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.
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.
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.
Area: 22.9 km2
Density: 118 ppl/km2
Air: Mediterranean climate
January: 5°C to 9°C
August: 22°C to 25°C
Guests can enjoy the rich offer of events in the summer evenings, such as the Fisherman Festival, Vrsar Serenades, Festival GitarISTRA "Sea & Guitars" and the traditional Casanovafest.
Vrsar is one of the rare places in Istria that has its own sports airfield. Take advantage of it and enjoy a panoramic flight over Vrsar, the archipelago and the Lim Bay.
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.
The present-day palace came to be by partitioning the original Romanesque castle, and was used as Poreč bishops’ summer residence. It comprised of a fortified building with a cistern and four flanking towers that are the continuation of the Vrsar walls dating back to the 15th century.
The Sculptures, graphics and drawings displayed in the monumental complex comprising a the house and a sculpture park, belong to one of the greatest Croatian and European modern sculptors, Dušan Džamonja. At the end of August, Vrsar becomes a mecca of sculpture lovers because the Montraker international school of sculpture is organized there at that time each year.
The viewing spots offer a view of the Vrsar archipelago and are decorated with sculptures made in the workshops of the Montraker school of sculpture – a stylish stone table and a resting bench.
The eco bike trail in the vicinity of Vrsar offers cyclists three types of rides: a short and the easiest one, a medium length trail for the moderately advanced, and the longest trail that, reveals the full glory of Istria and the Mediterranean. On their ride, cyclists pass a deposit of ceramics from the Bronze Age on the main summit, then proceed to Dušan Džamonja’s Sculpture Park, and finally then make their way to the Crljenka sports airfield or the Lim Gulf.
The 140-year-old forest of Oriental Hornbeam and other kinds of trees is the best preserved of its kind in Istria.
The Lim Gulf enjoy the status of a preserved landscape. It is over 10 km long and looks like a fjord, shaped by the dissolution of the limestone bedrock. A climbing cliff is found On its northern, side and Romuald’s Cave on its southern side. Among other things, evidences about the life of a Paleolithic hunter were also found in it.
Vrsar has the longest tradition of holding fishermen’s festivities which last from spring till autumn. For more information about these folk evening activities on the Vrsar Riviera, check the Event Calendar.
Dinopark Funtana is the first amusement park in Croatia dedicated to life-size dinosaurs. Numerous remains of dinosaurs have been discovered in different locations across Istria, so they have become part of the peninsula’s story. Take this amusing journey way back into the past and experience these unusual creatures.