For centuries has Rovinj been turned to the sea - the town gets its wealth, way of life, mentality, development and future all from the sea. Today, for many visitors to Istria, Rovinj is the candidate for the prettiest and architecturally most beautiful coastal town in Istria. It's atmospheric streets are packed full of artists galleries, tasteful shops and, of course, excellent restaurants. Rovinj's harbour is a likeable mix of fishing boats, gelaterias and sunshine terraces. But this town has also known how to preserve its nature and accept, at the same time, all the challanges of modern tourism. All the Rovinj coast and the surrounding twenty-two islands and islets are a protected natural heritage. There is the island of Katarina for those who are looking for the sun, sea, clean air, peace and a shady spot. The island of Crveni otok (Red Island) is known as Flower Island, too, hecause of its lavish vegetation. Besides all the beauties of its hidden corners, this green paradise provides everything a modern tourist may wish for. The whole Rovinj hinterland is is just like this: a happy union of the past and the comfort of the present, a peaceful place for rest and joy.