The afternoon we arrived in Rovinj, we walked through the Polaris campsite, which was what the receptionist at our site recommended to do, to access the beach. As we walked through the site, we were amazed at the beauty of the coastline and the little bays. We were uncertain where the campsite ended as it seemed to go on and on.
There were numerous restaurants, bars, swimming pools one with flumes, tennis courts and a lovely path that went on for about 8km along the coast to Rovinj. It was so lovely lined with fragrant pine trees and every turn there was another beautiful bay in front of us that we felt almost drunk with excitement at what we had discovered. We walked about 4km that afternoon then decided to come back the following day on our bikes.
It was only the second time out on our bikes this trip (I prefer walking, really and am not very confident on a bike), so I think we were a bit ambitious to ride the 8km into Rovinj. It was so lovely, with surprises around each corner, that I didn’t want to turn back. We did say that if we got into town and I didn’t feel I could ride back, we could get a taxi. We have fold-up bikes, so getting them in the boot shouldn’t be a problem. We stopped off at a beach to see the picture of me splayed out on the grass. I was exhausted. We then continued cycling towards the town as, at this point, we could see it just across the bay.
Lunch was at the Marina just before we got into the town. Once we got to the start of the town, we parked & locked the bikes up at a bike rack outside a restaurant and walked around on foot. As if the journey there was not amazing enough the town of Rovinj was stunning. We are definitely going back to spend a whole week there at some point in the future.
Rovinj – A very special town
The town of Rovinj is very beautiful & quaint, with winding cobbled streets leading through little alleyways that are full of tiny shops and art shops. The shops don’t sell the usual tacky souvenirs but really nice jewellery, clothing and lots of handmade items. Some of the shops almost seem as if the Croatian people had opened their homes up to sell their wares.
The town felt very magical with plenty of history and architecture, colourful old buildings and the most wonderful breathtaking views. There are lots of bars and cafes around the harbour which is full of boats. The daily market sells fruit & veg, olive oil, truffle oils, lavender bags and much more.
There are so many amazing places to visit in Croatia that we sometimes hire a car.