Disclosure: We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do. American Express, Barclaycard, Capital One, Chase, Citibank and US Bank are Million Mile Secrets advertising partners. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or endorsed by our partners. Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure.
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.
Captivating Croatia Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Introduction and Planning
- Part 2 – Admirals Club Lounge, New York (JFK)
- Part 3 – Air Berlin Flight to Croatia
- Part 4 – Getting to Venice
- Part 5 – A Night in Venice – Gritti Palace Hotel Overview
- Part 6 – A Night in Venice – Gritti Palace Hotel Room
- Part 7 – Apartment in Rovinj Croatia
- Part 8 – Activities in Rovinj Croatia – Discovering the Old Town
- Part 9 – Activities in Rovinj, Croatia – Exploring the Old Church
- Part 10 – Activities in Rovinj, Croatia – Day Trip to Plitvice Lakes
- Part 11 – Activities in Rovinj, Croatia – Dance Festival Review
- Part 12 – Eating in Rovinj, Croatia
- Part 13 – Shopping in Rovinj, Croatia
- Part 14 – Return Flight on Lufthansa
- Part 15 – Conclusion & Reader Giveaway
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
The town was so picturesque.
Soon we stopped to enjoy a glass of champagne at a restaurant by the sea. The views were spectacular.
We were in a rush to get back home, so we didn’t stay for dinner.
Another evening, we passed by another side of town.
The clouds hovering over the village inspired me to take this photo.
Rovinj is such a pretty town.
There are outdoor cafes to enjoy drinks with friends. I loved this place I found on my last evening in Rovinj.
The inside was very inviting, too!
The town is also gorgeous at night, when the moon and the soft glows of the street lamps light up the city.
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.