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Poreč (Italian: Parenzo) is on the Adriatic coast of Croatia in the region of Istria. It is an ancient Roman town that now is very popular with tourists. The beauty of Poreč attracts thousands of visitors every summer which can make the region feel very busy from June to September.

Get in[edit]

Euphrasian Basilica, interior
  • Venezia Lines sail from Venice to Poreč during the summer months (April–October).

All departures from Venice are at 17:00 - Arrival at Porec 19:30 Return from Porec to Venice at 08:00 and arrival in Venice 10:30.

Get around[edit]

Poreč is very small, and it's almost impossible to get lost in the town. There is a bus station, and taxi rank nearby if you are staying at one of the many hotel and apartment complexes out of town. If you enter into the old town, which is to the right from the bus station, you will see a tourist office (logo has blue i). The tourist office will give you a map of the area.


Map of Poreč
Euphrasian Basilica, exterior
  • Streets. Its Decumanus and Cardo Maximus still have Roman structure original forms.




  • 1 Ulixes, Decumanus 2, +385 52 451 132. This cosy little restaurant was a surprise to find in the very touristy Poreč. There's the choice of dining in a candlelit stone-clad interior outside in the sunny terrace. The service is very friendly and helpful (speaking English, Italian, German and Croatian!) Between two people you can have a whole fresh fish, with baked vegetables, quite simple but absolutely delicious. Worth visiting this town just to eat here. Prices are quite expensive for Croatia.



Obala maršala Tita, a street along the seacoast
  • Apartments Lanterna Vagriba. A cluster of apartments about 15 km away from Poreč itself. It’s cheap (£54 a night for a four bed apartment), but you’ll need a taxi to get into town (or wait for the infrequent bus). The places themselves are clean, with dining/living room, shower, balcony and kitchen, there are a few restaurants and bars on site plus a cheesy disco. It’s mainly populated by mainly German tourists with frightening hair and orange tans.
  • [dead link]Apartment Sunshine Porec. Self-catering apartment Sunshine Porec is located on the outskirts of Porec, 1.5 km from the sea and 3 km from the center of Porec. Apartment consists of one bedroom, open-plan living room with fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a balcony with beautiful views over Istrian countryside. Accommodates 2; daily prices from €40.
  • Valamar Club Tamaris. Valamar Club Tamaris is located on the Lanterna peninsula surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, open from April to October, 390 rooms: single, twin and family rooms, studio apartments; Valeta à la carte restaurant, restaurant and bar at the pool, cocktail-bar, lobby bar, # wellness contents, beauty center, cardio-gym, outdoor swimming pool and pool for children, whirlpool, pebble beach 100 m from the hotel; prices from €57 single room, €88 double room
  • Valamar Crystal Hotel, Porec, HR 52240. The Valamar Crystal Hotel is family hotel, it's open from April to October. 223 rooms; 453 beds, 6 floors; rooms: single, twin and triple rooms, twin rooms with extra bed, quad rooms and suite; two restaurants and bars; outdoor swimming pool and swimming pool for children, whirlpool; beach 150 m from hotel; other: evening music, sport center, tennis courts near, 2 meeting rooms, internet corner; price: from €72 twin room
  • Valamar Diamant Hotel. The Valamar Diamant Hotel in Poreč, is located in the shade of green pine trees close to the sea, and is a ten minute walk from the picturesque centre of Poreč itself. The wide selection of food, spacious wellness centre, imaginatively designed indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the large number of sporting facilities
  • Valamar Pinia Hotel. Pinia is located directly on the sea, ten minutes walk from Porec’s ancient town centre. For families with children and active holiday.
  • Valamar Rubin Hotel. Open from April to October, 258 air-conditioned rooms; 483 beds, 9 floors, 2 lifts; single rooms, twin rooms with extra beds, triple and family rooms; restaurant, bars; outdoor swimming pool and swimming pool for children; beach 100 m from the hotel; sport and entertainment center; prices starts from €40 single room, €56 twin room.

Go next[edit]

Buses leave from the town's bus station every couple of hours to Pula and Rijeka. Buses leave about four times a day to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. You can buy your tickets at the bus stations on the day of departure.

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