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Vrsar-Orsera is situated at the same mouth of the Lim Channel, on a 54 metres high hill. The original settlement was set on the very top of the hill. The original settlement was set on the very top of the hill, but later on it spread down the hill slopes. The present-day Vrsar-Orsera has developed along the sea - shore. It is surrounded by romantic islets and cliffs named Figarolica, Lakal, Salamon, Zavata, Galiner, St. Juraj, Longa, Gusti Školj, Tuf, Galopon, Koversada and Orlandin. To the north the harbour is bounded by the promontory called Montraker.

The name Vrsar-Orsera (Italian: Orsera) is very old. In Medieval Latin documents the name appeard in different variants: Ursaria, Ursarium, Vrsar-Orseraium, Orsaria... The name Ursaria was even used for the whole coastline between the village Funtana-Fontane and the Lim Channel. According to some linguists, the old Mediterranean word ''ur'' meaning ''water spring'' has been preserved in the root of the name Ursaria. Namely, while sailing along the western coast of Istra the ancient sailors were providing themselves with drinking water from the spring between Funtana-Fontane and Vrsar-Orsera and so the name Ursaria emerged. In the Roman and Byzantine times Vrsar-Orsera was known under that name. In the early Middle Ages the Slavs (Croats) adjusted the ancient name to their pronunciation. In the Croatian version ''u'' was converted into ''v''. The ending ''ia'' disappeared, what resulted in the Croatian name ''Vrsar-Orsera''.

The Italian name Orsera has developed basing on the old name Ursaria. Pietro Coppo, an Italian geographer living in the 16th century, connected by mistake the name Orsera eith the patrician family Orsini, claiming that a mamber of this family settled down in Vrsar-Orsera and gave the name to the town. The explanation of Orsera being named after the archbishop Urso from Ravenna is likewise wrong.

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Praises from abroad to Istria

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

  • Best Wine Regions for Winter and Spring Travel 2014

  • Best Beach Holiday Destination 2013

  • Istria Top Summer Food Destination 2013

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.

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