Rovinj - a gem of Istrian peninsula
Honouring the first summer month, let’s delve into one of the favourite wellness destinations, the little coastal town of Rovinj in Istria, a real gem in historic architecture, great hotels, parks and beaches. The western coast of Istria boasts an excellent location within the Alpe-Adria region, only a one hour drive from Trieste, 2.5 hours from Zagreb and 6 hours from Munich. In addition, an airport in Pula, half an hour from Rovinj city, connects all major EU cities.
The people of Rovinj make their living primarily out of tourism, fishing, agriculture, winemaking and viticulture. Boasting a rich natural and cultural heritage with beautiful landmarks such as the old town, the Golden Cape Park Forest, protected islands and coastal area, Rovinj boasts loyal visitors worldwide.
A pleasant climate and a wide array of sports facilities make Rovinj an ideal host venue for all sorts of wellness experiences, from conferences to meditation retreats and training camps for professional athletes all year round
The average temperature is 13.5°C, warm and semi-dry climate, with more than four months a year without wind. Such a mild microclimate boasts only a few places, Mali Lošinj and the Brijuni archipelago. Around 134 sunny days makes Rovinj the third sunniest spot in the Adriatic. At the same time, it is the least cloudy place.
HISTORY AND CULTURE
The picturesque landscape of Istria will enchant you with its coastline and its inland hills and vineyards; therefore, it deserves the nickname Croatian Tuscany. Rovinj itself was declared a cultural monument in 1963. The limited space led to the construction of narrow buildings, streets and small town squares. Of particular interest in this town centre are the characteristically designed chimneys.
The church of St Euphemia was built in the 18th century, while its facade in Venetian-baroque style was added in the middle of the last century. At the top of the sixty-metre high bell tower stands the copper statue of St.Euphemia, which shows the direction of the wind by turning on a spindle.
Think about what trip would like to go on to know better the region. There are a variety of half-day and full-day trips to get to know all the cultural, gastronomic, natural and sports attractions.
I would like to take you to see Pula’s arena and the magical small city of Bale. My girlfriend has a family house, and I always wonder why she doesn’t move there.
The superb Brijuni National park is another spot not to miss. If you are a fervid truffle lover then head to Motovun for the plate of pasta with truffle.
Life is a journey; enjoy the moment!
People here are the proudest of the products of their land and farms, so every sightseeing is gourmet travel along. If you are a sea eater, there is iconic trattoria Giannino with superb antipasti, pasta Frutti di mare, e fritti misti.
If you are into fine dining, book your dinner at Monte restaurant, run by chef Danijel Đekić and his wife, sommelier Tjitske Đekić-Brusse, this inspiring couple has earned itself a prestigious Michelin star. In addition, it is yearly considered one of Croatia’s best restaurants by Gault Millau.
If you think you need it, make an exception this time, and allow yourself a glass of superb local Malvazija, the most prefered white in the country.
NATURE & ADRENALIN ACTIVITIES
This peninsula is ideal for challenging yourself with free climbing, rafting, kayaking, cycling, and scenic boat rides. Also, try fishing, climbing rocks, jumping with a parachute, or just taking a squad drive.
BOAT TRIPS & DIVING
Discover secret cliffs and romantic bays on a sailboat, or fly like a wind at the speed of the speedboat. Discover the underwater world and beauties of the Rovinj and Vrsar archipelago with the professional staff from the diving centre and explore the mysterious underwater world. Let us organize one sailing day around the islets if you are a sea lover.
You can opt from easy to demanding trails, from 10 to 135 kilometres, with different altitudes. Rovinj, Vrsar, Bale, Svetvinčenat and Kanfanar are your safe haven. You can start new challenges along roads of epic history and stellar landmarks when it comes to experimenting and pushing the boundaries.
WELLNESS and SPA
Being an early riser, I couldn’t wait to get up and step up on the mat in the park with early birds and the rising sun. I spent many days at the hotels in Rovinj, primarily for work, but felt rejuvenated only by being there. It has that resort vibe that puts you at ease as soon as you step there. This magical, colourful combination of blue sea, grey pebble beaches, green pine shade, sun and blue sky makes magic happen. You don’t need any hotel’s luxury to enjoy here. The real luxury is nature, climate, air and a soothing atmosphere.
Hotel Eden Beauty & Spa, a perfect oasis for body and mind restoration, will seduce you with special aromatic massages and intensive face and body cocoons if happened that you long for wellness treatment.
When you go for a simple sunset stroll, you’ll mainly see all passersby greet you with a smile.
It will be when you know you are in the right place.
Join our international group of practitioners this October
RETREAT WITH LARUGA, Rovinj, 3-9 October 2022.
CONNECT TO YOUR HIGHER SELF
The practices of yoga and meditation can help us know our higher self a bit better. Taking time to retreat helps us profoundly understand ourselves so we can have the life we dream of.
Our dreams can manifest from imagination into reality.
I invite you to bravely stand up to the parts of you that hold you back and go to that Retreat.
Your soul will thank you.
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