The picturesque and popular town of Rovinj is one of the most visited in Istria and lies 12 miles S of the harbour of Porec and 18 miles N of Pula. Originally established, like many of the ports along the Istrian coast, on a small offshore island, the town lies today at the end of a small peninsula at the NW end of a shallow bay protected from N and W by the island of St Katarina. Originally settled by Illyrian tribes, the town was later incorporated into the Roman province of Illyria under the name Ruvinium. Like most of Istria, Rovinj passed through various hands until pirate raids led it to seek the protection of the Venetian Republic in 1283, a situation which lasted until Napoleon’s forces invaded Istria in 1797. It was during this period that the town enjoyed its heyday, with the construction of the town walls and numerous impressive buildings. The town’s attractive location and well-preserved old town made it an important tourist destination during the period of post-war Yugoslavia and since the establishment of the independent Republic of Croatia in 1995, Rovinj has reputedly become Istria’s second most popular tourist destination. Visiting yachtsmen can berth temporarily on the customs quay to clear in but must then seek a berth in the ACI-owned Marina Rovinj, which has 386 berths for yachts up to 25 metres. It is also possible to anchor in an emergency in the bay S of the marina, although depths are considerable and shelter indifferent here.
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Marina Rovinj lies at the town of the same name, 12 miles S of the harbour of Porec and 18 miles N of Pula in Croatia. The marina is owned and operated by the government-owned ACI Club group of marinas, which also operates marinas at Umag and Pula on the west and Medulin and Opatija on the east coast of Istria. Marina Rovinj offers 386 berths in total for yachts up to 25 metres and in depths of up to 15.0 metres.
Call Marina Rovinj on VHF channel 17 prior to entry. Alternatively, telephone or e-mail to enquire about berthing or advance reservations.
Sitting high on its peninsula and topped with the spire of the Church of St Euphemia, Rovinj is unmistakable from several miles off. The rocky and forested island of Sv. Katarina in the centre of the bay is also conspicuous. A yacht arriving from N or S can pass either side of the island (although note that a reef extends for around 100 metres on the E side of the island, marked with an E cardinal mark). The customs quay for clearing in is on the N side of the bay immediately below the town. Marina Rovinj is on the S side of the bay. Shelter is good in all conditions except strong SW winds, when berths in parts of the marina can become dangerous.
Berthing assistance available. Yachts berth bows or stern-to on the outer breakwater or one of seven long piers. There are laid moorings at all berths.
Small boatyard. Slipway. Mobile crane (30 T). Fixed crane (10 T). Hard standing for up to 40 yachts. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, steel and fiberglass hull repairs. Sail repairs. Diver.
The marina is one kilometre from the town of Rovinj.
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Current price (February 2011) for typical 13 metre yacht: Euros 68 (high season – July and August); Euros 59 (mid season April, May, September, October); Euros 30 (low season – November to March).
The old town of Rovinj is one of the most charming in Istria, with steep and narrow cobbled streets winding through the town past mediaeval houses up to the high platform of the church of St. Euphemia, with superb views from its bell tower over the town and the Adriatic Sea. St. Euphemia is a local saint who was martyred by being thrown to the lions during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century AD. As one would expect from such a popular tourist destination, the streets are lined with craft shops and atmospheric bars and restaurants. The main Venetian entrance to the town, the Balbi Arch, remains as the land gate into the old town. If you are fortunate enough to be in Rovinj on a Sunday in August, you may see the main street of Grisia turn into an open-air art exhibition, when artists from all over Istria and further afield exhibit their works. For those of an energetic disposition, the Zlatni Rt forest park to the south of the harbour has lovely forest walks and pebble coves for cooling off. Cycle hire is easy in Rovinj and offers another way of seeing some of the outstanding natural beauty of the coastline. By boat, it is also possible to visit Sv. Katarina island (which is packed in summer) and its lovely gardens or take a trip into the unusual fjord-like Limski Kanal three miles N of the town. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org