Good choice of bars & restaurants

Vrsar Croatia

Located to the north of Rovinj, Vrsar is often called Istria in miniature because it has a medieval hill-top small town towering over a glorious natural harbour and with a number of tiny uninhabited islands.  Add to that the location at the famous Limski Kanal (also called the Lim Fjord) and it is clear to see why the place is so striking.  This canal is one of the region's most dramatic phenomena and is a mix of fresh and sea water: oysters and clams are renowned from here.  There are guided boat tours of the canal and a five hour trip out to the islands with a picnic lunch.

Vrsar itself has a lovely waterfront by the marina with some excellent fish restaurants and the narrow winding streets inland house the places where  the infamous Giacomo Casanova is said to have enjoyed romantic stays with his lovers.  There is even a Casanova festival dedicated to him!  

At the top of the labyrinth of streets is the 19th century church of St Martin and you can climb the tower for great panoramic views.

About 20 minutes walk north of Vrsar town, stands the open air Dusan Dzamonija Sculpture Park set in lovely gardens.  He was one of Croatia'smost famous sculptors and his modernist aluminium and abstract works have drawn comparisons with Miro and Picasso.

From the main road there is a good local bus service connecting most towns and resorts in Istria.

Vrsar has a more laid-back feel than some of the larger Istrian resorts yet during the evening there is a great choice of cocktail bars and bistors on waterfront patios, making it just the spot for the perfect holiday.

In Short

♦ Istria in miniature.

♦ Medieval small hill top town.

♦ 20 minutes walk from the sculpture park. 

♦ Lovely waterfront.

♦ Good fish restaurants.

♦ Laid back feel.

♦ Boat trips