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The Island of sv. Andrija
Rovinj is a very picturesque, medieval town, especially charming because of its narrow and steep stone-paved streets and squares. Even the onslaught of the summer season crowds cannot disturb Rovinj's idyllic appearance.
It lies on the western coast of Istria, where nature was lavish in its gifts - indented coast, 14 islets, with the especially attractive Red Island (HR: Crveni Otok) and St. Catherine Island, with lavish and fragrant mediterranean vegetation, nearby National Park Brijuni and the unique Lim Channel - are only some of Rovinj's attractions.
Founded in the 3rd century on an islet that was not joined with the mainland until 1500 years later, Rovinj was the biggest town in western Istria from the middle ages to the 19th century. The symbol of Rovinj is the Church of St. Euphemia, the largest Baroque building in Istria, with its 60-m high bell tower that dominates the town. Many people will remember the summer open air exhibitions in Grisia Street, walks along the coast to the protected park-forest Golden Cape (HR: Zlatni rt) with double rows of cypress and stone pine forests, pine and fir trees. Or, if you'd like to get to know the underwater world without losing ground under your feet, you should visit the Rovinj Aquarium with a rich collection of fish and other inhabitants of the Adriatic underwater world.