Steps to the Sea - Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj is a city in Croatia situated on the north Adriatic Sea with a population of 13,562 (as of 2007). It is located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula and is a popular tourist resort and an active fishing port. Istriot, a Romance language once widely spoken in this part of Istria, is still spoken by some of the residents. There is a centre of History Research which is an institution of the Council of Europe.

According to the data of the Tourist Association of the Istrian County, Rovinj is the second leading destination in terms of the number of realized overnights. The most numerous visitors to the city of Rovinj are Italians, Germans, Austrians, Dutch and British. The two closest airports are Pula (Croatia) and Trieste (Italy). During season, Ryanair operates direct flights from London to both airports. Since the recent introduction of low cost flights from the UK to Trieste, Treviso, Venice and Pula the number of UK visitors has increased dramatically. In the summer season, there is a direct high speed ferry link between Venice and Rovinj, facilitating the transfer of visitors flying into Marco Polo airport to the town of Rovinj. High speed weekly sealinks to the Port of Ravenna and Cesenatico are also available in the summer.

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