St. George Island
The Island of Sveti Juraj (St. George) is the most impressive natural feature of Vrsar and its surrounding area. It is an island right next to the coast, suitably maintained and well-cared for, which makes it an ideal day-trip destination.
With its unspoilt landscape, stone church of the early medieval period, old quarry, beaches, holm oak-dominated vegetation, and a few pine trees, the island provides a soothing and completely natural landscape for leisure and relaxation.
The Island of St. George has several walking trails across the whole territory, which makes all parts of the island accessible to its visitors. You can stay on the island during the day time, and you can find conveniently located berths on its eastern side, below the church of St. George.
Numerous visitors will be keen on swimming the short distance between the land and the island, which will give them a unique, and a little bit different persperctive of the old town of Vrsar, port and marina.
With its well-designed walking trails, old quarry, restored Romanesque church and spectacular views of the Vrsar Marina and the historic centre, St. George definitely makes for one of the most recognizable traits of Vrsar and its surroundings.
Lim Bay – Stunning Natural Attraction
The Kontija Forest
The Vrsar Hinterland – Red Soil Vrsar Hinterland
The whole Vrsar territory belongs to the western Istrian Karst plain, an area marked by red soil slowly rising from the coastal area towards the more dynamic landscape of central Istria. The features of this Karst plain are clearly perceived when taking the road from Vrsar to Gradina, and from there moving further, through the village of Marasi, to the municipality of Sveti Lovreč.
The coastal part around Vrsar also features numerous prominent hills, while the area stretching towards Lim Bay turns into a karst plain and spans all the way to Kloštar, below which the Lim Bay ends and the dry Draga riverbed begins.
The Vrsar hinterland is marked by the typical geomorphological forms characterisitic of karst landscape: a layer of red soil covering karst rocks, gentle karst valleys and several locations with limited distribution of karren.
The ambiance of the Vrsar hinterland is one of an interesting natural and rural environment, which is a perfect setting for the nearby villages.
The older parts of these rural settlements boast stone wall building along with the striking feature of traditional Istrian architecture, in this way creating a definitely attractive ambiance.