J. Rakovac street
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Located in the heart of the old town, in a centuries old building, the apartment was renovated in 2004 and has been kept in superb condition ever since. The apartment is beautifully appointed with very stylish décor - exclusive furniture, paintings by Istrian artists, dark wooden floors and Persian rugs, ornate lamps, traditional stone walls, wrought iron gallery and spiral staircase and high ceiling with dark wood beams.
The apartment also has its own sizeable outdoor terrace and there are splendid sea views from the apartment’s windows.
The apartment is tastefully decorated throughout; it has a spacious open plan living-dining room area and a modern bathroom. It has a king-size bed in the main bedroom on the mezzanine level, and a double sofa bed downstairs in the living room area. It is fitted with air conditioning and heating systems. The kitchen comes equipped with cooker (hobs), dishwasher, fridge-freezer and is fitted out with exclusive crockery and cooking utensils etc. The bathroom is spacious and has a modern shower unit, hand basin and toilet plus plenty of storage areas. The living room is furnished with ornate lamps, a very comfortable three-seat couch/sofa (that turns into a King size bed) and many exclusive pieces of furniture, paintings and rugs. It has a large screen TV, DVD/CD. The bedroom is furnished with king-size bed. Bed linen and towels are also provided.
From the apartment, you can walk to everything from, including to the towns many wonderful restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, bars, shops, the harbour, bus station, and the beaches and ferry terminal.
Free wireless access is available throughout the apartment (from rovinj free network) or VIP wireless can be purchased in the local internet cafe VIP on Carera Street - just one minute walk away.
The apartment offers sea views of the harbour, St. Catherine’s Island and the Old Town itself.
The Old Town of Rovinj, known as the pearl of Istria, is a delightful, waterfront town with a historic centre that has Venetian-style piazzas, and charming cafes, galleries and shops. Strolling the winding cobblestone streets and lanes and enjoying a glass of wine at one of the outdoor cafes are the favourite pastimes here.
There are many other different ways of passing the time: choose a traditional lunch at a local restaurant, horse ride through the nearby woods, have a fisherman's picnic or dance the night away after having sampled a glass of Istrian wine!
For the more active Rovinj offers tennis, water sports, bike rentals, hill walking, hill climbing, yacht hire, horse-riding or sailing (on one of the pre-arranged expeditions or hiring a boat yacht is possible).
The sparkling Adriatic and the picturesque harbor are visible from almost everywhere, and the buildings in the old town are well preserved and protected.
The area is steepted in history and guests looking for fine foods, good wine and quality artwork will not be disappointed. You can tour the ‘Wine Roads of Istria’ – pick up information from the local tourist office in Rovinj or any town.
If you are looking for a little luxury situated on a stunning stretch of the Adriatic coast this apartment is the perfect place for you with its exquisite decor and views of the sea and of the lush pine woods that cover the island of St. Catherine and the Punta Corrente National Park, stretching as far as the eye can see.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rovinj 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pula 30 km, Nearest railway: Kanfanar 13 km|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
This apartment has a large double bedroom plus a mezzanine that can sleep one person. It also has a double mattress to sleep extra people. It has an open plan living-dining room area and a modern bathroom. The apartment is equipped with cooker with hobs, (no oven), electric grill pan, dishwasher, mini music system, cd/DVD player and air con. Bedlinen and towels are provided. TV has international news channles and many other channels in English, Italian, German and Croatian.
|Further details outdoors|
The property has a large private terrace where guests can enjoy alfresco dining.
The apartment is located off the second floor - the number of steps make it unsuitable for persons with a disability or restricted mobility. Smoking is only permitted outside on the balcony.
The Istria region
Christened ‘Terra Magica’ by the Romans, this small peninsula is Croatia’s most westerly region.
Istria is bordered by mountains (Slovenian Alps) to the North and the Adriatic on either side.
On the West coast, the main resort towns are Rovinj and Porec. Novigrad is worth a vist – it is an underrated gem. Nearer Pula (the capital of Istria in the South tip) the island of Brijuni (Tito’s former residence) is a must see, for its natural beauty and bizarre historical and zoological attractions. Vsar is also worth a short visit and the Limski Canal that is enroute.
East Coat and the Islands
To the East, the deep Kvarner Gulf, bounded on three sides by steep mountains, contains Croatia’s largest Adriatic islands. Some such as Krk, Losinj and Rab have long been developed for tourism. Opatija is well worth a visit – it had its glory days in the late 19th century – here the Habsburgs built ornate villas and grand spa hotels, many of these grand villas surrounded by palm groves line the steep wooded shoreline in Opatija and can still be checked into today, at a price.
The town is arranged on a steep hill facing the sea, so all over town you can get fantastic views over the sea and the Bay of Kvarner – there is a wonderful promenade in town also with a nice beach area.
Inland or central Istria is full of small historical towns such as Hum (its smallest town) Motovun, and Groznjan. It is famous for its medieval hilltop towns that dot this spectacular area. This is the heart of truffle country and home to some of the finest wines and olive oil in this part of the Mediterranean.
The mountains of Cicarija and Ucka form the region’s most northern boundary, a haven for hikers, climbers, cavers and paragliders, and a popular destination for extreme sports fans. The east coast remains rugged with forest reaching right down to the rocky coastline giving views out onto the islands of the Kvarner Bay. The joy of Istria is that nothing is ever very far away and inland Istria is every bit as beautiful as the coast.
