Rovinj is north of Pula on the Istrian peninsula.
There normally aren't as many boats or people in this little tourist town. There was a Red Bull (that's right, Red Bull the energy drink) air show taking place the day we were there. So we got to see a great little town AND planes zooming and doing tricks in the air.
It would seem here that Red Bull really DOES give you wings. But only if you have a propeller.
Rovinj is built on a hill that juts out into the sea. Most of the streets were pretty steep in Rovinj. There weren't any cars as the streets were too steep and narrow. But there were plenty of scooters zipping in and out of alleys.
Old Rovinj. Originally Rovinj was an island with a channel of seawater separating it from the mainland. The channel was filled in in 1763 to make travel between the island and the mainland easier. Rovinj lost its island status.
Here are some teens trying to keep their status as "too cool to hang out with their parents." The Chocolate Family's two oldest and Alexander and Ashlenne.
We found the perfect teen hang out down by the water. We dubbed it "The Grotto." But from the smell of it, it should have been dubbed "The Urinal."
While the teens were hanging out in the grotto/urinal, Aidan, Andre, and I explored the tide pools around the edge of the water and found little creatures like this little guy here. He was only slightly more crabby than the teens. (ha ha)
This is St. Euphemia's Basilica which sits on top of the main hill of Rovinj. It dates from the 1600's and it was built on former ancient Christian sites.
As beautiful as the ocean was, and the church, and the rocks, this is my favorite part of Rovinj. Little streets turned into cafes and art galleries. So eclectic and fun.
More fun and funky streets. I love how the individual personalities of all these little villages we visit come out and make them all unique.
But not matter where you are in Europe, whether it is hills of Germany to the streets of Paris to the coast of Croatia, you can always find gelato. Europe runs on gelato.
Another little alley in Rovinj. Photo credit to Mrs. Chocolate.
This week that we spent in Croatia was truly amazing. Croatia is so beautiful! When we told people back home that we were going to vacation down there, many of them asked "why?" Beautiful beaches, Mediterranean villages, amazing and natural beauty of the land. I hope in reading about our week here you get a better feel for the this tiny little corner of the world.
Thank you Croatia! We hope we can come back some day!
Want to read about our other days in Croatia? Click Pulling Along In Pula or Plitvice Lakes National Park. Enjoy!!