Vrsar, Croatia - holiday information

Vrsar Croatia – visitor information

This small fishing settlement situated in Istria above the Lim bay and between the cities Porec and Rovinj is divided into two parts. The older area located on a hill has a feel of history and culture and the contemporary area is situated next to the sea and marina. The town has a rich history and was best known because of its spring of fresh water all the way back in the prehistoric era. Later it was an important transit port, and in Romanic times the bishops’ summer residence was located in this picturesque settlement. It was also popular among nobleman and the grey stone that is still visible in the town narrow streets was used for building Venice, and other buildings all over the Roman Empire.  In the middle of the 18th century, one of the most famous world travellers and poets Giacomo Casanova spent two summers in this little resort. We can state that the town lies on a very fertile ground. Salt is produced here, the surrounding area is ideal for cultivating olives and grapes and the nearby nature park Lim bay is known for shell fish farming. All these features attract lovers of good quality food and wine. We should accentuate that the town received, on several occasions, awards for the best tourist destination on the Adriatic and is therefore worth visiting. Just as it was in the past, the town is still popular among yachtsmen with one of the best marinas in the country. Even though Vrsar is a small town it has many landmarks you must see; numerous small squares, beautiful stone houses, three lookouts, a citadel from the romantic era turned into a wonderful palace, abandoned quarries and picturesque churches. What we recommend are the already mentioned lookouts from which spreads a magnificent view on one of the most beautiful Mediterranean 18 uninhabited island archipelagos surrounded by crystal clear sea. Furthermore, here are the old city gates from Romanic times and the main city gates that were once the entrance to this fortified little town. Both gates are located near the Church of St. Foska (Crkva Sv. Foske), where ceramics from the Bronze Age was found and is believed to belong to the Histri tribe. Today the church holds a collection of sacral artwork. Along with this church you should visit the Church of St. Martin, Church of St. Anthony of Padua and the basilica of St. Mary of the sea where numerous concerts are being held during the summer months. For the art lovers, something certainly interesting would be the sculpture park of Dusan Dzamonja, the biggest Croatian and a renowned European sculptor. After seeing all this landmarks and hot spots why not head for the peninsula Montraker where you can see the remains of a Roman necropolis. If looking for accommodation, you can find it in hotels, tourist settlements, camps and private apartments and rooms. If you wish to leave Vrsar and head for some settlement in the vicinity, and you don’t have a personal car, all the information on coach timetables you can find here. For those interested in sports, Vrsar offers numerous possibilities for recreation – from tennis, basketball and soccer courts, bowling, mini golf courts, rentable pedal boats, boats, sailboats and other sea vehicles so you can surely find something for yourself. For those who are the more adventurous types why not take your pick between sport climbing, adrenalin park Akros, panoramic flights with smaller airplanes (Aeroadria) or diving (Starfish). You can go bicycling along the coastline or go for a Nordic hike in your own arrangement or you can ask for information in the local tourist agencies about offers and prices. The whole Istria is famous for its truffles, prosciutto, sea specialities and good wine, so if you are a real gourmet and like to enjoy your food than this is an ideal area for you. Some of the restaurants where you can taste all the specialities are Fortuna, Delfin and Siroko. We also recommend you visit the alehouse Belvedere that offers traditional cooking and a large choice of beer and the Galinero diner that has tasteful desserts..

Vrsar – basic information

Vrsar – population: 2000, Vrsar - day/ saint: saint : Sv. Martin, 11.11.

Distance from bigger centres

Vrsar - Makarska. 555km, Vrsar- Split: 500km, Vrsar - Pula: 45km, Vrsar - Rijeka: 90km, Vrsar - Zadar: 385km, Vrsar - Šibenik: 440km, Vrsar - Dubrovnik: 705km, Vrsar - Zagreb: 258km

Possibility of accomodation

private accomodation, apartments, rooms, family hotels, pensions, camps


pebble, stone, concreted

Facilities and authorities

emergency, bakery, gas station, post office, bank, exchange office, internet caffe, taxi, bus station, farmacy, souvenir shops, dental practice, fishmorgen's

Sport's and recreative offer

football field, mini-football field, volleyball in the sand, basketball court, tennis court, rent a motor, rent a bike, water scooters, rent a boat, diving school, water sports, walking, jogging tracks, waterslide, routes for cyclists, gym / fitness, massage services, sauna

Gastronomic offer

restaurants, traditional croatian taverns, pizzerias, fast food restorants, saloons

Night life

musical evenings in the town, casino, coctail bar

Additional offer

croatian national park nearby, croatian natural reservation nearby, organised trips to nearby destinations, organised trips to nearby islands, promenade along the sea, organisation of entertaining and cultural events by the tourist board, organisation of fishermen's nights, organisation of folk entertainments, marina in the nearby, nautic tourist port in the place

Vrsar – why choose this destination

clean sea, beautiful beaches, long promenades along the sea, pine wood by the beach, beaches in the place, enteraining facilities on the beaches, sports facilities near the beaches, nudistic beaches, secluded beaches, rich gastronomic offer, peace and silence in the place with no big crowd, rich cultural life in the place (exibitions, shows, music evenings), organisation of cultural summer, place rich with cultural and histirical monuments, tipical croatian fishermen place, interesting diving sites, interesting wind surfing sites, long cycling routes and walking tracks, possibility for training preparations of sportsmen, possibility for departures on interesting trips, possibility for sailing around islands, vine roads nearby, genuin gastronomic offer nearby, golf courses nearby, possibility for getting familiar with the life of people and local customs, numerous events in the place (fashion shows, fairs, sports events, parties, concerts)