Porec lies on Istria’s west coast and is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations. Initially founded by the Romans, the Old Town sits on a tiny peninsula. The main cultural attraction is the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, decorated with magnificent golden Byzantine mosaics and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Also, some noble Gothic and Baroque buildings are in the Old Town. Porec’s big modern hotel resorts lie out of town, along the coast.

Aerial view of the Croatian town Porec surrounded by deep blue sea
Aerial view of the Croatian town Porec

In short, Porec is a lovely place to visit while sailing the Istrian coast. July and August are the warmest months and the height of the tourist season. You can swim from May through October in Poreč’s clean sea waters.

Things to see and do

  • Walk the length of the Decumanus, the ancient Roman street with polished stones, in the Old Town.
  • At the end of the Decumanus, on the tip of the Old Town peninsula, see Trg Marafor. In Roman times this was the forum.
  • Tour the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica. View its stunning mosaics, baptistery, and belfry.
  • Visit the Sveti Nikola island, with beaches, pinewoods, and fine views back to Porec across the water.
  • Hire a bicycle and cycle bike trails.
  • Go scuba diving to explore wrecks and caves with Diving Center Porec.
  • Attend a classical music recital in the Euphrasian Basilica during the Concerts in Basilica festival.
  • Enjoy a free summer jazz performance during the Jazz in Lapidariju festival.
  • Dine on gourmet Istrian seafood at Sveti Nikola, on Porec’s seafront promenade.
  • Five miles northeast of Porec, visit Baredine Cave, known for its spectacular stalactite formations.
  • Drive to the Mirna Valley inland to join a truffle hunting tour with Karlić Tartufi.

Marinas and Anchorages

  • Marina Porec is located in Porec bay, immediately south of the Old Town. It offers 129 berths for boats up to 17m, laundry, wifi, and other services. It is open year-round.
  • Marina Parentium lies in front of the Zelena Laguna resort, four miles from Porec’s Old Town. And has 184 berths.

Other incredible Istria locations are Pula, Rovinj, Rabac, and Umag. All have an Italian influence, complemented by the outstanding wines and cuisine of the area.

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