'So large, if you lived twice you wouldn't get to know it and so small that you can carry it in your heart'
Rovinj by Gordan Vunak
The first written data about Rovinj is dated from the 7th century when the town was inhabited by Slav tribes that took on fishing and sailing.
Every story about Rovinj has to mention an unusual story about a sailing stone sarcophagus that was washed ashore on the beach of Rovinj in the 800 AD. When the surprised citizens opened the sarcophagus they found a body of a young girl and a pergament reading: ‘This is the body of Saint Eufemia, virgin and martyr from Calcedon, daughter of a noble senator, born for heaven on September the 6th year 304 AD’. The Christian martyr is still the patron saint of Rovinj. The beginnings of tourism in Rovinj are connected to medieval pilgrimages in honour of St. Eufemia.
During the Venetian rule on the northern Adriatic in the 13th century, Rovinj leaned over to the Venetians in order to preserve its mercantile and nautical interests. After the short Napoleon rule, the Austrians came to power in 1813. During this time Rovinj developed in an industrial, naval and cultural sense.
Today the Rovinj riviera is marked by a dozen hotels, camps, marinas and bathing resorts. Numerous restaurants, summer festivities, sports’ recreations and beautiful beaches are there to guarantee a pleasant and interesting vacation.