Poreč is a city and a popular tourist destination in the county of Istria in Croatia. It is located on the west coast of Istria in the beautiful harbor. The Old town, historical center of the city is situated on the peninsula, while the newer part of town, hotel, and tourist complexes are located along the coast north and south of the old town. This is the second-largest city in Istria, after Pula, with about 17,000 residents.
Poreč has been inhabited since ancient times. In the 2nd century BC on the peninsula was raised Roman castrum, and later was awarded the status of the city and city walls around the old town were built. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Poreč came under Byzantine rule. In the 6th century was built an imposing Euphrasian Basilica, which was named after Bishop Euphrasius. The basilica is now included on the UNESCO World Heritage list as the only completely preserved monument of that time in the world. From the 13th until the end of the 18th century, Poreč was under Venetian rule. In that time, the city was developing, becoming a trading center of this part of Istria. Beautiful Gothic and Baroque palaces Zuccato, Parisi - Gonan were built at this era and many others that have been preserved to this day. In the middle of the 19th century, when Austrian aristocracy discovered it, tourism started developing. In 1910 first hotel Riviera was built.
Today Poreč has thirty hotels, many apartments, campsites and marinas making it the top of the Croatian tourist offer. In the vicinity of Poreč there are countless beaches, and 21 of them has a blue flag as proof of clean sea and quality service. There are gravel, concrete, rocky or sandy beach Maro, which is ideal for families with small children. Also, opposite to Poreč is the island of Sveti Nikola which protects it from the sea, wind, and waves. Active vacation lovers can enjoy in coastal walks, bike trails, adventure park Sky Fox, aeropark in Vrsar, jeep safari, free climbing, and many other activities. The city is full of restaurants and taverns that offer superior Istrian food and fine Istrian wines that you have to try and taste.
Visit Poreč, this millennial city with centuries of tradition and spend holidays enjoying in rich tourist offering. Welcome to Poreč!
Poreč and its surroundings have strong links to active holidays, sport, and recreation tailored to all ages. Poreč's climate is favorable for outdoor sporting activities almost all year round whilst in hotels, you have fitness rooms, wellness, saunas, gyms, and in-door swimming-pools at your disposal.
For those more romantic, the mild Mediterranean climate is ideal for cycling and walking. Some of you might be encouraged to go riding whilst those with both their feet firmly on the ground will hardly resist the call of attractive walking and climbing trails.
During your summer vacation, you can discover your hidden talents in one of the various sports schools or get fit again on the courts where some world-famous sportspeople have played.
In the tourist villages and camps as well as in hotels there are around twenty sport and courts, futsal pitches, bowling greens, golf, and mini-golf courses.
Poreč is also proud of some grassy football pitches, four polyvalence sports halls as well as bowling and squash halls. Outdoor table tennis tables, airgun shooting, archery, darts, snooker, chess, and skittles. Here you can also rent bikes and scooters to set out on new adventures.
Entertainment for the entire family is guaranteed on exciting karting circuits.