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Poreč (Italian: Parenzo) is a town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia.

Get in[edit]

  • Venezia Lines sail from Venice to Poreč during the summer months of April to October. All their departures from Venice are at 17:00, arriving in Poreč at 19:30.

Returning from Porec to Venice, the sailing is at 08:00 with arrival in Venice at 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/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. At least three car rentals that also offer one-way rentals in Croatia.

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  • Euphrasian Basicila: UNESCO site rebuilt in the 6th century during the Byzantine Empire.
  • Streets of Decumanus and Cardo Maximus still have the original Roman structure and forms.
  • Baredine Cave, Gedići 55, Nova Vas, +385 52 421 333, [1]. Baredine Cave is the first speleological object and a geomorphological natural preserve in Istria evaluated for tourist visitations. The sightseeing lasts 40 minutes, visitors descend along a 300m long pathway up to 60m below the ground and an underground lake and visit 5 beautifully decorated chambers. An interesting detail of this adventurous trip is also the encounter with the underground world of animals: visitors will see the cave olm (Proteus anguinus Laurenti), endemic in this dinaric karst region- an animal that can be found only in this karst area.  edit

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  • Ulixes Decumanus 2 ☎ +385 52 451132. 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. Restaurants are quite expensive for Croatia.

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  • Apartments Lanterna Vagriba. A cluster of apartments about 15km away from Poreč itself. It’s cheap (GBP54 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.
  • Valamar Diamant Hotel, [2]. 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  edit
  • Valamar Crystal Hotel, [3]. The Valamar Crystal Hotel is family hotel, it's open from April to October. Info: 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 150m from hotel; other: evening music, sport center, tennis courts near, 2 meeting rooms, internet corner; price: from 72 eur twin room  edit
  • Valamar Luna Active Resort, [4]. Luna is located directly on the sea, ten minutes walk from Porec’s ancient town centre. For families with children and active holiday.  edit
  • Valamar Rubin Hotel, [5]. 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 100m from the hotel; sport/entertaiment centre; prices starts from €40 single room, €56 twin room.  edit
  • Valamar Club Tamaris, [6]. 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 a 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  edit
  • Villa Paolina, Rapavel 18, +385 91 456 2344, [7]. Villa Paolina is located in Rapavel, only 15 minutes drive from city centre of Poreč and many beaches. It can accommodate up to 8 persons. Villa has private pool and big enclosed garden with full privacy and is equipped with free flat Wi-Fi. English speaking owner can organize boat trips around Istria, fresh fish, local wine, olive oil, etc. from €21€-48 per person depending from season.  edit
  • Villa Stella, Fabci 37, +385 91 456 2344, [8]. Villa Stella is situated but only fifteen minutes by car away from Poreč, in a quiet oasis with beautiful colours. Villa has big private pool (52 m2) with attached waterfall, big enclosed garden, little garden of mediterranean herbs near outside BBQ. Wi-Fi is flat and free for use. Villa can accommodate up to 10 person. English speaking owner can organize boat trips around Istria, fresh fish, local wine, olive oil, etc. €20=45 per person, depending on season.  edit

Get out[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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