The Croatian city of Rovinj is located in the county of Istria on the North Adriatic Sea and on the western coast of the Istrian Peninsular. It is a particularly picturesque old city, making it a popular tourist resort. It also boasts a thriving active fishing port.
The city is officially bilingual and both Italian and Croatian are widely spoken. Served by Pula airport, which is around 30km south of the city, the trip takes around 40 minutes by car. However, it should be noted that cars are not permitted in the old town area.
The old town is a maze of narrow, winding streets. The nightlife here is sophisticated and cultured with a good number of excellent restaurants and wine bars. The Piassa Granda has a selection of around 140 wines and while you could drink more cheaply elsewhere, if you want a good glass of wine served by connoisseurs, then it is well worth a visit.
If, however, music and excitement is what you crave, then there is plenty to be found in the city. The Monvi Centre is a multimedia complex offering everything from a disco club to a wine bar. The Temple Super Club features internationally renowned DJs as well as top resident DJs and go-go dancers.
If live music is more your thing, then take a look to see what is playing at the Monvi Centre Amphitheatre. There is also a cocktail bar and an Istrian-style summer bar serving a great mixture of interesting beverages. If you are hungry then there is an Italian Pizza Restaurant, a Mexican Restaurant or, for times when only sugar will do, a sweet bar serving ice-cream, pancakes, cupcakes and fruit cups for the health conscious.
If dancing is not to your taste, try the Havana Club. With a fantastic seafront location, they play Latino music, have a great range of drinks and a laid-back atmosphere which all make for a great night out.
Caffe Bar XL in the old town is popular with both tourists and locals. It is conveniently located for the thirsty as it is located at the very top of the old town, at the foot of St Euphemia Cathedral. It offers great views across the bay, especially at sunset, an experience which is made all the better with a refreshingly cold drink.
For the ultra cool and retro, the Rio Bar on the Harbour is the place to be and be seen. It may not appear all that impressive, but with fantastic views across the harbour and the old town this little bar is right at the centre of the action. Get a table outside to ensure that you get the best of what the bar has to offer. Expect the music to be old school - with a healthy dose of the Smiths and Dire Straits, you can`t go too far wrong!
Warmer weather and the opportunity for a better way of life tempt many people to make more permanent plans to live abroad. Many tourist resorts employ extra staff during the tourist season and those with good language skills are particularly sought after. If you are considering immigration, remember that many countries have strict criteria governing entry for work, so make sure you do your homework first.