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Rovinj

Rovinj (Istriot: Ruvèigno or Ruveîgno; Italian: Rovigno) is a city in Croatia situated on the north Adriatic Sea with a population of 13,562 (2007).It is located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula and is a popular tourist resort and an active fishing port. Istriot, a Romance language once widely spoken in this part of Istria, is still spoken by part of the residents (also called Rovignese by those who speak it here). There is a centre of History Research which is an institution of the Council of Europe.

Geography Rovinj is one of nine towns in Istrian County. The climate is Mediterranean. The average temperature is 4.8 °C (40.6 °F) in January and 22.3 °C (72.1 °F) in July. The average annual temperature is 16 °C (60.8 °F). Sea temperature is more than 20 °C (68 °F) from the middle of June to the middle of September. The average annual sea temperature is 16.6 °C (61.9 °F).

From the middle of May to the middle of September the sun shines more than 10 hours a day. The rainfall averages 941 mm a year. The average humidity is 72%. Vegetation is subtropical.

Originally the peninsula on which the city lies was an island, separated from the mainland by a channel. The latter was filled in 1763. Rovinj Archipelago includes 22 islets.

History Rovinj was already a settlement of Illyrian tribes before being captured by the Romans, who called it Arupinium or Mons Rubineus, and later Ruginium and Ruvinium. Built on an island close to the coast, it was connected with the mainland in 1763 by filling in the channel.

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Red Island (St. Andrew and Maskin)

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Certainly one of the most beautiful of Rovinj's archipelagos and by all means one of the biggest - with a size of 233.000 m2 and one of the most attractive ones is the Red Island which is located nearby Rovinj, only a 15 minute boat-trip away. It is made up of two little islands, St. Andrew and Maskin, which are connected through an embankment.

St. Andrew was probably already populated in prehistorical times and in the 6th century the Benedictines erected the first church and founded the first monastery. They left the island in the 13th century. A litle bit later, in the mid 15th century, the abandoned objects were handed over to the Franciscans, thanks to who the monastery and the church were completely renovated. The Franciscans stayed there until the arrival of the French in 1809, after which the buildings on the island of St. Andrew started to decay. This period lasted until 1892, when a cement and lime factory was founded. At that time the church tower served as the factory chimney.

The Huetterott family bought the islands Maskin and St. Andrew in 1891 which rearranged the monastery into a family summer residence, and the very island was reorganized into a park that was planted with various plants from the whole world. Currently over 180 different kinds of plants are growing successfully on the island. J.G. Huetterott equipped the summer residence with many objects of art, and some of them are still in the castle. During that period the island had been the most favourite destination of guests from Austria-Hungary.

The central part of the church from the Benedictinian period, that in the ground-plan has the shape of a Greek cross, was maintained on the island. Today, this part has a small nautical museum with scale models of old ships and copies of frescoes from whole Istria. One part of the original frescoes is currently undergoing restauration. In the 1890s the monastery had been rearranged into the castle Huetterott, and on the neighbouring small island Maskin the family vault is located.

Unfortunately, in mid June 2002, the island was hit by a rough storm, when a large part of the hundred year old pines and other trees was devastated, so that the natural beauty of St. Andrew and especially that of Maskin, is damaged. Currently the island's plant covering is being improved.

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Diving center Puffer

Our diving center is situated in the hotel Istra on Red Island, near the city of Rovinj.

Every day we offer scuba diving trips generaly with one or two dives. Beside the captain there is always one of our dive-guides on board, who will explain in detailed briefings the dive site and the boat. For a comfortable, quick and safe journey to the dive sites we have the dive boat "Puffer". Learn more...

About Red Island

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Certainly one of the most beautiful of Rovinj's islands and by all means one of the biggest - with a size of 233.000 m2 and one of the most attractive ones is the Red Island which is located nearby Rovinj, only a 15 minute boat-trip away. It is made up of two little islands, St. Andrew and Maskin, which are connected. Learn more...