Rovinj Old Town - Narrow streets

Ewelina and I recently visited Croatia and our first night was spent in Rovinj Old Town. Situated in the area known as Istria, it’s on the coast and just below Slovenia which is in turn just below Trieste in Italy. Indeed many guidebooks say Rovinj old town has a vibe a little like Venice and it certainly has an Italian feel about it. Signposts will often also call it Rovigno, it’s Italian name. Rovinj is considered to be one of the most photogenic places in Croatia.

Rovinj Old Town – What to See & Photograph

Rovinj old town is dominated by the Church of St. Euphemia as you will see in the image below.

Rovinj overlooking the water
Rovinj overlooking the water

You can climb the bell tower for an elevated view but we didn’t on this occasion. Rovinj old town has lots of character, the buildings feel old and the cobbled streets are narrow. You can get interesting lighting reflected in these cobbles and brightly coloured washing hanging across the narrow streets can also add to your images.

Close to the church you will find a couple of popular houses which attract photographers due to their brightly coloured blue doors. One even has a matching blue bicycle parked outside!

Blue door in Rovinj
Blue door in Rovinj
Blue door and bicycle in Rovinj
Blue door and bicycle in Rovinj

Being a coastal town, water and boats give added photographic interest. The harbour area was a pleasant place to walk around. We even had our evening meal in one of the restaurants with a view of the harbour and the sunset that followed. The photo below was one of the scenes in the harbour area that caught my attention.

Rovinj Harbour Area
Rovinj Harbour Area

After sunset you can continue to take photos as Rovinj old town takes on a different atmosphere. The photo below is of Balbi Arch. Even though we had packed a tripod this image was taken handheld as the light levels were actually pretty good.

Balbi Arch at night
Balbi Arch at night

Sadly we only had one night in Rovinj but it is certainly somewhere I would consider visited again. Rovinj old town has lots to offer for those interested in photography.