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

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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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STREETS, STAIRCASES, SLOPES AND CHIMNEYS OF VRSAR

The old town of Vrsar follows the medieval concept of a walled-in town and the characteristic street layout. Its streets are narrow, mostly not of equal width, very winding, stretching through the fabric of the town among numerous buildings. All streets in Vrsar are on a slope, following the natural shape of the hill on which Vrsar is situated. Such a narrow ambient resembles a labyrinth – each corner, climb or intersection opens to reveal a new architectural detail (a window, balcony, staircase, gate or entrance), and with it a micro-architectural ambiental whole, as a kind of a challenge and surprise for travellers, guests or tourists. 

All streets of the old town of Vrsar end on the highest point near the parish church, bell tower and castle, leading from the sole town gate, whose position as the entrance into the narrow and interesting architectural and traditional acropolic urban fabric is both actual and symbolic. In Vrsar, one ascends or descends slopes or staircases. Walking toward the town gate, viewpoints, beaches, quayside and marina on stone staircases and slopes, one winds along the distinct traditional architecture of the Northern Adriatic. From time to time, vistas of the gardens, Montraker, sea and islands open, complementing and enriching the experience of the setting. A distinct feature of the traditional architecture in Vrsar, as seen from above, involves the rooftops and chimneys of Vrsar. In many places in Istria, it is evident that chimneys do not reflect only the local architectural style, but also specific climate characteristics of a settlement or area. The traditional chimneys in Vrsar were narrow and very tall, made originally of stone, later of brick as well, and their external surface was routinely plastered. While in other parts of Istria chimney tops have a pyramidal cap, in Vrsar they are made exclusively of tiles laid in a 45-degree angle, forming a ridge. On the top of that structure there are several horizontal tiles (depending on the height of the chimney) that shield against wind and water. In the wake of numerous restorations of buildings built in the traditional architectural style of Vrsar, many traditional chimneys were not restored to resemble their original appearance, but some of them were.