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.
Get to know Vrsar
Once a modest fishing village, this charming town on the west coast of Istria is located at the entrance to Lim Bay. Climb one of the lookouts in the medieval old town situated on a hill by the sea and enjoy the view of the 18-island archipelago. Who knows, maybe the notorious Casanova came to Vrsar sailing between those very islands.
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.
Panoramic airplane flight
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.
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.
Visit Kaštel – Poreč bishops’ summer residence and churches
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.
Visit - Dušan Džamonja’s Sculpture Park
}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.
Enjoy the view from three romantic viewing spots
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.
Take a ride down the Vrsar – Lim – Vrsar eco bike trail
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.
Take a Stroll through the “Kontija” forest
The 140-year-old forest of Oriental Hornbeam and other kinds of trees is the best preserved of its kind in Istria.
Visit Romuald’s Cave and the Lim Gulf
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.
Visit to Dinopark Funtana
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.
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.
- Population: 2,703
- Area: 22.9 km²
- Density: 118 ppl/km²
- Air: Mediterranean climate
- January: 5°C to 9°C
- August: 22°C to 25°C
- Sea temperature:
- June: 22°C
- July: 24°C
- August/September: 23°C
Accommodation in Vrsar
Located on top of a hill in the stone pine forest after which it is named, Pineta Hotel offers a unique view of the old town of Vrsar, the Adriatic Sea, and the surrounding islands. With numerous bike trails in the area, the hotel is well equipped for cyclists. Fans of active holidays can also enjoy trekking, tennis, diving, swimming, and other sports in the area. In parallel with your active holiday, take a break in the intimate atmosphere of the Wellness & Spa centre.
The modern rooms and apartments are located right by the sea, ascending along a gentle slope with a beautiful view of the 18 islands of the Vrsar archipelago. In just a few minutes of easy walking along the seafront promenade, you will reach the centre of Vrsar, or explore the surroundings by bike. You can relax and have fun on the natural beaches or at the large swimming pool with a water slide in the centre of the resort.
Petalon Resort is situated on the green peninsula between the town of Vrsar and the protected landscape of Lim Bay. Enjoy miles of bike and hiking trails, natural pebble and rocky beaches, swimming pools, tennis courts, a diving school, and other sports activities.
The modern rooms are located right by the sea, ascending along a gentle slope with a beautiful view of the 18 islands of the Vrsar archipelago. In just a few minutes of easy walking along the seafront promenade, you will reach the centre of Vrsar, or explore the surroundings by bike. You can relax and have fun on the natural beaches or at the large swimming pool with a water slide in the centre of the resort.
Spend your holiday right by the sea on the waterfront of the charming fishing town of Vrsar. Located opposite the old town, day after day you will have the opportunity to discover the little intricacies of the everyday life of the locals as you walk the streets of the small town that had a special place in the heart of the famous Giacomo Casanova. Guests staying at the Riva Apartments have at their disposal all the facilities at the Pineta Hotel as well as the nearby Belvedere Resort.
Koversada Naturist Park Apartments are located at the entrance to the beautiful Lim Bay, surrounded by pristine Mediterranean scenery, the sea, and natural beaches. Discover local flavours of Istria in our restaurants and bars and enjoy an active holiday with numerous sports and entertainment activities.
Opt for comfortable accommodation in rooms in Koversada Villas, located near the sea and the eponymous little island of Koversada. Here, everything is about the pristine natural landscape and the relaxing, laid-back ambience. Koversada Naturist Park Villas are located at the entrance to the beautiful Lim Bay, surrounded by the typical Mediterranean landscape, the sea, and natural beaches. Discover local flavours of Istria in our restaurants and bars and enjoy an active holiday with numerous sports and entertainment activities.
Valkanela Campsite is situated in a beautiful bay with a view of Vrsar and the islands. Here you can find a unique offer of amenities and entertainment for the greatest family holiday. Choose from accommodation on well-positioned spacious pitches or in comfortable mobile homes with a shared pool or private hydro-massage bathtub on the terrace. The campsite features attractive natural beaches, a pool complex, and restaurants and bars right by the sea and the pools.
If you ever feel like spending time in Istria, Porto Sole Campsite is open throughout the year. You can stay at the pitches by the sea or in mobile homes embodying the special ambience of a winter holiday surrounded by nature. Explore the charming town of Vrsar, not far from the camp, or roam around the beautiful nature cycling the attractive trails nearby. Alongside the diving club and the outdoor fitness zone, the campsite offers a wide range of sports amenities by the natural beaches and pools.
Koversada Naturist Park is located at the entrance to the beautiful Lim Bay, surrounded by the typical Mediterranean landscape, the sea, and natural beaches. This campsite with the longest naturist tradition in Europe is a relaxing paradise in the heart of pristine nature, offering a variety of accommodation choices: from camping places and pitches, comfortable mobile homes, tents on the Koversada car-free island, to rooms and suites in bungalows. Explore the local flavours of Istria in our restaurants and bars and enjoy an active holiday with our sports activities and entertainment.