Rovinj is conveniently located in the centre of Istria so you can see a lot of the region just on a day trip. Most of the sights below are accessible by bus but you will need to rent a car if you want to see more than one destination a day. Here are some of the best day trips from Rovinj:
Buje is the largest Istrian hill village with a bustling town centre and an impressive assortment of Venetian churches and monuments. A bus to Umag and another short bus ride to Buje is doable for those without a car. Read more.
The Lim Channel is a drowned valley and one of Istria's most stunning natural settings. It's a popular outing and you can get there by boat or car. A number of travel agencies in Rovinj run boat excursions to the Lim Channel or you can hop on a boat once you get there. Read more.
Easily reachable by bus or car (43km), Porec is an ancient Roman town that boasts the glorious Euphrasian Basilica, a World Heritage Site. It's also on the coast with easy access to beaches and islands. Read more.
Pazin makes a relaxing stop on the way to seeing Motovun and Groznjan. The highlight is the famous "Pazin Chasm", made famous by Jules Verne. As Pazin doesn't get much tourism, it offers a glimpse of ordinary Istrian life in bucolic surroundings. Read more.
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Everyone's favorite hilltop village, Motovun (54km) is now attracting your more upscale types. Dining is good and the views over the Istrian countryside are remarkable. A car is necessary to visit. Read more.
Groznjan is another fetching hilltop village (69km) of a somewhat different, slightly more rustic style. It's the site of a prestigious musical training camp each summer. A car is necessary. Read more.
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