Town and port of Vrsar are situated on the west coast of Istria . It is a well-known tourist destination with developed tourist offer. In front of Vrsar, there is one of the most beautiful archipelagos with 18 uninhabitable islets. The name of the town can be traced to various origins: Ursaria, Orsaria, Vrsarium. In its root, the name of the town kept the old word ur, meaning "source." In the 5th c., a larger center is established with an old Christian church.
The oldest building phase of castelli situated on hilltops began in the Romanic period, when Vrsar was a fortressed settlement and the center of feudal properties of the Porec bishops. There is the church of St. Foska from the 17th c. and the three-naval basilica of St. Mary of the Sea. Also from the 17th c., there is the church of St. Anthony, built in Renaissance-Baroque style. The building of municipal church of St. Martin on hilltop started in 1804, and it was completed only in 1935. Between the 12 and the 17th c., in the Vrsar bay there was a salt plant and numerous quarries. Venetian palaces, bridges and churches were built with the Vrsar stone, the well-known Pietra Orsera. Famous sculptors such as Leonardo Tagliapietra and Antonio Rizzo used to come here. It is noted that Pope Alexander III visited Vrsar in 1177. Reportedly, the famous adventurer Giacomo Casanova visited Vrsar twice in the 18th c.
Climate is mediterranean with mild winters and long warm summers. In the spring, the average temperature is 12,5 °C, in the summer 23,4 °C, in the autumn 15,6 °C, and in the winter 5,5 °C. The west coast of Istria has about 2000 sunny hours a year on the average. Basic winds are bura, jugo and maestral. Bura mainly blows in the winter from the continent to the sea and it brings colder weather, jugo blows from the sea to the continent and it brings cloudy weather and rain, while maestral, which blows from the sea in the summer, brings nice refreshment.