Local attractions, history, culture

Poreč

Poreč is located near numerous attractions such as national and nature parks, sports-adrenaline facilities and thousand-year-old monuments.

„Poreč is the most popular holiday resort in Istria and is frequently named the top resort in Croatia by the Croatian National Tourist Office.“

http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk

„Poreč’s richness is measured by its historical heritage, deeply rooted in this area for thousands of years.  The priceless city centre, located on a small peninsula submerged in the sea.  Its foundations were put in place during the time of the rule of the Roman Empire. From then until now the symmetrical geometric layout of the streets has been preserved, the along the length of Decumanus and transverse Cardo Street.“

http://www.myporec.com

 

Euphrasian Basilica

„The most valuable cultural property in Poreč, the Euphrasian Basilica, was registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997.  The early-Christian compound is the only complete landmark in the world preserved from that period.“

http://www.myporec.com/en/discover-porec/euphrasius-basilica

http://www.istra.hr/en/regions-and-towns/porec/arts-and-culture/cultural-sights/2857-ch-0?&l_over=1

 

Old Town Poreč

„The old town of Poreč is a monument of culture and some of the most famous tourist attractions of Poreč are located here. The historical centre of Poreč has preserved the street layout characteristic of the old Roman castrum that used to stand at the same location as Poreč.“

http://www.istriaexperience.com

 

Some of the attractions besides the Euphrasian Basilica are listed below:

The House of two Saints

„The house with a picturesque name, the House of Two Saints, is an example of the profane Renaissance in Poreč. The facade is decorated by two reliefs depicting straight standing saints, after which the house was named.“

http://www.istria-culture.com/en/the-house-of-two-saints-i85

 

Pentagonal Tower

„The Pentagonal Tower is a fortress near the former gates to the historic center of Poreč. It is located at the entrance to the main Decumanus street.“

http://www.porecmap.com/listing/pentagonal-tower-porec

The Great Temple and the Temple of Neptune

„The Great Temple – northwest of the Marafor Square. The remains (a part of the wall and foundation) of an ancient temple are from the beginning of the 1st century. The Temple of Neptune – in a park, west of the Marafor Square, only fragments of the ancient temple, which was dedicated to the god of the sea, Neptune, are preserved.“

http://www.myporec.com/en

 

Square Marafor

Marafor Square, the Poreč oldest and the biggest square is located at the very end of the peninsula. Probably its name comes from the words “Mars” and “forum” which means “Mars’ Square”.

http://www.porecmap.com/listing/marafor-square-porec

 

The Round Tower

„The Round tower is part of what remains from the defensive wall of Poreč. It was situated on the southeastern part of the Poreč peninsula, from where arrivals from sea and land were controlled. It was built in 1474 during the ruling of the podesta’ Pietro da Mulo.“

http://www.muzejporec.hr/en/home/about-the-museum/buildings-spaces/round-to

 

The Istrian Council House

“Originally a Gothic Franciscan Church from the 13th century. It stands between Park Juraj Dobrila and Laginja’s shore. The interior of the building was made in Baroque style in the mid-18th century. On the ceiling there is Baroque plastering with illusionistic frescoes in medallions.”

http://histrica.com/istria/blue/porec

 

Attractions in the vicinity of Poreč

Brijuni National Park

“The Brijuni islands, found along the southwestern coast of Istria, were proclaimed a national park in 1983. They cover an area of 2,700 acres, and total fourteen larger and small islands, of which the largest are Veliki and Mali Brijun. Brijuni National Park is an oasis of the magnificent harmony between man, animal and plant life. There are almost 700 plant species and about 250 bird species on the islands, whereas the mild Mediterranean climate makes it a pleasant health resort.”

http://www.np-brijuni.hr

http://histrica.com/istria

Distance from Poreč: about 50 km by car.

 

Lim Bay

“Lim bay is the one of the most beautiful natural resources of the Istrian peninsula. It is also known under the name of the Lim channel or the Lim fiord though both expressions are incorrect since the geological beginnings are interpreted through the erosive activity of the Pazincica, a rivulet that now is in its largest part a small gulf.”

http://www.istria-culture.com/en/lim-bay-i121

Distance from Poreč: about 20 km by car.

 

Baredine Cave

“The cave is a geomorphological monument of nature since 1986, and it has been opened for visitors since 1995. It is situated in the western part of Istria. The sightseeing lasts 40 minutes; visitors descend along a 300 m long pathway up to 60 m below the ground and an underground lake and visit five beautifully decorated chambers.”

http://www.baredine.com

http://www.myporec.com

Distance from Poreč: about 8 km by car.

 

Nature park Učka

“Učka Nature Park encompasses the Mount Učka and a part of the Ćićarija mountain range. It is located along the northern Adriatic coast at one of the most northerly points of the Mediterranean, right where Istria meets the continental part of Croatia. Due to its relief and proximity to the sea, the area is characterised by a particular climate and lush forest vegetation. Also important are its rich meadows and other anthropogenic habitats that are home to numerous endemic, threatened and protected plant and animal species.”

http://www.pp-ucka.hr/

Distance from Poreč: about 70 km by car.

 

Cape Kamenjak and the Medulin Islands

“Cape Kamenjak is a nature park located on the Premantura peninsula on the southern tip of Istria. The park has a nature of unusual landscape, miles of rugged coastline and beaches to enjoy, coves and caves to explore.”

http://www.kamenjak.hr

Distance from Poreč: about 70 km by car.

 

Hum

“The smallest town in the World by the Guinness. It is located in the central Istria.”

www.istriaexperience.com/en/hum

Distance from Poreč: about 60 km by car.

 

Motovun

“Old town Motovun is located on the hill at the central Istria vineyards region. From the city walls there is a spectacular view over the vineyards, the Mirna valley and the St. Marco Forest, which is known as the largest natural habitat of the white truffle”.

http://www.tz-motovun.hr/

Distance from Poreč: about 30 km by car.

 

Rovinj

“Situated on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on the Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year.”

http://www.tzgrovinj.hr

http://www.rovinj.com/

Distance from Poreč: about 35 km by car.

 

Pula

“Pula is a modern town with rich history and a multitude of cultural monuments. It is the largest town in Istria and is regarded as capital of Istria region. The most famous and important monument in Pula is Amphitheater, popularly called the Arena of Pula, which was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome.”

http://www.pulainfo.hr/

Distance from Poreč: about 60 km by car

 

Aquacolors water park

“Aquacolors water park is the largest water park in Croatia. The park is located along the side of the Zelena Laguna Resort, next to the road leading from Poreč to Funtana and Vrsar.”

https://www.aquacolors.eu/

Distance from Poreč: located in Poreč area

 

Bike trails: the Parenzana, the Route from Buje to Vižinada…

“There are numerous bike trails in Istria with the Parenzana trail being the most popular.”

http://www.istria-bike.com/

Distance from Poreč: not defined