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Her Take: Why Rovinj Beats Venice as the Most Romantic Travel Destination

If you ask most people what the most romantic travel destination is from around the world, chances are the answer will be Venice. When on exchange in England I managed to make it over to this classic town in April, which was a great time to avoid the high season and wander the endless side streets …

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1. Go to Valentino Bar and order a beer while swimming in the Adriatic. This place has seating right down by the water making it easy to slip in and out of the ocean.

2. Hop on a glass bottom boat for as little as 10 Euros and check out the surrounding islands. Ask the captain if you can jump off and go for a swim.

3. Order anything with truffles for dinner.

If you ask most people what the most romantic travel destination is from around the world, chances are the answer will be Venice. When on exchange in England I managed to make it over to this classic town in April, which was a great time to avoid the high season and wander the endless side streets without breaking a sweat. But what if you could find a place where everything costs half the price and isn’t completely overrun by people unabashedly willing to shell out $80 for a boat ride?

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Rovinj in Croatia is a two and a half hour train ride from Venice, and even accessible by ferry. You could even do one by day and the other by night if you so choose. I would recommend designating a full day in Rovinj, however, so both you and your significant other can fully experience the relaxing bars and cheap, yet tasty food. Rovinj is everything Venice used to be before the tourists came trampling in and started calling it romantic just because a commercial told them so. Rovinj was even owned by the Venetians at one point, a moment in history that continues to linger with the architecture of the city.

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Kyle and I took a day trip to Rovinj from Pula, which was only a 40 minute bus ride away. We spent the day wandering the side streets, much like my time in Venice, only here I was not faced with endless stalls selling useless crap, and did not catch one word of English all day. One of our favorite bars to stop at was Valentino, a watering hole located right by the ocean. After walking up to St. Euphemia, the church whose tower can be spotted upon arrival, we jumped in the Adriatic to cool off and order a cold Croatian beer while swimming. Our drinks were delivered to our tables, situated on the rocks immediately beside the sea.

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Original Photography From: Couple of Yuppies

Other activities while in Rovinj included dining on anything with truffles in it, an item the country is known for. At first I thought it was hilarious that Croatia prided itself on something as simple as mushrooms, but after tasting these things I literally ate my words. They will make even the simplest dish taste like a Michelin star meal. After spending the day lazing by the seaside and touring the surrounding islands on a glass-bottomed boat for 10 Euros, we headed back to Pula.

To this day Rovinj still tops my list as one of the most romantic travel destinations in Europe.

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Note: This article has been selected by the February 2013 Carnival of Europe hosted by Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer with the theme “Most Romantic Places in Europe.”

10 comments

  1. Cant be explained, anyone must visit the town and then you will see why Rovinj beats Venice

  2. You two are convincing about the charms of Rovinj. 😀 Hope I get to visit it someday!

  3. It is beautiful and off the beaten path, I had volleyball games for a weekend there and wish they left me behind forever!

  4. This is a great post, I’m so glad I found it because I’m going to be in Rovinj this APril (2013)! Can you give me more info on how to get info re: taking the train to Rovinj from Venice? I seem to be having a hard time getting details and I don’t want to pay 100Euro to take the ferry across if I can avoid it… Great post!

  5. I love it when people find ‘better’ versions of tourist favorites! Great piece, thanks for highlighting Rovinj.

  6. coupleofyuppies

    Thanks Charli! We had a great time exploring this amazing city 🙂

  7. Rovinj is the best because of it’s history and aestetics, beautiful nature and beaches. And what’s most important it’s nearer to the EU than most Croatian cities.
    Take a look at hot wo reach Rovinj and the road distances to the major EU cities here:
    http://www.rovinj.co/en/how-reach-rovinj/

    Once in Rovinj, You can enjoy nature and also make one or few days trip to Venice with boat connection that departure from Rovinj almost every day.

    IMHO It’s the best location to enjoy your holidays.

    See You in Rovinj!

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