After spending a three days in Pula we were headed to Slovenia where our road trip would finish a few days later. Rather than driving straight from Pula to Portorož (our first stop in Slovenia), we decided to split up the way to have lunch in Rovinj and then visit the Kozlovic Winery during the afternoon. It turns out, this was an amazing decision :) We had such a lovely time in the beautiful town of Rovinj and the most perfect setting for a wine tasting at the Kozlovic winery. Also their wines were really nice. I especially fell in love with their Malvazija wines. Too bad they don’t deliver internationally yet, else this would be on my wine order list for summer :)
The winery offers 9 different wine tasting programmes. We had a guided walk through all the different stages of the wine production process and visited the wine cellar before tasting 5 different wines on the terrace. Each wine was accompanied with a new selection of matching nibbles.
If you are in Istria and would like to visit a winery that offers a great selection of wines, yummy nibbles and a beautiful view, check out Kozlovic. This is their address: Vale 78, Momjan, 52460 Buje, Istria. Call them to book a wine tasting here.
Split was the first stop on the Croatia & Slovenia road trip. We flew from London to Split and spent one night there before taking the ferry to Hvar the next afternoon. Lots of friends were already arriving that night with the rest flying in the next morning. I was still in recovery mood from my cold so I only joined for an early dinner and then went straight back to the hotel to watch movies. It turned out that this was the right decision :) The others went on until 3 am and some of them had a bit of a rough morning the next day. I, on the other hand felt much better the and managed to squeeze in some sightseeing in Split before we took the ferry to Hvar.
These are the photos from the walk through the old town of Split. If you haven’t visited Split yet, add it plus the beautiful surrounding islands to your travel bucket list!
Rovinj is a quaint and beautiful little town in Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Rovinj is often referred to as the prettiest town in Istria and I understand why!
We visited Rovinj on our way from Pula to Portoroz. During our stay we strolled through the quaint little alleys, the market place and walked up to the church on top of the hill on which Rovinj’s old town is located. We also had super yummy seafood in a restaurant with a really beautiful view of the sea. Rovinj is not big which makes it a perfect spot for a weekend trip and a must-see if you are ‘in the area’, e.g. if you pass by on a road trip.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rovinj
1. A gorgeous Old Town
The old town of Rovinj is located on a hill with small houses tightly crowded down to the seafront. Quaint alleys and cobbled streets lead to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia – the highest point of Rovinj. Also the market place and the port have lots of charisma and allow for really beautiful panoramic photos.
2. Romance Day & Night
The view of the sea on the way up to the church is stunning and allows for lots of remote romantic stops, especially during sunset. Or have a glass wine in one of Rovinj’s cosy litte wine bars and restaurants in the old town.
3. Lovely cafes & restaurants
We came across really charming & cute restaurants when walking up to the church. Most of them had a great view of the sea and were super cosy with lots of character. And, if you haven’t tried it yet, let me tell you: Istrian food is delicious! The area is known for its olive oil, truffels and excellent wines. Dobar tek!
4. Pretty Pebble Beaches
Rovinj offers plenty of pebble beaches to choose from. No sandy beaches though. But at least with pebble and rocky beaches you have a higher chance of finding a remote spot just for yourself instead of sharing the beach with the other people like sardines in a can… And the water very clear and refreshing :)
5. Ideal Location
Rovinj is perfectly located between Pula and Porec, two beautiful cities in Istria. We visited Rovinj on the way from Pula to Slovenia. Whether you decide to spend a couple of nights in Rovinj or just visit the city as a quick stop during a road trip, it’s definitely worth seeing. Rovinj also makes a great day trip if you are based in Pula.
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