Rovinj Holidays in Croatia

Istria & Kvarner Holidays

Our Croatia holiday specialists have created a selection of luxury holidays to Istria and island hopping cruises around the Kvarner peninsula

Our Croatia experts have hand picked a range of luxury holidays and cruises around the Istria and Kvarner region especially for you. For those looking to discover more of this beautiful and medieval part of Croatia, we’ve hand crafted a selection of twin and multi-centre holidays and a range of day tours in Istria to make the most of your holiday with us.

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Losinj Island
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Vineyards in Istria

Croatia’s magical and medieval Istria

The beautiful coastal resorts of the Istrian Peninsula are among Croatia’s most treasured jewels – with pretty beaches and glittering blue waters that are ideal for those interested in yachting. Istria is also the best base from which to explore the Kvarner Gulf – taking in a splendid collection of towns, islands and resorts – from lush interior wilds dotted with hilltop villages and quaint converted farmhouse hotels to a verdant coastline which, though intensely busy in the summer is simply divine and one of the best ways to spend a luxury holiday in Croatia.

Rovinj

Characterful Rovinj has attracted the attention of celebrities, artists and aesthetes since the 1950’s – due to its elegant piazzas, antique old town and the enchanting harbour which is filled with small boats and yachts and backed by a curved Italian-like promenade that is full of vibrantly coloured houses.

Porec 

Porec has been nestled on the west coast of Istria since Roman times, and the old town which still stands today has a typical roman street layout, though it’s the town’s Basilica, which is a Unesco World heritage site, which remains one of its biggest draws.

Rabac

Rabac is perhaps best known as one of the largest of Istria’s beach resorts. Located only 5km southeast of Labin, Rabac lies on a sheltered cove with a pebble beach and is backed up by a vast hilly landscape of lush greenery that is dotted by cute townhouses and quaint villages.

Pula

Pula is a stunning Riviera town that the Romans put firmly on the map when they arrived in 177 BC, and bequeathed the town an incredible amphitheatre whose beachside remains are the city’s most revered attraction.

Rab Island

Rab is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the entire Kvarner region. The southwest coast has the pine forests and sun-kissed beaches that the region is known for, while the northeast coast is framed by high cliffs and an almost barren aesthetic

Opatija  

Opatija is the matriarch of Croatian tourism – famed for enticing celebrities from all over Europe during the belle époque, an era, incidentally that lives on in Opatija’s beautiful architecture and wonderfully well manicured parks and gardens.

Lovran

This quaint town is located on the eastern slopes of the Ucka mountain and offers a wonderful, if typically Mediterranean travel destination – which is home to a maze of narrow streets and numerous historical sites.

Losinj Island

Losinj is a tiny island that measures just 20 miles long and 2 miles at its widest. The island is lush with pine forests at its core and trimmed with white sanded rural coastline.

Please read our Insider Guide for more information about these destinations

Our hand crafted luxury package holidays to Istria and the Kvarner Islands

Our Croatia holiday specialists have hand-picked a selection of predominantly 4 and 5 star luxury holidays in Istria and surrounding islands of Rab, Losinj and Cres. These 7 day luxury holidays to Croatia include return flights, private return airport transfers and access to our concierge service, on hand to book any day tours or additional services you require on your holiday.

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Outdoor eating area at Hotel Kastel Motovun

Hotel Kastel, Motovun

Family run gem in medieval Motovun, ideal base to explore Istria. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 499.00
3 Star
The pool area with hotel in the background at Hotel Manora Losinj

Hotel Manora, Losinj Island

Intimate family friendly hotel offering access to a wide range of activities. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 519.00
4 Star
The gorgeous and imposing hotel from the front at the Hotel Villa Eugenia Lovran

Hotel Villa Eugenia, Lovran

Gorgeous historic hotel offering an ideal base to explore Istria. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 599.00
4 Star
Main entrance to the hotel at the Villa Tuttorotto Rovinj

Villa Tuttorotto, Rovinj

Intimate and quaint boutique hotel with on the Istrian peninsula. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
0 out of 5
£ 599.00
4 Star
Exterior view of the hotel at Hotel Villa Kapetanovic

Hotel Villa Kapetanovic, Opatija

New, modern and stylish luxury hotel moments from Opatija. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 609.00
4 Star
amazing view of the hotel, pool and ocean at Villa Annette Rabac

Villa Annette, Rabac

Luxurious & modern boutique hotel with breathtaking views. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 619.00
4 Star
Aerial view of the hotel and the bay at the Grand Hotel Palazzo in Porec