What makes Istria extraordinary is its scale – you can drive North to South in just over one hour and you are never more than 30 minutes from the coast – yet the range and diversity of locations are amazing.
The Istrian peninsula is very Italian in feel. The Italian towns of Trieste and Venice are just across the Adriatic.
Istria is characterised by a special form of the Mediterranean climate for its geographical latitude: the summers are not too hot and winters are somewhat cold. The picuresque coast is 540 km long with numerous pebble coves and beaches washed by the clean sea.
Istria is a world away from Dalmatia, where tourist friendly restaurants serve similar types of seafood in uniform sauces. Istria has its own gastronomic identity. Fresh fish of all varieties, pasta, gnocchi, risotto, pizzas feature on all menus. The pearls of Istrian produce, Prsut (parma or cured ham), truffles, fresh fish and wines are available across the region. Springs brings wild asparagus and spring lamb; Summer is awash with fresh fruit and vegetables and Autumn is dominated by mushrooms and truffles. Grappa is a traditional home brew – offered as a complimentary drink in most restaurants after you pay your bill – made from berries, herbs, trees, nuts and fruit – you will often find it being sold along the roadside.
The Istrian wine-making tradition dates back to the time of ancient Greece. On the East coast lies an area known as Kalovojna (Greek for good wine). In face, Greece was the origin of Istria’s main grape variety, Malvasia. While Malvasia, red Teran and refreshing Muscat account for the vast majority of Istria’s vineyards. You can discover these wines by touring the ‘Wine Roads of Istria’ – pick up information from the local tourist office in Rovinj or any town.
The Old Town of Rovinj, known as the pearl of Istria, is a delightful, waterfront town with a historic centre (Marshal Tito Square) that has Venetian-style piazzas, and charming cafes, galleries, old Baroque and Renaissance palaces, small churches and many shops selling crafts, art works and local produce. Strolling the winding cobblestone streets and lanes and enjoying a glass of wine at one of the outdoor cafes are the favourite pastimes here.
The church of St. Eufemia is the town’s focal point – after that the main places to see are: Trg Marsala Tita Square in the centre full of vibrant colours of the buildings on both sides of the square. The fountain in the middle of the square was built in 1959. Dominating part of the square is the Town Clock which dates from the middle of the 19th century.
Leading off from the square is the start of Carera – the high street of Rovinj. Also one finds the Balbi Arch – next to the Adriatic hotel – dating back to 1678 – the arch was built on the site of one of the town’s original seven gates. Upwards from the Balbi arch one finds the Grisia street, probably one of the most walked up and photographed streets in Istria. It is characterised by steps, narrow cobbled steps leading up to the church of St. Eufemia. This street is particularly famous for its local art galleries and souvenir shops. In August, there is a festival on the second Sunday of the month where anyone, not just residents or artist of Rovinj, can display and sell their works of art on the street ( this festival is now in its 58th year).
St. Eufemia’s Day is celebrated on the 16 September – there are celebrations throughout the town. There is a spectacular view over the sea and the Old Town from the church. Look out for the spectacular sun sets from this point.
Rovinj is a relaxed town with a population of around 15,000. With the church of St. Eufemija as its focal point, the town is a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, squares, small churches and old Baroque and Renaissance Palaces. The old part of the town was proclaimed a cultural and historical site in 1963. It is now one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations, with a growing reputation for its food, wines and art.
The town is very rich in cultural heritage and is also a meeting point for many painters (in the summer there is the popular exhibition open-air on the famous old Grisia Street). In August there is also a Rovinj Festival (for three days) with fantastic fireworks. All the Rovinj coasts and the surrounding 22 islands are a protected natural heritage. There are many different ways of passing the time: choose a traditional lunch at a local restaurant, horse ride through the nearby woods, have a fisherman's picnic or dance the night away after having sampled a glass of Istrian wine!
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14 Oct 2014
"Lovely, cheerful, convenient place to stay"
We stayed an extra day because the apartment and Rovinj were both wonderful. Location is excellent. Apartment is bright, airy and quiet. Owner and property manager prompt and easy to work with. Large… More
5 Aug 2012
Really enjoyed our two weeks and could easily have stayed longer, we felt really at home in this beautiful appartment. The location was excellent in the old town.The highlights for us were going to t… More
2 Dec 2011
"Stunning apartment in a stunning Croatian village."
We were overawed by the apartment. The gleam from the furniture and the floors was brilliant. Attention to detail with furnishing the apartment was amazing. We particularly loved the long thin pastel drawing of Rovinj that hung above the bed. Having a little terrace/balcony area off the kitchen was really nice - many a breakfast or lunch had out there.
The apartment was on the top floor - so the stairs were a challenge, but they got easier (especially after some nice croatian booze). However it would make the apartment inaccessible for people with any walking difficulties. The plus point of being on the top floor were the views - stunning!
9 Nov 2011
"Great apartment, fantastic location!"
Stayed in this apartment for 5 nights. The location is fantastic, right by the harbour, restaurants etc, couldn't have asked for a better location. Apartment is beautiful, the photos don't r… More
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