The Best Places to Watch Sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia by

Sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia

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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. 

We witnessed many beautiful sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia


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

Watching sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia 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

We saw spectacular sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia along the rocky 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 pier is a popular spot for sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia - with a view of the stunning old town, it is easy to understand why!

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

Watching sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia from the harbor added a special touch with bobbing baots in the foreground

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

The dock at the car park may not be very romantic, but it's a great place to watch sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia

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

For a more seculded spot to watch sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia, we walked to the mainland and took it in from afar

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 Cafe

Watching a sunset in Rovinj, Croatia from the Riviera Cafe near the pier

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. 


Monte Carlo

Watching the sunset from Monte Carlo was a bit pricy, but worth it for the stellar views!

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

The low-key atmosphere at Mediterraneo Bar was a fantastic spot for watching the sunset - as a bonus, on some nights, there is also live music

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.



Watching sunsets from Valentino's in Rovinj, Croatia is a slightly too pretentious for us, but when they closed for the season, we were able to partake of their prime perch!

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

Watching sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia from a boat is a great option!

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!


Watching the afterglow from the setting sun in Rovinj, Croatia

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

Map Where to Watch Sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia

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. 

We want to know: Have you watched the sunset in Rovinj, Croatia? Tell us about your favorite Rovinj sunset spot? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments below!


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8 thoughts on “Sunsets in Rovinj, Croatia

  1. BBQboy

    Oh wow, gorgeous! Really fabulous. Here in Romania been cool and grey during the 2 weeks we’ve been here, completely depressive. We have to get the f*ck out.
    I can see you’re loving Croatia.
    Frank (bbqboy)
    PS what are temps like this time of year? Sweater weather?

    • We were swimming in the sea a week ago! But, it’s turned a bit grey and rainy since then. We take advantage of the sunshine when we can and yesterday was gorgeous! Should be turning summer where you are heading! What are your plans in SA?

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