Vrsar - The Historic Town with a Myriad of Activities

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Vrsar is located near the southern tip of Croatia’s western peninsula Istria, and benefits from a mild, Mediterranean climate. This, combined with its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities, makes the town a popular destination with tourists. Croatia has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with all regions of the country having evidence of inhabitation during the Neolithic and Copper Age eras. As a consequence of its long history, Vrsar has a rich culture. Tourism has become a key industry, although the longstanding winemaking trade is still thriving. The local refošk or refosco is the perfect accompaniment to game and poultry, and it is the ideal reward following a day of outdoor pursuits in this charming coastal town.

Location: Fly via Pula or Zagreb

A popular tourist destination, the town is most easily accessible from Pula Airport. However, most airlines only offer seasonal flights to Pula, so if travelling off-peak, travel via Zagreb International Airport. Buses and taxis are readily available to take passengers from Pula to Vrsar. If travelling from Zagreb, there is an hourly train to Karlovac, from where bus connections via Rijeka and Poreč can be taken.

Business: Thriving Tourism Industry

Vrsar is a small historic town, and its main industries are fishing, farming, winemaking, and tourism. The warm climate and proximity to Poreč attract numerous tourists, and while the town is popular with families, it attracts many sailors and sporting enthusiasts as well. Unusually, there is a sports airport, the Aeropark Vrsar, which offers panoramic flights and trips to the small, uninhabited islands along the nearby coastline. Parachute jumps and aerobatic flights are also on offer.

Culture: Romantic Retreat

Due its hilltop position on the Istrian coast, the twelfth century saw a fortification system being constructed. Parts of this, including the fortress castle, have been preserved, and offer insight into the town’s rich history. The famous Giovanni Giacomo Casanova visited Vrsar twice during the eighteenth century, and his stays are documented in his memoirs. The town holds an annual ‘Casanovafest’ each summer, in commemoration of his visit, and in celebration of love.

Activities: Sport and Sculpture

Vrsar is a wonderful destination in which to embrace the outdoors, and the town offers a clean coast on which to relax, as well as many opportunities for hiking or bike riding. A variety of sports is catered for, such as swimming, diving, parasailing, and skydiving. A free-of-charge sculpture park is a popular attraction and can be found just outside the town. As well as art, spectacular views over Vrsar can be enjoyed from here.