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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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.