Vrsar, Istria, official web site for tourist informations

Vrsar, Istria, official web site
for tourist information

Casanova Tour

Interactive walk tour with Casanova through romantic Vrsar


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…


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.



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


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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The Small Town Gate in Vrsar is situated in the immediate vicinity of the Church of St Anthony of Padua. It was a secondary and mostly pedestrian entrance into Vrsar. The Small Gate is a part of the Vrsar fortification system. It was built in the Middle Ages, has Romanesque characteristics, and assumed today’s (final) form in the second half of the 18th century, when the Venetians placed their heraldic insignia above it. Unlike the Great Gate, this gate has a well-preserved wooden structure barring entry into the town, which is a rare case in Istria. The Small Town Gate in Vrsar, together with the passage connected to it within the walls, allow entry to the main town square (where the parish church was historically located), representing the quickest way out of town from the main square.

The following are the legal provisions mentioning the town gates of 1609:

Since the gates of settlements and areas are built not only to facilitate entry and exit from those settlements and areas, but also because, especially at night, when they are closed, they contribute to the safety of the population, and sometimes, when deemed necessary for reasons of guarding and defence, it is ordered that the two gates of this Vrsar Castle are to be repaired as soon as possible and maintained in a good conditions so that no people or animals can come through them except when they are open, and in evenings, immediately after the bell tolls Hail Mary, let the municipal stable master lock them with secure keys that must, when we are in Vrsar, or when our vicar is present here, be brought to the Castle every evening, and at dawn they will be returned to him so that he may open the said gates for the safety and pleasure of all.

Particularly for the purpose of keeping the gates closed at night, so that nothing out of ordinary may happen, we order the stable master, under pain of ban from office, three lashes with a whip, and one month of incarceration, never to open the said gates for anyone after they have been closed without an express consent of our vicar, and in our absence and [absence] of that vicar, [without the pass] of the gastald in whose house we wish the keys to be kept in such a case, and in his absence, in the house of one of the judges.