Discover the best of the Istrian coastline with our guide to Rovinj beaches
By Justin McDonnell|
Popular with locals is the small swimming area consisting of rocks and concreted platforms on the south side of the Old Town’s peninsula. For the pine-forested beaches at the edge of town, you’ll need sandals to wade on the jagged shore, but the lack of sand means the sea is incredibly clear, great for snorkelling or diving. The walk along the water is a little more than a kilometre from town: head past the Hotel Park, to the area of Monte Mulini and the succession of pebbly coves that forms the south side of Lone Bay. The bay culminates in the wooded peninsula of Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape), beyond which lie quiet stretches of shore where you can find your own private boulder to sun on.
About 3km south of town are two nudist beaches, Polari Bay and the adjacent Cape Eve. The 13 small islands here have thick forests surrounded by rocky beach. The most popular excursions are to nearby Sv Katarina Island and dazzling Crveni (‘Red’) Island (consisting of two islands, Sveti Andrija and Maškin, joined by a causeway), both a short hop by regular taxi boat over from the main harbour. Local travel agencies offer trips to the Limski kanal, a pectacular fjord of green waters.