Porec Croatia Travel Guide

Porec Croatia (Parenzo in Italian) is the most developed tourist center, not only in Istria region but in entire Croatia. The entire Porec area is totally devoted to summer tourism.

The whole zone is a concentrate of a broad system of tourist resorts that stretches north and south along the west coast of Istria, attracting thousands of holidaymakers from June to September, mainly tourists from Italy and Germany.

The tourist infrastructures are scattered along 37 kilometers of Porec Riviera coastline between Mirna (river) and Limski Kanal (Limski Channel) .

In the south there are large tourist villages such as Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon, White Cove and Brulo while in the north are  Materada, Cervar, Ulika and Lanterna.

More than 30% of foreign tourists are staying here on the west coast of Istria, as the tourist most intense part of Croatia.

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Porec Croatia Map

Porec Croatia harbor map!

Porec (Parenzo in Italian) is located on the western side of Istria peninsula. The old city of Porec is nested on well protected peninsula, 400 m long and 200 m wide.

Porec harbor has a natural protection by several islands, among which the island St.Nicola (Otok Sveti Nikola) is the biggest one.

The wider area of Porec Riviera extends (see the map) from Novigrad in the north to Vrsar in the south, in the length of 37 km.

Its favorable geographical position makes Porec easily reachable from any important cities of central Europe. It's only 49 Km (31 Miles) from Trieste (Italy) and 102 Km (63 Miles) from Venice.

The nearest airport is Pula airport only 44 Km from Porec while Zagreb airport is 197 km to Porec.

Porec city on Istria peninsula map!

If you are traveling by car from Italy or Slovenia take highway A9 a north–south motorway in Croatia, with a length of 78.3 km (48.7 miles).

Beginning in Pula, it runs north to the Croatian motorway and at the Kanfanar interchange,  meets the A8 motorway, forming the Istria Y road system. For more info go to Wikipedia A9 highway page !

Many travelers visiting Venice as a top Italian destination, have a chance to to hop over to Istria peninsula (see the map)  to visit for a day or two, some Istria's highlight spots like Porec, Rovinj and Pula.

Venezia Lines is a high speed passenger ferry operator linking the North Adriatic coast of Italy with Croatia (Istria region). This company keeps regular connections to the Croatian coast (only passengers) in the period from the end of May to the mid of September.

Porec Croatia Weather

Porec benefits  from a mild Mediterranean climate. Summers are pleasantly warm, with low humidity and more than 10 hours of sun daily. The sea temperature in the summer sometimes can reach up to 28°C, more than in south Adriatic.

Winds in the region of Porec blow moderately and in summer blows mostly the light mistral. Winters are moderate and the snow very rare.

Porec Croatia History Overview

During the 2000 years old history of Porec, this town was under the rule of different states and rulers. The most prominent periods of Porec history are:

  • In 2 BC, a Roman settlement was established along this natural harbor, which developed into a fortified town. The ancient Roman town of Porec (Parenzo in Italian and Pentium in Roman times) was built with orthogonal street grid, where the main streets, Cardo Maximus and Decumanus and the Forum in the center, have remained unchanged until the present day.
  • During the period of Christian persecution in the 3rd Century, the first Bishop of Porec, Mauro, was a victim of the persecution of the Romans rulers. Later in the 6th Century, the Bishop Euphrasius built a basilica, which is the pearl of the architectural heritage of the town.
  • For the longest period, Porec  was a part of the Venetian Republic, from 1267 to 1797. Venetian influence is still visible today , like  a Romanic house and a few beautiful Venetian Gothic palaces.

Porec Croatia Historical Heritage

The most valuable cultural property in Porec. The Euphrasian Basilica registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997
Romanesque House from the mid-13th century is the oldest preserved house in Porec.
Canonica house from 1251 is the oldest Romanesque house in Porec which has preserved its original exterior.
Pentagonal Tower built in 1447, located at the beginning of Decumanus street, the city main artery.
Venetia Zuccato palace, a  nice example from Gothic and from Baroque period!
The house of two Saints a small, simple and rustic 15th century Renaissance structure. It was named after the reliefs of two saints on its facade!
Vergottini Palace is the 18th century Baroque structure!
The Porec theater was built in 1885 as Teatro Giuseppe Verdi!
Town gates and walls
North defensive tower of Peskera built in 1473 with gun ports and loopholes are clearly visible on its outside walls!
The great Neptune temple northwest of the Marafor Square!
Round Tower built in 1475 with loopholes and the original steep stone stairs!

Porec Croatia Streets and Squares

The old town preserved the street layout of the Old Roman Castrum. Two main streets, Dekumanus and Cardo Maximus  are still in their original ancient form.

Decumanus street, a charming promenade for those visiting Porec during the summer months!
Decumanus street, a charming promenade for those visiting Porec during the summer months!

Dekumanus street is the main and most popular Porec promenade, that runs east to west through the center of the Old Town. Marafor Square is where a Roman forum was once situated where the parts of two temples can still be found here.

One of them, erected in the 1st century, is dedicated to the Roman god Neptune, 30 meters wide and 11 meters long.

Marafor Square  an old Roman forum!

Porec Croatia Hotels

The choice of hotels in Porec is so diverse that it is easy to find hotel accommodation for any budget.


All inclusive resorts

If you are looking for Croatia all inclusive resorts in Croatia it's important to say that they don't differ from the usual definition of resorts you can find in other parts of the world like for example in the Caribbean, in Egypt, Dominican Republic or Maldives. 

Istria has been always known by numerous resorts scattered from Umag to Pula. Here is my personal resorts selection on Porec Croatia Riviera:

  • 4 stars Valmar Club Tamaris Porec - A newly renovated hotel complex Valamar Club Tamaris in Porec ideal for family holidays, sport and recreation lies in the green oasis of the Lanterna peninsula in Porec.
Valamar Club Tamaris

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