Vrsar, Istria, official web site for tourist informations

Vrsar, Istria, official web site
for tourist information

Important !

In order to decrease risk of spread of coronavirus, Vrsar Tourist Board office will be closed after March 16th until further notice.


CANCELED !!! Limes Bike tour , recreational cycling event on 25th April

Among the large number of amateur cycling races on the Istrian peninsula, the Limes Bike Tour organised by the Vrsar Tourist Board is getting more and more important. This event is mainly intended for families with children, but is also open for participants of all ages.


Casanova Tour

Interactive walk tour with Casanova through romantic Vrsar


Ocean Lava triathlon, oct. 23.-25.2020.

Ocean Lava Planet has extended its wings with a new event in Croatia. Taking place in Istria, the peninsula situated in the north-west of the country, Ocean Lava Triathlon Vrsar-Croatia takes place on October 23-25, 2020.


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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Sveti Juraj (Saint George) is the largest island in the archipelago of Vrsar. It forms a natural shelter for the quayside of Vrsar and the modern marina. Its surface area is 112,408 m2, and its coastline is 1,733 m long. The island has the same name as the church built on it; today it is an ideal destination for one-day excursions for the inhabitants of Vrsar and their guests.

The coastline of Vrsar, together with the Brijuni islands, is considered to be the most developed part of the Istrian coast. Sveti Juraj is the largest island in the archipelago of Vrsar. Its surface area is 112,408 m2, and its coastline is 1,733 m long. It is an island close to the coast, properly maintained, which makes it an ideal destination for one-day excursions. Throughout history, it was kept by the brotherhood of St George. Its unspoiled nature, a small stone church from the early medieval period, the old quarry, beaches and vegetation dominated by evergreen oak trees (Lat. Quercus ilex) and a number of pine trees create a relaxing ambiance for leisure in tune with nature. The island is properly maintained. A network of several hiking trails runs across it, allowing leisurely visitors to visit all its parts. The island may be visited during the day. On its eastern side, blow the Church of St George, there is a suitable small anchorage which allows disembarking onto the island. Many visitors will want to swim the distance between the mainland and the island and thus get the opportunity to enjoy a unique – somewhat different – view of the old town centre, quayside and marina of Vrsar.

Wild rabbits and game used to inhabit the island throughout history, but it was forbidden to hunt them, as evidenced by the following legal provisions from Vrsar: Furthermore, everyone is forbidden, regardless of their position and status, to come to the island of Sveti Juraj to hunt and trap wild rabbits and other game under pain of penalty of 25 liras for each person and every time as well as other circumstances according to discretion.

On the island of Sveti Juraj, near the quarry on its highest point on the west side, there is an ancient spring of water that used to be maintained (captured). It is likely that Vrsar was named after it (Lat. Ursaria).