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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Since the Middle Ages, Vrsar has been situated on a prominent hill by the sea, which gave rise to excellent viewpoints overlooking the local islands, islets, bays and inlets. The views of the island of Sveti Juraj, Vrsar quayside and marina, Church of St Mary of the Sea, and the abandoned Montraker quarry contribute to the value of the Vrsar viewpoints. The views of the old town of Vrsar, old stone houses built in the traditional style and distinct uniqueness of chimneys that dominate the houses in the old town centre are particularly cherished.

The largest viewpoint is located beneath the Church of St Anthony of Padua, just below the Small Gate of Vrsar, offering a wide view toward the southwest. It is one of the oldest and largest viewpoints of Vrsar, shaded by trees. There are a stone table, benches and traditional Istrian water cistern (šterna). Behind it, an intimate ambient of a small square in front of the Small Gate and the Church of St Anthony of Padua.

Another viewpoint is located behind the parish Church of St Martin, with a view stretching toward the north, of Valkanela and the Funtana archipelago. It is a multi-level viewpoint, with several terraces, allowing a greater number of persons to enjoy it.

Only a few dozen metres below it there is a viewpoint called “Bepo and Tonina”. It is a small viewpoint looking toward the northwest, distinct for its stylised sculpture of a man and woman, called Bepo and Tonina respectively, serving as the backrest of a bench.

In Vrsar, there is also a viewpoint called “Casanova”, offering a nice view of the Vrsar quayside, marina and the island of Sveti Juraj. This viewpoint too contains a bench in the form of an artwork made of Istrian stone. Near the viewpoint there is an old wall, complementing the ambient featuring Istrian stone, while a tree has been planted in the very centre of the viewpoint in order to provide a shade in the summer months and a refreshing feeling for passers-by.

The most beautiful view in Vrsar is found on the tallest building in Vrsar – the bell tower of Vrsar. It is the most popular viewpoint offering a view of the Church of St Euphemia, the islands around Vrsar, Funtana, and the area around Poreč as well as the Vrsar hinterland and its numerous hills.

There is a somewhat forgotten viewpoint next to the old (today non-existing) Church of St Martin on the eastern approach to Vrsar. Even though the church is abandoned, it was located on the place with a beautiful view of the Vrsar hill, perhaps the most beautiful view of the old town centre of Vrsar.

On the shore of Lim Bay there are numerous locations and suitable spots for viewing that natural phenomenon and its other (southern) shore. Those are not artificially crafted viewpoints, but simply places hidden from view that often attract tourists, holidaymakers, visitors and adventurers.

The ambient and romantic atmosphere of the viewpoints of Vrsar is recognised, among other things, in so called Vrsar Serenades. They are summer events, musical evenings on the viewpoints of Vrsar, featuring old-fashioned musical expressions of love.