From the early 1800s to World War II, Italian was Istria’s official language. Even today, many of the old locals still speak Italian, place names have an Italian equivalent and street signs are often dual langeage. Hence, the picturesque Rovinj is also Rovigno.
According to the data of the Tourist Association of the Istrian County, Rovinj is the second leading destination in terms of the number of realized overnights. It is also unofficially considered one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic coast.
Rovinj’s tightly structured old houses will remind you of Cycladic architecture, the same old wind, the same thinking.
The warm terracotas and pinks blend with the natural stone shades and the meditteranean light to give you an italian flavour, right at the heart of Istria.
The word «Konoba» in Croatia refers to family run, traditional dalmatian restaurants where food is homemade and slowly cooked the croatian way. Usually pots and pans are the main decoration. Besides the warm hearty smiles on the owners’ faces.
Some blue paint is left on this charming temple to Madonna, perhaps someone lost someone special, perhaps this is too personal. But still I had to take the photo.
But apparently to get the best views of Rovinj, you have to climb a few more steps, up to the beautiful church of Agia Eufemia.And believe me, its worth all the pain and the sweat!