Holidays in Vrsar

A picturesque fishing town with more than 2,000 years of rich historical heritage, Vrsar is a place of unique, serene beauty recognised by those seeking to relax on its clean coast, as well as those seeking excitement along its biking and hiking trails.

The people of Vrsar are mostly farmers, wine growers, fishermen and tourist hosts, not necessarily in that particular order however.

With an archipelago of 18 uninhabited islands just opposite the town and more than 190 permanent quay side berths in the marina, open all year round, Vrsar is a sailor`s paradise too, with aeronautic sports leaning in for the second place with parachuting, parasailing and panoramic flights in sports planes. Of course, there are many other options for an active holiday worth exploring around Vrsar, whether you are a walker, biker, swimmer or diver.

All of this is made possible by the gentle Mediterranean climate working hand in hand with a beautiful, indented coastline and the pristine nature that surrounds Vrsar.

Vrsar has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and long and warm summers. Even in the winter, the temperature rarely drops below zero.

The average air temperature in the spring is 12.5°C, 23.4°C in the summer, 15.6°C in the autumn and it drops down to 5.5°C in the winter.

Adventurers and wanderers will find Vrsar a perfect base for indepth exploration of Istria, maybe even Croatia, but whatever you do, you must visit the Lim Bay and then Rovinj.

General information

Population: 2,703
Area: 22.9 km2
Density: 118 ppl/km2
Air: Mediterranean climate (5 to 9°C in January, 22 to 25°C in August)
Average sea temperature: June: 22°C, July 24°C, August and September: 23°C

Tourist Attractions

  • Vrsar Archipelago
  • Lim Fjord Viewing Spot
  • Three Romantic Viewing Spots in the Old Town of Vrsar
  • Baredine Cave
  • Romualdo's Cave
  • Old Christian Basilica
  • Montraker Peninsula
  • Dvigrad
  • Special Forest Vegetation Reserve Kontija
  • Old Romanesque Gate
  • Roman Warehouse and Necropolis
  • Main Town Gate
  • Vrsar Port
  • Kaštel - Poreč Bishops’ Summer Residence
  • Giacomo Casanova Street
  • Church of St. Fosca
  • Parish Church of St. Martin
  • Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua
  • Chapel of St. George
  • Dušan Džamonja’s Sculpture Park
  • Basilica of St. Mary of the Sea

Top 10 things to do in Vrsar

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Istria Experience

1. Panoramic airplane flight

Vrsar is one of the rare places in Istria that has its own sports airport. Take advantage of it and enjoy a panoramic flight over Vrsar, the archipelago and the Lim Bay.

2. Visit the street of Casanova

The famous gigolo stayed in Vrsar on two occasions, in 1743. and in 1744. If his comprehensive memoirs are to be trusted, a few local beauties fell under his charms during each stay.

3. Visit Kaštel, the summer residence of the Bishop of Poreč, and its church

Alongside the parish church, there is a large but ruined palace known locally as Kaštel. This is the former summer residence of the Bishop of Poreč. It includes a fortified building with a cistern and four towers that are a continuation of the 15th-century town walls.

4. Visit the Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park

Vrsar is known as a "town of sculptures". The Sculpture Park displays works by Dušan Džamonja, one of Croatia and Europe’s most prominent contemporary sculptors, while the abandoned Montraker quarry hosts an international sculpture school every summer. Artworks made during these workshops are displayed on the beaches, in campsites, on the waterfront in Vrsar, and in the town parks.

5. Enjoy the view from three romantic vantage points

Thanks to its favourable position on top of a hill, Vrsar has excellent vantage points which offer magnificent views of the nearby archipelago. The vantage point beneath Mala Vrata (Small Gate) in Vrsar also features sculptures from the Montraker workshop: a stylish stone table and benches to rest on.

6. Cycling along the Vrsar-Lim-Vrsar eco trails

The eco bike trails near Vrsar include three routes that will reveal to you all the beauty of the area and its interesting history: an easy short trail, a medium-long trail for more advanced cyclists, and a long trail that leads alongside the Lim Channel through Kontija Forest and beyond. While riding, you will encounter local places of interest such as a Bronze Age ceramic site and the Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park.

7. Take a walk in Kontija Forest

In the hinterland of Vrsar, there is a well-preserved hornbeam forest that stretches over 64 hectares: Kontija. The forest is more than 140 years old and has the status of a special forest reserve. Kontija is regarded as an important symbol of the area.

8. Visit Romualdo Cave and the Lim Channel

The Lim Channel protected landscape is part of the sunken valley of the River Pazinčica. The valley was flooded by the sea, which created a 10-kilometre-long bay whose appearance resembles that of a fjord. Further south, there is Romuald Cave, named after Saint Romuald, who spent three years there praying and meditating (from 1001 to 1004). In addition, the cave is interesting for the fact that calcite formations are only found on its left side, while the right is completely empty. In the cave, remains have been found that attest to the lives of the Palaeolithic hunters that lived here.

9. Fish festivals

Every year, from spring until autumn, Vrsar hosts traditional fish festivals where guests and locals can experience the typical atmosphere of a fishing village, try traditional food and have fun dancing to live music.

10. Visit the Dinopark Funtana

The Dinopark Funtana is the first entertainment park with life-size dinosaurs in Croatia. Since the remains of dinosaurs were found at various locations in Istria, these extinct creatures have become part of the story of the peninsula. Visit the Dinopark Funtana and travel back in time to an age when the planet was dominated by these astonishing creatures.

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