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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VRSAR STONE SCULPTURES

Throughout history, Vrsar has rightly been called the town of stone. Vrsar still keeps a part of that stone working tradition, not only with its abandoned quarries, but also purposeful setting up and exhibition of various sculpture and other creative stone objects, mostly owing to the Montraker International School of Sculpture. 

A stroll along the Vrsar coast reveals numerous moorings, each of them unique – artistically crafted by the hands of a skilled sculptor. Similar artistic expressions in stone can be found at several viewpoints of Vrsar, public and green surfaces, and elsewhere in Vrsar. Those sculptures are not made of Vrsar stone (Pietra d’Orsera), but rather of Kanfanar stone is extremely hard and unsuitable for sculpting, and also because that type of stone is no longer mined in the area around Vrsar. Artistic expression can be found all over Vrsar where there are stone sculptures, mostly from the Montraker International School of Sculpture. In the old and abandoned Montraker quarry, after which the school was named, students and their professors/mentors as well as professional sculptors create and exhibit sculptures every year in August and September, creating a unique educational and tourism programme in Istria.