The charming town of Vrsar managed to seduce even the famous Casanova in the eighteenth century, and is today one of the many irresistable destinations on the Istrian peninsula. From the hilltop which houses the old town core, a historical knot untangles towards the foothills of modern entertainment, with the eighteen untouched islands of its archipelago rounding up the Mediterranean idyll.
Vrsar - a medieval treasure trove of art
Once a fortified town, Vrsar hides its charms inside the old town core, with two thirteenth-century gates guard the entrance. Besides those two, the remains of medieval walls continue their vigil near the ancient summer palace of the bishops of Poreč. This palace and the adjoining tower with its sundial loom over the dreamy town of Vrsar.
Near by lies the Church of Saint Martin, whose tall bell tower contains an unusual collection of old church bells. Sacral wealth awaits at the Church of Saint Fosca, in its widely-known treasury of art. The veranda of the small Church of Saint Anthony has been an unforgettable element of beautiful Vrsar since the seventeenth century.
The romantic Vrsar in Istria's stone museum
Vrsar is a wellspring of inspiration, and the finest samples of its stony creativity can be seen all over the town. An enchanting gallery of twenty-six open-air exhibits has enriched Vrsar since 1970 through its mix of stone, creativity and nature, at the Dušan Džamonja Sculpture park.
The rocky tale continues in an abandoned quarry, taken over during the summer by the Montraker school of sculpture, where anyone wishing to try their sculpting skills is welcome to attend.
The name Montraker is extended to music as well. The Montraker Live Music festival fills all the town with nocturnal melodies. Romantic sounds reach far and wide also during the Sea and guitars festival, and the attractive Casanovafest brings numerous arts together for a major attempt at seduction - for its duration, everything in Vrsar is tinged with love and romance.