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Old Apr 15th, 2012, 04:57 PM
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I was in Piran for two nights and I wasn't bored; had I been, I would have explored Koper or another adjacent town. I tried to spend some time relaxing in Piran (swimming) but still spent too much time taking pictures. It's a small but photogenic town.
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Old Apr 15th, 2012, 07:21 PM
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> Porec, not much character and not terribly attractive, it seemed more modern.

I wonder what part of Porec is described here. Porec has a few Roman ruins, the magnificent 6th century Byzantine basilica (with older ruins on site), and a few medieval and Renaissance edifaces, all within a few blocks of each other, with island-studded waters surrounding the peninsula on which the historical quarter is located. The historic area is small, but I found it attractive and worth visiting.
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Old Apr 15th, 2012, 09:07 PM
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This discussion is really very helpful, so thanks. Since people's impressions are all different of course, I'm still trying to understand the differences between Piran and Rovinj. Those of you who said you liked Rovinj better - what was it that you felt made it better? - more 'picturesque'? better restaurants,more selection of them? more shops/galleries to explore? more things to do nearby?

Several people said Rovinj was bigger. Populations don't tell the whole story but according to wikipedia Piran has 16,000 and Rovinj has 13,000. Looking at google maps, the 'old towns', the parts on the peninsulas, are virtually the exact same size. So I'm not sure how you get the impression that Rovinj is larger and more substantial, but clearly that is the impression people get.

Anyway, I'd love to hear a little more about exactly WHY Rovinj is the preferred town.
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Old Apr 16th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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isabel,
We went to Rovonj a few years ago as part of a longer Croatia trip, and absolutely loved it. It is truly a photographer's dream, and you would love it.
We stayed there for maybe 4-5 nights, and used it as a base for the Istria peninsula (we had a car). You really need a car in those parts...

We will go to Piran in August - the main reason I want to go there is because everybody compares it with Rovinj, and I loved Rovinj. I hope I will not be disappointed.

When are you going? I will post when we get back.

If you haven't been to Croatia, I would probably save Rovinj for a Croatia trip. Here are some pics (scans from paper pics, so not great quality, but they will give you an idea)
http://ioana-mark.smugmug.com/Travel...200488&k=G8JHX
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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 01:15 AM
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My memory of Piran is it was pretty small, the main square was picturesque, it was reasonably flat near the square and marina area. The area near the seafront wasn't very nice - concrete, nothing to write home about.

Rovinj had more narrow walkways to explore, the marina area was lovely with lots of boats to look out on and the occasional ferry. We spent about double the time in Rovinj as we did in Piran and could have stayed longer. There wasn't a lot there, no massive cathedrals or brilliant museums (not that we found anyway) but it had a lovely atmosphere and we had some really good meals. I do remember parking was not cheap, there is a large parking lot outside the town, it was about 10 min flat walk into the centre.

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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 03:06 AM
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To even things up a little, I can tell you that the bus time from Ljubljana to Rovinj usually takes 3 hours, sometimes more and sometimes less.
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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 11:28 AM
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xyz - I am going in July. And I have been to the Dalmatian coast a couple years ago - loved Dubrovnik, Korcula and Split and it was in researching that trip that I discovered Rovinj and wanted to go there. So this trip is much more focused north. I am thinking of leaving Rovinj for a future trip that would include car rental.

Vicky - thanks for that info. The schedule I had been checking had daily buses that went from 13:45 to 19:15 (five and a half hours). But I just checked again and now I see one that leaves at 16:30 and arrives at 20:07. (And now I can't find that other schedule.) If the three and a half hour one is correct I am going to re-think Rovinj.

I had just about decided on Piran -much shorter (I though) bus ride from Ljubljana and then the trip to Trieste being doable by a taxi was really appealing. From the photos on line they book look really nice, and really quite similar - in fact Piran almost looks better, but most people are saying Rovinj. Oh, decisions, decisions.
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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 04:52 PM
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> I am thinking of leaving Rovinj for a future trip that would include car rental.

There is definite merit to that idea. As others have already noted, much of the charm of a visit to Istria lies in taking road trips to various little hill towns.
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I feel like a lot of people on this thread have gone to both Piran and Rovinj. Which do you prefer for 2 nights in November?

I am trying to decide between the two for a November trip of Venice, Ljubljana, Bled, and Vienna. I am traveling with my mom who is a photographer (late 60s) and my sister (early 20s)

Rovinj would be an hour detour for us and slightly more expensive in Gooptis, but it seems to be slightly better. Also I love love love Croatia, and my mom and sister have never been.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 11:51 AM
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Keep in mind that both Piran and Rovinj are part of the same region, essentially: "Istria." Now they are in separate countries, but both were once Venetian and still both officially bilingual You may feel like "I might prefer Rovinj because I love Croatia," but I'm not sure if that will matter much.

They are both lovely towns.

Also keep in mind that border crossings between Slovenia and Croatia have recently been slow (on and off). Maybe the by fall things will be smooth again, but if you happen to travel at a busy time, even a GoOpti shuttle might be delayed.

Also note that there are more towns in the region besides Piran and Rovinj. I'm back in Ljubljana right now. There are some really neat little towns nearby like Skofja Loka - an easy day trip by bus. If you rent a car, you can stop on the way to Bled and enjoy a beautiful scenic detour through the mountains between Skofja Loka and Bled. (Doing just Skofja Loka and Bled by bus in one day may be possible too but not sure how practical it would be, especially in the fall when days get short.) I'm not sure about the timing of fall colors, but if there's any chance at all you'd catch them in early November, I'll bet the views from that drive would be stunning. (I'm a photographer too.) Piran and Rovinj are lovely, but they are also both fairly small...
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