After weeks of wet and grey, the rainbow signalled sunny times ahead in Istria, Croatia’s Italian region. The area was under Venetian rule from the 13th – 18th century and still retains an Italian feel, enhanced by signs in both languages.
Rovinj’s old town was originally an island, not the peninsula it is today. Protected from pirates, mauraders, and the plague while being close to the mainland, it was desirable real estate and thrived as a trading town. At one time it had 10,000 residents.
The canal was filled in in 1763, connecting the Italians on the island and Slavis on the mainland. The populations integrated, leaving today’s bicultural mix.
Like Split, Rovinj caters to tourists but hasn’t been taken over. There are a few oversized yachts most most of the marina is filled with fishing boats.
This weathervane is the highest point of the old town and Rovinj’s patron saint Euphemia. When she looks out to sea, there will be good weather. When she faces land, sailors should stay home and avoid bad weather.
We got more adventurous at the fish market. This guy with a face that only a mother could love is a monkfish.
One of the best meals yet, the monkfish shared the pan with a sea bass. Both were excellent white fish, although the bass had a flakier texture and the monkfish was quite firm.
One of the highlights from our time in Rovinj was cycling. The tourist office has a great free map with 4 routes. We ended up doing 2 of them and saw gorgeous countryside, farms, ocean, and bumped into several of the Frei Körper Kultur spots that are so popular in the area. Right next to the gated Valalta resort was the Anaconda Swingers Club. Coincidence?
The poppies have been in bloom ever since we arrived in Spain in May and I’ve been trying to get a good shot. They are so vivid they are always a blur to the camera. Perhaps they’re best left to the Impressionists.
Adriatic still life.
Other than church bells, swallows have been the soundtrack of this trip. They are especially active at dusk, swooping around like bats.
You can’t pick your co-workers at the outdoor office.
If you’re in Rovinj, go see Ivan at Travel Horizon at the harbor. He was a great help to us and is an expert on travel in Croatia. Next time we’d love to stay at his Villa Murva or book a boat with a skipper and island hop for a week or two.