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Rovinj is a relatively undiscovered gem on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. The old town stands on a headland, with houses tightly crowded down to the seafront. A tangle of cobbled streets leads to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia, whose towering steeple dominates the skyline and watches over the colourful facades of venetian buildings. The city at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia is the favourite gathering place of artists from all over the world.
Rovinj manages to combine its rich tradition with modern times. As a working fishing port, one can experience the atmosphere of a small fishing village, especially during the popular fishermen’s festivities or at one of the traditional taverns called Spacio (in the past, very popular among fishermen). On the other hand, the town has been developing an exquisite gastronomy based on fresh local produce, mainly directly from the sea such as fried sea anemones, “brodet” (a type of fish stew), fried Picarels with kale and so on.
A charming, traditional fishing village where the laid-back pace of life invites long lunches of freshly caught fish, amongst the smell of fresh fruit and vegetables. Outside the main town one can find an array of bays and small coves, mainly combining rocks with pebble and fine gravel. Some of the beaches offer easy access to the sea, whilst there are also rocky parts reserved for good swimmers. The crystalline blue sea offers a rich undersea life and is ideal for snorkelling, as well as for diving.