Grand Hotel Palazzo, Porec

A grand hotel in Porec, which oozes luxury and Venetian style. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 629.00
4 Star
The outside of this grand hotel at the Hotel Bristol Opatjia

Hotel Bristol, Opatjia

A grand and imposing hotel in beautiful and opulent surroundings. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 629.00
4 Star
Beautiful art deco style exterior of the Hotel Aribiana Rab

Hotel Arbiana, Rab Island

Beautiful art deco style hotel, in a secluded and un-spoilt location. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 639.00
4 Star
Stunning view of the hotel and ocean at Hotel Draga di Lovrana

Hotel Draga di Lovrana, Lovran

Hilltop boutique hotel with unimaginable views & lots of activities nearby. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
0 out of 5
£ 639.00
4 Star
View of the hotel and pool area at the San Rocco Hotel Brtonigla

San Rocco Hotel, Brtonigla

Intimate & luxurious multiple award winning family hotel. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 649.00
4 Star
Hotel Miramar garden full view

Hotel Miramar, Opatija

Opulent hotel with a wellness area in a Mediterranean-style garden. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 799.00
4 Star
Design Hotel Royal Entrance

Design Hotel Royal, Opatija

Chic 4 star hotel in Opatija, along to the Lungomare sea side promenade. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 799.00
4 Star
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Boutique Hotel Oasi, Pula

Stylish and luxurious boutique hotel with pool and spa, close to Pula. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 799.00
4 Star
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Hotel Arupinum, Rovinj

Luxurious hotel with outdoor pool, near the beach and nature park Zlatni Rt. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 799.00
4 Star
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Family Hotel Amarin, Rovinj

Luxurious family hotel near the beach, with pools, kids facilities and a spa. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 799.00
4 Star
An aerial view in the evening at the hotel and the bay at the Hotel Bellevue Losinj

Hotel Bellevue, Losinj Island

Stunning hotel with extensive spa facilities, ideal Croatia honeymoon resort. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 899.00
5 Star
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Hotel Lone, Rovinj

Luxurious beachfront hotel with excellent facilities, just 1km from Rovinj. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 899.00
5 Star
Boutique hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj

Beautifully designed boutique hotel ideally located in the heart of Rovinj Old Town. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 899.00
4 Star
Hotel Milenij outdoors full view

Hotel Milenij, Opatija

Superb hotel close to Slatina beach and Lungomare sea side promenade. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 925.00
5 Star
A view of the pool and the hotel at the Hotel Monte Mulini Rovinj

Hotel Monte Mulini, Rovinj

Effortless luxury await you at this chic 5 star resort with extensive facilities. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 1,299.00
5 Star
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Boutique Hotel Alhambra, Mali Losinj

Superb hotel with private beach and indoor pool in Mali Losinj, island Losinj. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 1,899.00
5 Star

Our Croatia twin centre holidays in Istria allow you to explore more of Croatia by combining two, three or more destinations.

Our Croatia specialists have hand crafted a selection of Croatia twin centre and multi centre holidays for you to choose from. Our twin and multi centre holidays include return flights, 4 and 5 star hotels we have carefully selected, private return transfers to ensure your arrival and departure is hassle free, and our concierge service to recommend and book any day tours you wish to do.

Want to create your own holiday? No problem, let our specialists work with you to put together a unique twin or multi-centre itinerary which suits your budget and time frame. We can amend your trip as many times as you like prior to confirming everything, to ensure you get the holiday in Croatia you want.

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Rovinj and Opatija 7 Night Twin Centre Holiday

3 Nights in Rovinj and 4 nights in Opatija including return flights and transfers
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£ 699.00
4 Star

Rovinj, Opatija and Zagreb 8 Night Multi Centre Holiday

3 Nights in Rovinj, 3 nights in Opatija & 2 nights in Zagreb in a 4 star hotel. Incl flights & transfers
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£ 895.00
4 Star

Our day tours in Istria help you make the most of your Croatia holiday experience, with less of the hassle and costs involved.

Let our concierge service make your holiday in Croatia even more special by booking one of our selected day tours in Istria. The day tour providers we work with, have been chosen based on their service levels and our customer feedback on them. We can add the cost of any Istria day tours to your holiday and help you avoid the hassle of high credit card charges on foreign transactions or having to carry excessive amounts of cash.

Our Insider Guide and everything you need to know about Istria & Kvarner

Language
Croatian is the official language.

English, German and Italian are widely understood.

Religion

Catholicism

Passports & Visas

Croatia is part of the EU, therefore visas are not required for UK and EU citizens.

