Set on a small peninsula, jutting out to the sea, Rovinj is not only one of the hottest destinations in Croatia, but it’s also the most romantic town in all Croatia.
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What makes Rovinj a perfect destination for couples
- Did you see that photo above? Seriously, do you need more convincing?
- On the night of St. Lawrence the entire town is candle-lit. Is there anything more romantic than that?
- Restaurants here are charming, and many serve a serious food. Their decor, their menus, their cozy outdoor terraces, everything is perfectly set for a romantic dinner.
- Valentino, Rovinj’s popular bar, serves awesome (although expensive) cocktails . The bar’s terrace is set on the rocks just few steps from the sea.
- Rovinj is popular for, hm, its beaches for adults. Yes, you got it right, naturism is popular in Rovinj.
- Wonderful islands of St. Andrew and St. Catherine are perfect places for a romantic walk.
- Every June, Rovinj hosts big Salsa and Sensual Days events.
- A ride in batana, a traditional fishing boat, at dusk will set a perfect note for a romantic evening.
Things to do in Rovinj for couples
- Have a drink at Valentino cocktail bar. This is a popular bar with an outdoor terrace set right above the sea with the views over St. Catherine Island. Just grab a pillow and find a rock to sit down. Perfect setting for a romantic evening.
- Climb St. Eufemija bell tower. The church of St. Eufemija, Rovinj’s patron saint, sits on the top of the hill overlooking the town. The bell tower is an exact replica of St Mark’s Campanile in Venice. The views from the top are great!
- Visit St. Andrew Island and have a romantic meal at the restaurant Lanterna. St. Andrew (known also as a Red Island) is located a 15-minute boat ride from Rovinj. It’s a pretty little island with one hotel, and an old castle that belonged to family Hütterot, nice gardens, energy fields and a mausoleum.
- Visit St. Catherine Island for a nice walk through its old gardens. St. Catherine Island is closer to the town, just a short 5-minute boat ride away. You can spend a day swimming, walking hand-in-hand through its wonderful gardens, and profit from the best views of the old town.
- Take a sunset boat ride in a batana, a traditional fishing boat from Rovinj. This rowing ride starts at sunset at Mali Molo and it circles the peninsula with only fishing lights on.
- Bask in the sun at the Mulini Beach. The Mulini Beach is a new beach club in Lone Bay. This is a new hip place to be in Rovinj for a day out swimming. In the evening there is a DJ or live music playing, and it makes it an excellent place for a pre-diner drink.
- Cycle Golden Cape Forrest park. This is a wonderful park, just 15-minute walk from the old town. It’s popular among joggers, cyclists, and rock-climbers. There are also lots of small coves where you can swim.
- Indulge in a multi-course dinner at the Monte or Barba Danilo restaurant. We haven’t dine at the Monte yet, but Barba Danilo is at the moment our favorite spot for eating out in Rovinj. It’s a bit off-the-beaten path, at the outskirts of the town, but definitely worth seeking out.
- Explore cobbled streets, alleyways and art galleries in Rovinj’s old town. Rovinj is a maze of alleys, cobbled streets, and passages. Just get lost there for hours, and enjoy its beauty.
- Attend one of many summer jazz concerts. Since 2010, the town of Rovinj organizes a series of jazz concerts throughout the season (from May to September). Some take place in the old town, other in the old tobacco factory, or at the Lone hotel.
- Have a glass of wine at San Tommaso or Piassa Grande wine bar. Istria is a popular wine-growing region. Those two wine bars are a good place to taste local wines, while people watching. San Tommaso wine bar is located at the seafront promenade, while Piassa Grande is located on Veli Trg square in the old town.
The best accommodation in Rovinj for couples:
- Art Hotel Adriatic – A small boutique style hotel is located on the old town’s main square. In 2015 it went through extensive renovation, and it’s scheduled to reopen in early July 2015. Artistic theme prevails throughout the property: 15 artists helped shape up this hotel with their original art works. Adriatic features 18 state-of-art rooms, bar, and a brasserie. Room prices start from 80€ per night.
- Luxury Hotel Monte Mulini – The best luxury hotel in all Croatia (seriously!), hotel Monte Mulini is also a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. We love Mulini for its top-notch service, intimate atmosphere, great food, and lovely new beach club. Rooms are spacious, each one has a balcony or a terrace. Some suites are located in an annex building. Room prices start from 150€ per night.
- Island Hotel Katarina – This mid-range hotel is located on a small St. Katarina Island, just few minutes boat ride from the old town. We love it for its gardens, and awesome views over the old town of Rovinj. Room prices start from 60€ per night.
- Villa Tuttorotto – A stylish hotel located in Rovinj’s old town, offers only 7 rooms. We love its cozy interiors, high-end finishing like hardwood floors, exclusive Italian furniture and awesome views fro the rooms. Room prices start from 120€ per night.
We've hoped you've enjoyed our travel guide to Rovinj for couples. If you'd like to read further check our other posts on Rovinj: best restaurants to eat in Rovinj, things to do in Rovinj, and where to stay in Rovinj. We also have lots of reviews of restaurants in Rovinj, as well as a list of popular events in Rovinj.
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