- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Porec, Croatia
Poreč/Parenzo is a town and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, in Istria County, Croatia. Its major landmark is the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Porec is the most popular holiday resort in Istria and is frequently named the top resort in Croatia by the Croatian National Tourist Office. There are over 100,000 beds available in the area, but hotels and other facilities are widely spread so the place never feels too crowded.
The main tourist areas are two bays south of the town, called Zelena (Green) and Plava (Blue) Laguna (lagoon). They are almost like small towns, with several hotels in each, as well as camping facilities, a marina and shopping and entertainment areas. Most visitors stay in one of the two.
If you’re in the main part of town and fancy a bit of swimming and sunbathing, head to nearby Sveti Nikola island which you can reach by a regular boat (the journey is only a few minutes).
Sightseeing in Porec
Given the town’s long history, a visit to the old town is a must due to its numerous historical sites – particularly the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica which is wonderfully preserved and is well known for its beautiful gold mosaics. The Basilica is really a collection of various buildings, including a bapistry and the Bishop’s Palace. The entry to the church is free, although a small donation is much appreciated. The Basilica was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
The Decumanus is the main street in Porec which runs east-west through the centre of the old town. It was also the main road during prehistoric and Roman times.
Marafor Square (Trg Marafor) is where a Roman forum was once situated, and parts of two temples – to Neptune and Mars – can still be seen here.
North of Marafor Square, the Parliament Buildings (of the then Istrian regional parliament; the buildings are now a museum) can be found. These were converted from a Franciscan church which was built in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Reasons to visit Porec Croatia
History & Culture
Porec is rich in history in clture. The town’s main sight, the Episcopal Complex of Euphrasian Basilica, is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other top sights include roman temples, medieval town walls and fortresses, gothic, batoque and romanesque palaces.
A good choice of accommodation
Porec has the best choice of accommodation in all Istria. Two large Croatian hotel chains, Valamar and Laguna Porec, operate majority of large hotels, resorts and campsites in Porec. Besides, there is a variety of apartment and villa rentals to choose from, and a youth hostel Papalina is located right downtown.
Centrally located to explore Istria
Porec is perfectly located to explore the entire peninsula. You can visit all Istrian top sights within an hour drive from Porec.
A good value for money
Porec really offers a good value for money when it comes to your holidays. While it’s not the cheapest place to stay in Istria (check Rabac, Vrsar & Novigrad for cheap stays), it has a lot to offer for your money: a variety of activities, historical sights, a choice of restaurants, great bars, cafes, and night clubs. Porec hotels offer buffet breakfast and dinner included in the room rate. This fact alone can make you save lots of money.
From north to south, Porec has over 10 km of coastline. Beaches here range from rocky, cemented, pebble to (even!) sandy. Plenty choice for everybody. Sun and sea is still the number one reason to visit Porec.
Porec, along with Novigrad, is the best cycling destination in all Istria. Porec has over 250 km of marked cycling trails, of various lenght and difficulty level; it also has bike-friendly accommodation.