Popular Destinations

Rovinj

Characterful Rovinj has attracted the attention of celebrities, artists and aesthetes since the 1950’s – due to its elegant piazzas, antique old town and the enchanting harbour which is filled with small boats and yachts and backed by a curved Italian-like promenade that is full of vibrantly coloured houses. At the centre of the town is the Saint Euphemia Cathedral, whose spire pokes through the cluster of houses towards the blues of the sky – creating a visage that is not too dissimilar to that of Venice’s St. Mark’s when viewed from the water. Rovinj is perfect for a luxury Croatia holiday, as it’s filled with upmarket restaurants, elegant shopping destinations and the most enduringly charismatic of old world Croatian atmospheres. The old town is our favourite place to dine – though its streets offer much more than wonderful restaurants – they are filled with artists studios, chic cafes and shops – all of which, when combined with the cobbled pathways and antique charm of the town – are an absolute pleasure to explore.

Porec

Porec has been nestled on the west coast of Istria since Roman times, and the old town which still stands today has a typical roman street layout, though it’s the town’s Basilica, which is a Unesco World heritage site, which remains one of its biggest draws. Aside from the old town though, Porec has a number of beaches, several spas and a good amount of inland activities such as mountain biking, hunting and golfing, to take advantage of.

Rabac

Rabac is perhaps best known as one of the largest of Istria’s beach resorts. Located only 5km southeast of Labin, Rabac lies on a sheltered cove with a pebble beach and is backed up by a vast hilly landscape of lush greenery that is dotted by cute townhouses and quaint villages. Try Rabac for the villages but be sure to take at least one walk into the hills to admire the views.

Pula

Pula is a stunning Riviera town that the Romans put firmly on the map when they arrived in 177 BC, and bequeathed the town an incredible amphitheatre whose beachside remains are the city’s most revered attraction. The city doesn’t boast much of a seafront, but there’s too much to see inland to justify to spending too much time on the beach anyway. Starting at the Arena, make your way to the Forum which acts as the city square and has architecture dating back to the 10th century, then see the 1st century Triumphal arch Zlatan Vrata and end by touring the city’s many churches.

Rab Island

Rab is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the entire Kvarner region. The southwest coast has the pine forests and sun-kissed beaches that the region is known for (though we’d argue that the best sand beaches are on the northern tip’s Lopar peninsular) while the northeast coast is framed by high cliffs and an almost barren aesthetic. Rab Town supplies the cultural kick and is an utterly charming huddle of medieval stone buildings, which are grouped on a pretty peninsular that is lined with four Romanesque church bell-towers. If you’re not interested in a beach holiday – then Rab makes a perfect spring or autumn destination too – when the climate becomes mild and visitors scarce.

Opatija

Opatija is the matriarch of Croatian tourism – famed for enticing celebrities from all over Europe during the belle époque, an era, incidentally that lives on in Opatija’s beautiful architecture and wonderfully well manicured parks and gardens. The town’s famous shoreline promenade may often be at full capacity but its the best stroll in town along with the main street, which is resplendent with examples of fin-de-siècle architecture. You’ll note that luxurious seafood restaurants are de rigueur both along the stunning seafront and in the fishing village of Volosko close by, and for the more active travellers – you can choose to spend your time sailing, walking Mount Ucka or swimming in the warm embrace of the Kvarner gulf that straddles the shoreline of the town. Opatija is the perfect destination if you are looking to explore the Kvarner peninsula on a Croatia island hopping cruise.

Lovran

This quaint town is located on the eastern slopes of the Ucka mountain and offers a wonderful, if typically Mediterranean travel destination – which is home to a maze of narrow streets and numerous historical sites – including the 13th century parish church of St. Juraj and the gothic Holy Trinity church which sits rather snugly in the town’s harbour. Lovran is well located to explore some of Croatia’s most stunning national parks – including Plitvice, and Brijuni, as well as the islands of Krk, Cres and Rab.

Losinj Island

Losinj is a tiny island that measures just 20 miles long and 2 miles at its widest. The island is lush with pine forests at its core and trimmed with white sanded rural coastline. Two of our favourite settlements on the island include Mali Losinj, whose watery sidewalks bookended with bright baroque houses are not dissimilar to those of Murano in Venice, and secondly the uniquely charming old town of Veli Lošinj whose odd scenic centrepiece is the pink St. Antun Opat Pustinjak church. Those interested with holistic medicine should visit the island’s aromatherapists, spas and cosmeticians who specialise in natural, derived-from-the-land produce. To take in the island from above hike to the viewing point at Mt. St. Ivan at Veli Lošinj.

