Emily: 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 Venice, Italy, making it a great side trip.
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
Eating in Rovinj
Rovinj has excellent food. You’ll find lots of fresh fish, as well as many meat options. And the local white wine is a perfect complement to any meal!
Gissell heard great feedback about Marinero, so we went there for dinner 1 evening. We were lucky to find a table outside on the street. All the tables were full when we 1st arrived.
We ordered a carafe of white wine to share.
The waiter was very nice and we couldn’t wait to eat. All of the dancing really works up a hunger!
The price of food in Rovinj is generally a little cheaper than what you’ll find in the rest of Europe.
Some days, we did have some fast food to save money and time. We found a little doner kebab eatery, so I ordered one.
I didn’t have high expectations, but my kebab was amazing!!
Plus I didn’t spend much, so that made me happy, too! My huge kebab was only ~$5.
Another day, my friends and I had a leisurely 2 hour lunch at Mikula, a restaurant by the sea.
We ordered mussels and a carafe of Croatian wine to start.
My friend Paolo ordered a variety of meats.
I had croquetas and veggies. Everything was absolutely amazing!
We were lucky enough to have a delicious restaurant, Pineta, close to our apartment, and we stopped here at least 2 to 4 times during the course of our stay.
I had some beef stew gnocchi that was 1 of the best meals I had in Rovinj.
It was delicious!!
In the morning, my friends and I liked to stop at Concettino’s for a coffee and pastries. My favorite were the potato and cheese filled pastries. Yum!
This place was cheap, too, which was an added bonus.
You go in to choose your food. There’s a huge selection.
We enjoyed sampling their different specialties each day.
Everything was baked fresh that day.
We went to Konzum supermarket twice during our stay. We loaded up on fruits, veggies, deli meat, salmon, wine, liquor, and chocolate. This was a great way to save a lot of money because we had a lot of meals at home.
The Konzums in the old town are smaller. We went to 1 by our apartment which was huge!
There was a large selection of everything, including many gluten free foods! We had fun making dinner together 1 evening.
Robbie is an excellent cook and roasted a delicious whole chicken for us!
Rovinj has a very strong Italian influence, so there were many gelato shops. One evening, we had gelato at Gelateria Italia.
It was handmade in the store.
I ordered cookies. It was delicious!!
Rovinj is filled with excellent restaurants. Be sure to try the fresh seafood and local Croatian wine! And the gelato is a must.
You can save money by going to the supermarket and making many meals at an apartment, like we did.