Well-known as the most romantic place in the Mediterranean, the Istrian town of Rovinj, leader of Croatian tourism in this part of the country, will also attract you with its unique old town centre with houses built on the cliffs. From here you can enjoy views of nearby islands, most notably Red Island (Crveni otok) and the island of St Catherine, and you can also learn about the local fishing tradition by investigating one of the symbols of Rovinj – the batana (a type of wooden boat). In the year 1888 a health resort opened, dedicated to poor children who suffered from scrofula and rickets, and this is considered to be the year that tourism officially started in Rovinj. The foundations of modern tourism were laid in the early 20th century with the construction of the first hotel in Rovinj. Today this destination can boast of its variety of cultural and entertainment events which attract a large number of visitors. The artists who come to the town during the Grisia outdoor art exhibition immortalise the beauty of Rovinj. In addition to the availability of high-quality campsites and other accommodation, Rovinj also offers its visitors many sporting activities and wellness opportunities.