Get out your Croatian phrase book and get ready for a truly unique holiday experience! Holidays to Porec are everything you expect from an idyllic Mediterranean getaway and more. This hidden gem offers an abundance of natural beauty and cultural wonders, many of which have been relatively ignored by mass tourism until recent years. Porec itself is a truly authentic Croatian town located in the west of the country, and most notably home to the stunning Euphrasian Basilica – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A large range of accommodation is available, allowing many different kinds of holidaymakers to come here to enjoy the sunshine. Hotels in the town centre are conveniently placed and allow you to visit the main tourist hotspots with little effort by day - and ensure a short walk home after a night out. If you prefer peace, quiet and privacy, then a number of accommodation options can be found along the coast, which also provide you with exclusive access to the beach.
Located in the very west of Croatia, Porec has a large number of cultural and historical sites that attract visitors from around the globe. The massive Euphrasian Basilica, whose construction began as early as the 5th century BC, is a stand-out example of Byzantine architecture and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The entire Episcopal complex, made up of many different buildings, will take at least a day to fully explore, while those interested in the area's fascinating history should visit the local museum.
With narrow streets, impressive architecture and a tranquil harbour protected by the island of Saint Nicholas, Porec holidays are sure to charm any visitor.
Take a short trip to the breath-taking Baredine cave, which is home to a marvellous display of stalagmites and stalactites. A guided tour takes 40 minutes and is highly recommended.
Conveniently located near the Italian boarder, holidays in Porec allow for a day trip to Venice. This romantic canal city is famous for its unique atmosphere and vibrant carnival celebrations. One of the epicentres of the Renaissance age, there's a wealth of art, culture and history to be discovered here.
Wine and Dine
Holidays to Porec are a unique culinary adventure. Many traditional local restaurants are scattered across town, offering something for everyone. Those looking for an exclusive experience of local as well as European cuisine should head over to the famous restaurant, Sv. Nikola. Less pricey options are Konoba Aba and Konoba Daniela, where a wide range of delicious and fresh seafood options are available.
Locally produced olive oil, considered to be amongst the best in the world, is widely available. With the Italian boarder so close by, it might not come as a surprise that there are several good Italian dining options. Grab a delicious pizza at Pizzeria Nono if you're looking for a change from the local cuisine.
Porec is an excellent destination for family holidays, with a wide range of activities to enjoy. The beautiful beaches offer an opportunity to soak up some sunshine and build sandcastles by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Beyond beaches, Porec is a popular destination for cyclists. Rent some bikes and take your family out for an unforgettable trip around the countryside, where you get to enjoy stunning coastal roads and panoramic views of the surrounding area.
The popular Aquacolors waterpark opened in 2015 and is an exciting and thrilling option for the whole family. For those who can't get enough, the Istralandia water park is located just 30 kilometres away, within easy reach for a day trip!
Why not check out the Dinosaur Park? An ancient quarry near the village of Funtana has been converted into a family friendly park offering electric dinosaur models and amusement rides. The surrounding pine forests provide much-needed shade in the summer months.
Action and Adventure
Those looking for action, adventure and adrenaline have plenty of options in Porec! Most notably, a water-ski and wakeboard lift located in the Zelena Laguna Resort, which allows you to enjoy your favourite watersports without the need for a boat or a driver! Ramps for jumps are also available.
For those who prefer the real deal, many watersports options are available along the main beaches. From windsurfing to kitesurfing, everything is available. Jet ski hire is very popular, as it's cheaper here than many other places in the Mediterranean.
A popular destination amongst mountain bikers, the countryside surrounding Porec offers thrilling mountain bike trails and beautiful scenery.
Life's a Beach
Porec has lots of beaches, spreading from Cervar in the northwest to Zelena Laguna Resort in the southeast. The most popular beaches are Pical, Brulo, Porto Busola, and the stunning beaches in Zelena Laguna Resort. With so many options, you can afford to visit a different beach every day!
Porec's coast is mostly rocky, resulting in several pebbly beaches. However, many beaches have been artificially converted to sand beaches for the sun-seekers. It is possible to spend the entire day at the beach. A large number of watersports can be found, from water-skiing to jet skiing. Parasols and sunbeds can also be hired.
Porec is a lively town with plenty to do in the way of nightlife. The main strip boasts a lively nightlife scene with bars of many different characters, as well as nightclubs. The most famous club in Porec, Byblos, offers high quality drinks and big name DJs during high season. Epoca is a harbourfront bar with friendly staff and a sociable buzz worth exploring. If you're after something slightly different, Yesterday is a Beatles-themed bar where unplugged local acts play on Fridays.
Porec is also an ideal destination for couples, as it offers many exciting and romantic activities for couples to enjoy. A range of exclusive hotels in the city centre make exploring the city easy. However, if you fancy keeping out of the hustle and bustle of town life, there are plenty of places to stay in quieter areas. The resorts of Cervar Porat and Zelena Laguna offer easy beach access, and are only a ten-minute drive from Porec itself.
In and around Porec, you'll find many opportunities for wine tasting – a favoured activity for couples on holiday. Agrolaguna winery, located in Porec itself, is the largest wine producer in the region and offers affordable wine tasting sessions.
Istria's olive oil is considered to be amongst the best in the world, thanks to the region's perfect climate for growing olives. Book yourself in for an olive picking tour, where you and your significant other can learn all you need to know about olive picking and tasting!
The coastal town’s vibrant history is reflected in its remarkably varied architecture, offering perfect examples of Roman, Byzantine and Venetian structures. The historical structures found reflect the rich history of the vibrant Mediterranean culture.
Porec's location puts it at the point where 'western' and 'eastern' Europe meet, and this is also strongly reflected in the local culture.
The local people's love for wine and olive oil is very evident and many connoisseurs consider it to be amongst the best in the world.