Vrsar – Romantic town


The little town of Vrsar is an enchanting old fishing settlement on the western coast of Istria between Rovinj and Poreč, above the Lim Channel. This picturesque town is split into two parts – the historic old town filled with culture that has a colorful history lies on the top of the hill, while the more contemporary and lively other part of the town lies beneath, alongside the beaches and the marina.

The narrow, arched streets of the old town lead to the city gate, small squares, stone houses, Romanesque citadel, picturesque churches and three town belvederes. The panoramas of Vrsar coastline are truly amazing: the most indented coastline of Istria is adorned by one of the most beautiful Mediterranean archipelagos comprising 18 uninhabited islands surrounded by the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.

Vrsar can be proud of its colorful history dating back to the prehistoric period. For centuries it has been known for its springs of drinking water because of which it got its ancient name Ursaria (old Mediterranean word “ur” or “spring”), as well as the nearby town Funtana (fountain), also a destination of ancient seafarers seeking for rest and refreshments. The Italian poet and adventurer Giacomo Casanova spent the summers of 1743 and 1744 in the romantic Vrsar and refers to the town in his famous memoirs.

Owing to the production of salt, Vrsar is marked on the maps of the old world, and it is possible to find the high-quality grey stone of its streets, used in the construction of Venice itself, throughout the Roman Empire.
Vrsar is known as the city of sculptors; this is the location of the famous Dušan Džamonja’s sculpture park. You can find stone sculptures all over the town, and their number grows each year after regular visits of Montraker international sculpture colony.

The arable land of the area around the town is covered with wine grape and olive-groves and shells and other sea delicacies are farmed in the nearby protected nature park Lim Channel, which makes Vrsar favorite destination for gourmets and wine lovers. Tourism is an important link in Vrsar’s economy and the town has been proclaimed as the best tourist destination on the Croatian Adriatic several times. Vrsar is a holiday destination for all those who love active vacation as well as for families. Today, just like in the old days, it is the favorite harbor for boaters with one of the best marinas in Croatia.

General information

Number of inhabitants: 2.703
Surface area: 22,9 km2
Population density: 118 ppl/km2
Climate: Mediterranean climate (average spring air temperature is 12,5 °C, during the summer 23,4 °C, in autumn 15,6 °C and in winter 5,5 °C)
Sea temperature: average sea temperature in June is 22 oC, in July 24 oC, in August and September
23 oC