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.

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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.

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Casanova Tour

Interactive walk tour with Casanova through romantic Vrsar

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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.

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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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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.