Undoubtedly, when you take size in to account with amount of appeal, Rovinj is one of, if not the loveliest towns in Istria. I first visited it in 2005 and loved it. It has a charming allure to it that hasn’t been spoiled by being too developed or overblown with touristic apartments. Admittedly, I was there at the end of May and it was something of a quiet time for the city. Sure, there tourists, but not scores of them and it was pleasant to stay there and chill out. The Hotel Rovinj, where we stayed, wasn’t glamorous, but it worked and had a great view.
Now, I return two years later at the peak of tourist season in August and well, I wish I had never scene the town like this. The piles of trash beach tourists are too numerous to count. There is crap like guys on sound systems getting people to toss basketballs. There are fat, old tan men walking around with their shirts open. There are guys in speedos with bellies. Woman in their 50’s walk around looking like leather in their bikinis they are far too old to wear. And most importantly, everyone just strolls around like cattle. The vast majority of them buy nothing. They shop for food outside the town at large supermarkets that are cheap, then they just use the town like a museum, walking around without buying anything.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there is a Jägermeister DJ stage set up and anyone who knows about Jägermeister knows that wherever it goes, unter-classy, out of control drunkenness follows. I think this was the final straw that, after a 20 minute walk through the old town, I had to leave.
It’s just sad to see because it’s such a nice town and these idiots that go there in search of beach have no place there. There is one spot to swim in the old town proper and that’s a set of rocks that jut out from the Hotel Rovinj. That is not a beach. People who want beach should not go there. They should stay away. British in search of their panacea “sandy beaches” should never go there. But for some reason all these people are here. I don’t get it. But I do understand this crowd and the fact that they’re going to probably just get bigger with time and that I can never, ever, under any circumstances go to Rovinj from June to August. Doing so will just make me sad…