Vrsar, Istria, official web site for tourist informations

Vrsar, Istria, official web site
for tourist information

Diving – The Mysterious Adriatic Depths

Istra is not only beautiful in its green, hilly interior and along its ever unfolding coast where the evergreen touches the Adriatic but in the sea world that surrounds it as well.

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Historical heritage in Vrsar

The name Vrsar (Italian: Orsera) is very old. In Medieval Latin documents the name appeard in different variants: Ursaria, Ursarium, Vrsarium, Orsaria…

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A Rich Culinary Tradition

All fragrances and aromas blend in Vrsar to give a harmonious overture into the characteristic gastronomy of Istria. Sea food, grilled fish and meat delicacies that can be tasted in charming restaurants and authentic konobas (taverns) are just a small part of the rich gourmet experience offered by Vrsar.

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SPORT, NATURE, ACTIVITIES…

There are many sports and activities for you to choose – tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, even bowling and mini golf.

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Natural Wonders

From the shores of the Adriatic to the lowlands and undulating hills in the hinterland, the natural wonders of Vrsar and its surroundings are the source of inspiration for every traveller desiring rest and relaxation.

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ISLAND OF KOVERSADA

The coastline of Vrsar, together with the Brijuni islands, is considered to be the most developed part of the Istrian coast. Eighteen local islands contribute to the indentation of the coast, and Koversada is one of them. It has a surface area of 67,477 m2 and its coastline is 990 m long. Its significance lies in the development of tourism in Vrsar and its recognisability in Western Europe in the second half of the 20th century.

In historical and cartographic sources, Koversada is mentioned under the name Conversada; its name is probably derived from the Latin verb convertere, which might, according to some interpretations, indicate that converts used to inhabit or at least temporarily reside on the island. In the sources, the island is mentioned under the following names: Konversari, Kuvrsada/Kuversada (Koversada), Koversada, Koorsada, Koorsari, Koorsara, škoj od Koversade, Koveršada, Konverzada, Konversada, Conversada, Versada. With its surface area of 67.477 m2 and 990 m long coastline, it is the second largest island in the archipelago of Vrsar (after Sveti Juraj).

Since 1960, the island has been developing as the centre of naturism in Istria, but in Europe as well – the so called FKK (Frei Körper KulturFree Body Culture). In 1976, the island of Koversada was connected with the mainland by means of a bridge approximately a hundred metres long. Thus the “Koversad” naturist centre became one of the most modern resorts for naturists. At the time, the “naturist town” could host around ten thousand naturists.