Sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia are simply spectacular. Whether the glowing sphere slips uninterrupted into the horizon or if clouds shift the light into varying shades of orange and pink, Rovinj sunsets don’t disappoint. Because the Rovinj Old Town is situated on a peninsula, there are numerous spots to witness the spectacle – and we discovered the absolute best places to watch the sun go down.
The Best Rovinj Sunset Viewing Spots
During our three weeks in Rovinj, we were on a mission to find the best place for viewing sunsets. We rarely watched from the same place twice in a row, but a few spots quickly became favorites. Our list includes 8 places in Rovinj to watch the sunset – and a helpful map at the end of the post!
Top Tip: Wine goes great with sunsets! If you opt to watch the sunset from the coast (rather than from a cafe or boat), we recommend picking up some Rovinj wine from Vivoda Winery and a few snacks to enhance your sunset viewing experience.
#1 Sunsets in Rovinj from the Pillbox
On the western tip of Rovinj, under the lighthouse (which is below St. Euphemia Church), there is an old, military pillbox. The elevated concrete structure provides broad, unobstructed views of the Adriatic Sea and the setting sun, yet is close enough to the shore that we can still hear the sounds of the water on the rocks. As a bonus, the vantage point is fantastic for seeking out pods of dolphins in the distance.
#2 Sunsets from the Rocky Rovinj Beaches
One of the best things about Rovinj is the rocky shoreline beaches. The beaches are popular with sunbathers and swimmers during the day…but provide the perfect perch for the evening sunset, too. Rocky beaches line the southern edge of the Old Town from the pier to the western point. The soundtrack of water lapping the shoreline complements the view perfectly.
#3 Rovinj Sunsets from the Pier
The Rovinj Pier is, perhaps, the most popular place for watching the sun set. The long pier extends directly south from the Old Town, providing ample western-facing spots for sunset watching. The viewpoint encompasses both Katarina Island and the southern side of the Old Town. Get there early to grab the best spots!
#4 Rovinj Harbor Sunsets
The edge of the harbor that faces west provides a stunning view of the old town and St. Euphemia bell tower. There are many cafes along the walkway, but plenty of open space to watch the sunset, too. While the view isn’t unobstructed, the bobbing boats in the foreground add a special touch to the scene.
#5 Watch Sunsets from the Dock
Hanging around gas pumps for sunset hardly sounds romantic. However, the spot at the western end of the north car park is great for watching the sunset from a different angle.
#6 Sunsets in Rovinj from the Mainland
Rather than watching the sunset from the Rovinj peninsula, take in the view from the mainland. From the Old Town, it’s just a short walk inland (past the north parking lots, go slightly uphill, take the first street on the left and cut down to the rocks). The secluded spot has amazing views of the old town and nearby islands. However, the view of the sunset could be altered by the number/position of large ships in the harbor.
#7 Sunset Cafes in Rovinj
There are several cafes along the shore between the pier and the beaches, offering drinks with a view, and sometimes live music.
Riviera might not be the most ideal spot for sunsets in Rovinj, because you have to twist in your seat to see and risk having other patrons block the view. However, the cafe is centrally located next to the pier and offers fairly inexpensive drinks…and usually has a fun and lively crowd, too.
Located along Svetoga Kriza/Santa Croce, Monte Carlo has a seaside terrace with tables, but higher prices. However, the view over the water from the waterfront tables is amazing!
Mediterrraneo Bar, a place with a chill vibe and bean bags for chairs, is accessed through an archway and down a set of stairs. Unfortunately, since it is tucked into the rocks, only those sitting right along the water get the view.
The pretentious Valentino has the best view, but we were slightly put off by the uncharacteristic velvet rope and wait-to-be-seated sign that doesn’t jive with the rest of Rovinj’s relaxed atmosphere. However, during our shoulder season visit, we saw them close their doors for the winter, leaving their prime perch on the rocks open to the public and BYOers like ourselves!
#8 Rovinj Sunset Boat Cruise
To be honest, we never actually did a sunset cruise – but only because there were so many magnificent spots to watch the sunset from the shoreline! There are numerous sunset boat cruises in Rovinj, including the popular Mare Panorama Boat and Delfin. Visitors who want a sunset and champagne experience can book their Rovinj sunset cruise in advance online. Find out more!
Wherever we watched sunsets in Rovinj, we were never alone. We were always accompanied by tourists, photographers and fisherman. However, we noticed that tourists often leave the moment right after the sun dips below the horizon. We recommend staying around for 15 minutes more when the sky becomes most brilliant. We like to linger until almost dark, relishing the last bits of colorful light in the sky.
Where to Watch the Sunset in Rovinj, Croatia Map
Note: We visited Rovinj from mid-September to early October. There may be better/different places to watch the sunset during other times of the year.
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