Beaches

Istria and Kvarner naturally have rocky beaches, which is why the sea is crystal clear and most beaches are awarded with the Blue Flag.

Each coastal town and resort also offers man-made, well maintained beaches made with sand, pebbles, gravel or concrete bathing platforms, often combined with sunbathing lawns and gardens.

Natural sandy beaches are rare, and can be found mostly in Medulin (Istria), on the islands Krk and Rab, and in Crikvenica (Kvarner).

Popular Sightseeing Attractions

The historic town of Rovinj

Istria’s star attraction. Rovinj is a picture postcard destination, untouched and romantic. Often called the ‘Croatian Venice’, its cobbled streets, piazzas, cliff side houses, countless monuments and charming little harbours are too good to miss.

Porec’s Euphrasian basilica

A 6th century World Heritage site with stunning mosaics.

Pula’s amphitheatre

The 1st century amphitheatre, also known as the Pula Arena, used to host gladiatorial contests.

Brijuni archipelago

Veli Brijun, the archipelago’s largest island (and the only one that can be visited) used to be Tito’s summer retreat. Visitors can find a safari park with tourist train, roman ruins, church and a museum about Tito on the island.

Medulin sandy beach

The place to be in Istria if you enjoy sandy beaches. Medulin has a 1km long sandy beach, called Bijeca, offering plenty of facilities. This beach is very suitable for young children.

Hilltop villages

Authentic hilltop villages are the hidden treasures of the Istrian hinterland. Be sure to visit Motovun, Groznjan, Vodnjan, Labin or Pican, just to name a few.

Wine Routes

Some of the best Croatian wines are made in Istria. Visit a few of the many wine makers and listen to interesting stories about the history of Istrian wine, while tasting the finest wines that this region has to offer.

Baredine Cave

This 66m deep cave has five large halls filled with stalagmites and stalactites in unusual shapes.

Opatija’s Lungomare seaside promenade

This 12km long promenade is over 100 years old and without a doubt the most famous promenade in Istria. Besides beautiful sea views, it offers plenty of restaurants, cafes, beaches, 19th century villas and much more.

Rijeka’s Trsat Castle

This 13th century fortress lies on a hill and offers stunning views over the Kvarner Gulf. Besides a castle, the site also offers a church, a Franciscan monastery and an exhibition centre.

Northern Velebit National Park

Part of the Velebit mountain range, the national park is home to many different animals and plant species. Let one of the many hiking trails take you on an adventure through the mountains and the forests, visit caves and enjoy the breath taking sea views from its mountaintops.

Events & Festivals

June

Croatian Summer Salsa Festival

This festival brings fans of Latin music and dancing from around the world together in Rovinj.

July

Tennis Umag

International tennis tournament.

Motovun Film Festival

This charming hilltop town offers one of the best film festivals in Croatia, showing films from all over the world.

Seasplash Festival

This music festival takes place in Pula each year, offering a mixture of acts and genres.

The Histria Festival (July & Aug)

Music and cultural events in the Pula Arena. Program and tickets usually available from May.

August

Outlook Festival

Taking place in Pula each year, it is described as Europe’s largest bass and dubstep festival.

September

Giostra Festival

Historic festival in Porec that takes you back to Baroque times.

Truffle Days (Sept – Nov)

The royal mushroom of Croatia, the truffle, takes centre stage during the Truffle Days. Visitors can go truffle hunting, visit fairs and of course they are presented with the most delicious truffle dishes.

Eating & Drinking

Eating

Try fresh sea food and fish dishes, truffles, prosciutto & cheese from Pag, meat dishes prepared under the ‘peka’ (a typical way of grilling) or one of Kvarner’s famous goulash dishes.

Drinking

Tap water is safe to drink. Croatian mineral water is widely available and of good quality.

Istria offers excellent wines and homemade rakija (brandy).

Shopping

Shops are open on Sunday in Croatia.

There is a wide choice of supermarkets and plenty of daily markets offering fresh food, clothing and souvenirs.

There are several large shopping centres in Istria and Kvarner.

Tipping

Tips are usually included in the bill. If not included, a tip of 10% is appropriate.

Nearest Airports

  • Pula Airport
  • Rijeka Airport
  • Losinj Airport
  • Zagreb Airport
  • Zadar Airport

Discover Rovinj

The Rovinj Tourist Board have produced a fabulous 3 minute video showcasing the beauty, diversity and heritage surrounding this magnificent part of Northern Croatia. Please turn up the sound on your pc and take a few minutes to enjoy this video.