možnost preverite restavracijo prej na internetu in rezervirajte mizo, da bi se ognili neprijetnemu čakanju ali prezasedenosti.
  • Hišno vino je vedno ravno tako dobro ali pa celo še boljše kot draga buteljka. Hišna vina navadno še dodajo nek poseben čar celotni večerji, kosilu.
  • Če mesto obiščete z avtomobilom potem vam svetujem, da najdete hotel, ki ponuja brezplačno parkiranje saj so parkirišča, zlasti tista pri starem mestnem jedru zasedena.
  • Zadnji nasvet, ki pa vam ga lahko dam je da se slepo sprehajajte. Možnosti, da bi se izgubili skoraj ni saj so ulice v mestu nekako kar krožne in vedno se pride ven na glavno promenado.

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