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Rovinj, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Rovinj, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Rovinj?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Rovinj, they said:

"Rovinj is a beautiful coastal town known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. Before moving to Rovinj, expats should be aware that the official language is Croatian, so learning some basic phrases would be beneficial. English is widely spoken in tourist areas, but less so in residential neighborhoods. The cost of living in Rovinj is generally lower than in many Western European countries, but it's still important to budget carefully. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro, so expats should be prepared for currency exchange. Rovinj has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, so expats from colder climates might need time to adjust. The town is also a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer, which can lead to crowded streets and higher prices. Healthcare in Croatia is of a good standard, but expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance. It's also worth noting that while Rovinj has local healthcare facilities, more serious conditions may require travel to larger cities. Public transportation in Rovinj is reliable, but many locals and expats prefer to use bicycles or walk due to the town's small size. If you plan to drive, be aware that you'll need a valid international driving permit. Croatia is part of the European Union, so EU citizens can move and work freely in Rovinj. Non-EU citizens will need to secure a visa and work permit. The food in Rovinj is heavily influenced by Italian cuisine, with plenty of seafood and local produce. Expats should also be aware that smoking is more common in Croatia than in some other countries, and is allowed in many bars and restaurants. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Croatians are generally welcoming and friendly, but they also appreciate when foreigners make an effort to understand and respect their culture," said one expat in Rovinj.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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