Poreč

HIGHLIGHTS

Poreč 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. Poreč is almost 2,000 years old, and is set around a harbor protected from the sea by the small island of Saint Nicholas/San Nicolo (St. Nicholas). The town’s population of approximately 12,000 resides mostly on the outskirts, while the wider Poreč area has a population of approximately 17,000 inhabitants. The municipal area covers 142 square kilometres (55 sq mi), with the 37 kilometres (23 miles) long shoreline stretching from the Mirna River near Novigrad to Funtana and Vrsar in the south.

Ever since the 1970s, the coast of Porec has been the most visited tourist destination in Croatia.

 

MAIN SIGHTS

The town plan still shows the ancient Roman Castrum structure. The main streets are Decumanus and Cardo Maximus, still preserved in their original forms. Marafor is a Roman square with two temples attached. A few houses from the Romanesque period have been preserved and beautiful Venetian Gothic palaces can be seen here. Originally a Gothic Francican church built in the 13th century, the ”Dieta Istriana”, hall was remodeled and in the Baroque style in the 18th century. The Euphrasian Basilica, rebuilt in the 6th century, under the Byzantine Empire and bishop Euphrasius, is the most important historical site in Porec. It is a protected World Heritage Site, so designated by UNESCO in 1997. Between the 12th and 19th centuries, the city had defensive walls.

Porec’s heritage can be seen in the historic town centre, in museums and galleries hosted in houses and palaces, many of them still private homes as they have been for centuries. In the off season, weekend visitors from Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Italy visit the area. Sports complexes are developed and used year-round.

1. Porec – Euphrasius basilica - The Euphrasius’ Basilica is the Cathedral of the Ascencion of Maria, but is because of Bishop Euphrasius, who built it, better known as the Euphrasius’ Basilica. The interior and façade of the church are made with glorious mosaics and belong to the most beautiful protected parts of the Byzantine art.

2. The Baredine cave - Nova Vas (Porec) - In the underground world of the Baredine Cave you can find a treasure of unique sculptures, stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands and thousands of years by the amazing play of nature. The Baredine Cave is a protected natural and geomorphologic monument, as well as the first caving site of Istria where, from this year on, you can see a historic exhibition of tractors, an exhibition on bread and oil, and a wine bar.

3. Events in Porec - Other interesting activities include Parenzana truffles tour, Vinistra (exhibition of wine) and bicycle race Istra Terra Magica Bike.