Captivating Croatia: Part 8 – Activities in Rovinj, Croatia – Discovering the Old Town

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I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for the last several years.  I heard wonderful things about the country and how beautiful (and relatively affordable) it was compared to the rest of Europe.  It’s located in Eastern Europe and is just a few hours from Italy.

Last year, my friends and I organized a group trip to visit Rovinj, a small coastal town on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.  It’s a gorgeous town full of romance.  Everything is stunning there, from the streets to the houses.  The food is also excellent.

We went for a kizomba dance festival.  Later in the trip report series, I will introduce you to kizomba and describe what an incredible dance it is!  The dance festival was amazing and Croatia is definitely a place I want to return and spend more time exploring!  The trip’s retail cost was ~$17,000 but I paid ~$900.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Rovinj Is Gorgeous and Still Has Old-World European Charm

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Activities in Rovinj, Croatia

Walking Around the Old Town

Rovinj is a beautiful village by the Adriatic Sea.  One day, we spent some time exploring the town.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Hanging out With Friends by the Harbor in Rovinj

We found a cute little boy selling seashells.  He was an enterprising fellow because he quoted us a price over 2X higher than what we finally paid. 🙂

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

He Sells Sea Shells by the Sea Shore?  This Kid Was a Trip!

We continued winding around the streets.  The main lanes were busy with tourists, but it wasn’t even close to as crowded as the touristy streets in Rome, Venice, and Paris.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

The Streets Were Busy With Tourists and Locals Visiting the Many Little Shops and Cafes

We passed cobblestones streets with outdoor cafes and restaurants.  It was the perfect spot to enjoy some refreshing local Croatian white wine and fresh seafood.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Lots of Cute Spots for a Glass of Wine or a Quick Meal With Friends

The town was so picturesque.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Wandering the Streets of Rovinj Let Us See How the Locals Live

Soon we stopped to enjoy a glass of champagne at a restaurant by the sea.  The views were spectacular.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Now This Is How to Relax! Sea Breezes, Sunshine, and Champagne!

We were in a rush to get back home, so we didn’t stay for dinner.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

It Was so Much Fun Exploring With My Friends!

Another evening, we passed by another side of town.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

You Can Stroll or Ride Your Bike Along the Shore.  Or Relax on a Bench and People-Watch!

The clouds hovering over the village inspired me to take this photo.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Like a Postcard!  The Views in Rovinj Were Amazing

Rovinj is such a pretty town.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

We Had a Wonderful Time Wandering Through Rovinj and Enjoying the Great Weather

There are outdoor cafes to enjoy drinks with friends.  I loved this place I found on my last evening in Rovinj.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Such a Cute Spot! Rovinj Is Full of Quaint Cafes Like This One

The inside was very inviting, too!

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

I Especially Liked the Stone Walls and Eclectic Artwork

The town is also gorgeous at night, when the moon and the soft glows of the street lamps light up the city.

Activities In Rovinj Croatia Discovering The Old Town

Rovinj Was Active at Night, Too! Many Folks Were Out for Dinner or Drinks in the Local Cafes and Restaurants

Bottom Line

Rovinj is a gorgeous town, both during the day and in the evening.  English is widely spoken, and the town itself is very safe.  My friends and I were surprised to see that locals’ bikes were not even locked up!

The cobblestone streets and seaside location rivaled towns I’ve seen in the rest of Europe, for a fraction of the price.

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