Houses inside the old core of the town, penned side by side, hide many charming details. When strolling around one has to be very curious and peek into into every corner. Lack of space at the penninsula called for creativity in finding solutions that at the end created so many enchanting details.
Some of the streets in the old core of the town are so narrow, if you spread both of your hands you can touch the opposite walls. All you need to hope, when entering into it, that somebody isn't coming from the opposite direction.
Must be very complicated moving mobiles in and out under such an short and not high passage. There are a number of such an short and small passages in the old core of the town. That makes the special charm of this place.
This is the same spot as the previous photo but reversing at the other side on the top of the street where the Cathedral is situated.
In spite of the stone made houses and the walls aroud it, there are many gardens with lots of flowers and trees in it.
Ova skalinada je savršeno mjesto za ljetni nocni party, nalazi se na krajnjoj istocnoj strani poluotoka tik uz more, što pretpostavlja da u vecernjim satima blagi povjetarac ugodno rashladjuje.
Dobro društvo, ugodna muzika i hladno pivo, tko da poželi više od toga. Ah da, još i jedan komad pride (ovo komad možeš shvatiti u oba roda).
Most of the streets in the old core of the town are short and very narrow, it is the way to be protected from the strong wind, called Bura, and the summer heat.
Besides, it is a very practicle way to dry the loundry. You may like it or not but it gives a very pitoresque look of the town, which is very characteristic in whole Mediterranean area.
According to the Lonely planet, the Limska Draga Fjord is the most dramatic sight in Istria. This is a bit of an exaggeration I think and there are several other places I would award this title to. In some sources it's described as the Limska Kanal and this is a more realistic description. A relic of the last ice-age, the inlet is about 9km long and 60m wide. Turning in from the sea it has little appearance of a fjord but as you move further in the cliiffs do become higher and more dramatic. Cruising along here in 20 degree Autumn sunshine is idyllic but if you're expecting a Norwegian-style fjord ( like a small optimistic part of me was) then you'll be a little disappointed. It's more like cruising up a river valley with high wooded escarpments on both sides. For some reason the Hudson River and the Danube kept coming to mind. The head of the fjord looks distinctly Canadian or Upper NY State, but what should have been peace, perfect peace was shattered by the roar of souped-up hotrods and the blare of their radios. We had a beer on the terrace of one of the restaurants and anticipated the journey back to Rovinj with pleasure.
This trip, which lasted four hours, cost just EUR15 each and included free grappa, wine, water or orange juice.These liquid refreshments were served by a very entertaining Croatian who assured us he'd made them all himself. This guy was layng it on with a trowel for the tourists and us tourists, assisted no doubt by the free drink, were lapping it up. I sampled the wine and found it more like cider than any wine I was aware of. But the sun was shining and everyone was having a good time so I had one or two more ....... A great afternoon.
Actually in Slovenia but offered as a day trip from Rovinj (and many other resorts).
This is one of the best tourist caves anywhere, a lengthy trip starting with an electric train ride into the cave and plenty of variety inside.
The bad news is that it's a long journey from Rovinj and the coach trips all seem to include a visit to the Lipica horse stud. I'm sure horsey types get very excited to see a horse standing on its hind legs and walking backwards but for normal people this is a complete waste of time. I guess they are trying to increase the interest of the trip and justify the legthy journey but I'd have preferred a visit to Predjama Castle instead.
The Speleo adventure is an approx 5 hour caving experience but the focus is on vertical rope techniques (abseil with mechanical descendeur and climb with mechanical prusik devices). Fine if you want to learn those techniques but most of the the underground trip is taken up with the vertical descents/ascents. The cave visited is rather uninspiring and won't spark an interest in going caving in future.
You may be better to visit the Baredine tourist cave instead.
Only a quick ferry-ride off the beaten path, Red Island is an absolute must-visit on a trip to Rovinj. There is a large hotel on the island, the Hotel Istra but if you ignore that and veer left on landing it's another world. A wide stone path lined with columns leads up through the trees and you get the feeing that you're headed for a Greek or Roman temple. It's actually just the remains of a castle and Benedictine monastery but it's absolutely perfect. Lots of Cypress trees here as well as other Mediterranean vegetation, beds of lavender and a jumble of overgrown shrubs. At the top of the steps you look back at the sea and feel grateful to be in such a beautiful place. Beyond the Istra a causeway connects Red Island to the densely wooded Island of Sveti Andreij. Over here you can really be on your own and if you want to have the world to yourself , once you keep away from the parts used a naturist resort , it seems quite possible.Leaving Creveni Otok, guarded by its majestic stone lion, you promise yourself you'll come back. A promise I sincerely intend keeping.
The ferry to Red Island leaves the dock in Rovinj at regular intervals. Just go along and wait for the next one.
About half-way up Lim Fjord is Romauld's cave.When the boat docks you climb up about 50 steps through the trees and crumbly soil. At the top, rather incongrously, is a sort of viewing point of the type you'd expect to see in a ship - a sort of crows nest. Two people at a time can climb up here to photograph the surrounding area and of course each other. Not feeling like a crow and decidedly woozy from the wine/cider, I declined.
Romauld the Hermit and former member of the Benedictine order came to live in this cave around 1002. His previous home at Captain's Cave was too accessible to visitors ( probably Quo Vadis trippers ) so he moved to this cave with the small church of St Martin above. Scrambling about in side was quite interesting and an opportunity of actually geting up on those cliffs I'd been gazing at all afternoon. The cave is about 105m deep with plenty of rocks to act as built-in furniture. Nice view over the fjord as well - what more could any hermit want ?
Apparently he lived here in this cave and had no contact with another human being apart from one sheperd. When he left in 1005 it became a place of pilgrimage for visitors. Poor Romauld would turn in his solitary hermit's grave if he saw the numbers of people trailing up and down to his front door these days. It's definitely worth the hike up here for the view but be careful going down because the handrail is broken in several places.
"Only a few kilometers west of Kanfanara the remains of the mediaeval town of Dvigrad are located, which still dominates in the Lim Draga."
more infos: http://www.inforovinj.com/eng/rovinj/dvigrad.asp
Familiar Sea gulls are everywhere at home in Rovinj ! As soon as they identify something that can be eaten, one or several of them will arrive. They can be a nuisance as they will also look for bins and take everything out of it !
When the strings are not loaded with freshly washed linen, these "ready for anything" strings can be used to hang carpets, tablecloth or blankets. There seems to be always something that needs to be hang in the sun !
In other alleys, when everything is white, both the houses and the linen, these garlands do not bring any color but anyhow, add some shade in the alley and when they flap in the wind, it seems that the city is singing.